What I missed on Christmas vacation:
U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) trumpets $2.6 million in federal funding for two projects at the University of Louisville, dealing with "cutting-edge research in abdominal wound healing" and a Department of Defense grant for a new technological center at U of L.
Here's the release from Yarmuth's office:
On Saturday, President Obama signed into law the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2010, approving $2.6 million in funding for Louisville projects requested by Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3). The funding will be directed to two major research programs at the University of Louisville geared to improve the treatment of battlefield wounds and develop new logistics and distribution technologies for defense operations.
“Nationally, these investments will improve the efficiency of our military and provide cutting-edge care for wounded servicemen and women,” said Congressman Yarmuth. “Closer to home, they will add to Louisville’s reputation as a hub for research and business innovation, creating more opportunities for economic growth.”
“We appreciate Congressman Yarmuth's ability to secure important federal research dollars for the University of Louisville,” said Dr. James Ramsey, President of the University of Louisville. “These new resources will help UofL's ongoing mission of finding ways to support and care for the brave men and women in the U.S. military. The funds will also move UofL further down the path of becoming a premier metropolitan research university."
The projects receiving funding include:
· $1.6 Million - University of Louisville Research Foundation to improve the treatment of battlefield wounds - Roughly 1 in 5 service members with abdominal battlefield wounds are likely to die of their injuries or resulting complications. The battlefield situation differs from classic civilian emergency medical systems. Extraction of wounded combatants from the place of injury may be difficult and delayed, placing a major burden on military healthcare. This funding will be used to support cutting-edge research in abdominal wound healing in both emergency and long term situations to prevent subsequent infection, poor tissue blood flow, and cell/organ injury damage/death in battlefield injuries.
· $1.2 Million – University of Louisville Research Foundation to develop new GPS and RFID technologies - The U.S. Department of Defense requires the largest and most complex logistics and distribution system in the world. In order to better support the DOD mission, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) continually seeks to reduce costs and improve delivery times to its customers in the field. A new research center at the University of Louisville will aim to develop new technologies and systems to achieve these goals. Two key technologies are becoming increasingly important in many logistical operations: radio frequency identification (RFID) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) - The RFID Tech Center will focus on the development of next generation models and algorithms to design, operate and manage the logistical system efficiently and effectively using the continuously generated data from these two technologies. (Secured with Senator Mitch McConnell).
The legislation was initially passed by the House in July. The Senate passed the bill in October, and a conference report was signed by the President last Saturday.