NIU President Baker and Senator Durbin meet with Fermilab senior management

Northern Illinois University president met with Fermilab leadership and Senator Durbin on Wednesday. From left: Fermilab Chief Operating Officer Tim Meyer, Northern Illinois University Professor and Director of Accelerator Science Swapan Chattopadhyay, Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer, Senator Dick Durbin, NIU Vice President for Research and Innovation Lesley Rigg, NIU President Doug Baker. Photo courtesy of Shanthi Muthuswamy, NIU

On Wednesday, Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker convened a small roundtable discussion on federal support for research with special guest Senator Dick Durbin.

The group discussed the value of research to the future of the United States and the need to address support for science in an atmosphere of intense budget pressures. The U.S. commitment to a strong science, technology and innovation enterprise influences young people and can attract the world’s top talent.