Michael O. Leavitt: The key to jobs in Utah lies in life sciences

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  • #1 Champ Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2011 10:17 a.m.

    Another great article Gov Leavitt.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    March 7, 2011 9:47 p.m.

    I hate this whining all the time about teacher pay. Teachers knew what they would get. Problem is even with a $ 39,000 average we still don't know if benefits are included in that or they really average more like $50,000. So it isn't a fortune, but a lot more than my daughter makes and she has an A.B. The best thing for an economy is get rid of the red tape and lower corporate taxes. Ours is the world's highest. It just forces companies out of the country.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2011 7:31 p.m.

    Great article. And, the state has done a great job fostering an environment for such an industry. The state as it has been for many years is very supportive of science. There are other industries in the state could lead. Mineral extraction, wind and solar power production. One area it needs to find a way to lead is in water conservation.

  • Gus Talwynd Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2011 2:13 p.m.

    Unfortunately, the conservative objection to science in general and biological science inhibits such necessary development. The key is money in building infrastructure, providing the necessary tools and teachers, to have a successful program.

    Expanding where there is significant disapproval of the basic tenants of science is a difficult path. It would be unusual if the people of Utah initiated a concerted effor to move in this direction as it would require a massive change in thinking about science and society.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    March 6, 2011 1:18 p.m.

    If only the legislature could comprehend this. They like to talk about creating jobs but then they are trying to destroy public education. Why can't they see that the results of cutting education defeats their own objective?

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2011 9:36 a.m.

    Good words, but talk is cheap.

    Budget cuts this year gutted programs that offered financial incentives to attract the best science teachers to our schools.

    How do you achieve a high-tech economy in this state when you can't hire and retain top-notch science teachers?

    If Utah is going to have a high-tech economy, then the only way it's going to happen is if we import the scientists and engineers from elsewhere. We seem unwilling to invest in generating the scientifically literate workforce from our own population.

  • fanUVU Orem, UT
    March 6, 2011 7:43 a.m.

    Life sciences is UofU centered, for the most part, with some spill over to USU. What about the rest of the state and its other institutions? Yes, it is a good start but Utah offers other exceptional areas for growth, i.e., in IT-related areas, general aerospace technologies, etc.

  • Utah Teacher Orem, UT
    March 6, 2011 5:03 a.m.

    Great opinion piece.

    Did you know that teachers with a degree in Biology earn less in Utah than a teacher with a Physical Science or Chemistry degree? Even a teacher with an "integrated science" degree (which I can't even find as an option at a Utah university) earns more money than a Biology major.

    A few year ago a bill was passed that gave a bonus to science and math teachers. Except for some reason Biology teachers were left out of it.

    Gov. Leavitt gives some great reasons why they should be included.

  • Utah Joe murray, utah
    March 6, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    I agree that creating jobs is the challenge of the day. Life sciences is a good place to focus. I also believe that USTAR has been good for our state.

    Thanks Gov. Leavitt for your leadership.