Posted by: Michael Mandel on May 07
I just got this press release from the American Physical Society. This is the sort of thing which depresses me. If we can’t find the money to spend on science and innovation, then my optimism index goes way down.
America’s Physics Nobel Laureates Send Letter to President Bush Requesting Emergency Science Funding to Reverse Damage to Science
WASHINGTON, D.C.- America’s Physics Nobel Laureates sent a letter to President Bush today requesting that $510 million be included in the Fiscal Year 2008 Emergency Supplemental Bill in an effort to reverse the damage done to basic science research in the FY ’08 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.
After the Omnibus Appropriations Bill passed last year, scientists lost their jobs; grants and fellowships were cut; and facilities operations were scaled back at national laboratories. In addition, the nation’s $160 million contribution to the construction of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), was cut from the budget, damaging our reputation as a reliable partner for international projects.
The FY ’08 budget sent the wrong message to aspiring scientists who are considering entering the science field. Instead of doubling funding as outlined in the bipartisan American COMPETES Act, which passed Congress by an overwhelming margin last year, it even fails to provide for inflation-adjusted costs.
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