We Need a Science Status Report

June 15th, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized

In September, 2008, I posted from an Open Letter to the American people signed by 61 Nobel laureates:

”During the administration of George W. Bush, vital parts of our country’s scientific enterprise have been damaged by stagnant or declining federal support.  The government’s scientific advisory process has been distorted by political considerations. As a result, our once dominant position in the scientific world has been shaken and our prosperity has been placed at risk. We have lost time critical for the development of new ways to provide energy, treat disease, reverse climate change, strengthen our security, and improve our economy.” [Boldface and italics mine]

I’d love to hear from those scientists about how Obama is doing with respect to science and the issues they raised. I don’t really follow politics now that someone who makes me feel safe is in office, and I know that the budget he proposes includes lots of cuts, but not to science (or less to science), but that’s about all I know.

Looking out my window last night while I was working on the couch.

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  1. 3 Responses to “We Need a Science Status Report”

  2. By tagryn on Jun 15, 2011

    I doubt that the signers would issue an update, since it was an ad-hoc rather than stable group or organization, but this would be a decent (nonpartisan) place to make one’s own evaluation:
    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/subjects/

  3. By Karen (the one in North Carolina) on Jun 15, 2011

    Wow – that is one of the coolest photographs I’ve seen lately.

    Sorry, I can’t speak to the letter. My interest has always been in the humanities (my major was German at Ohio State) which has taken a real beating in academia lately. I always thought a liberal arts degree was a good foundation to whatever you wanted to do with your life. Obviously I was wrong according to what I see the Republicans doing to our education system.

  4. By Stacy Horn on Jun 16, 2011

    Thanks for that link! He’s done very well with respect to the sciences.

    Karen, thanks for the compliment about my photograph! What has been happening with the humanities in academia?

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