science funding

Any Port in a Storm: Public and Private Sector Funding for Science

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted the profound change that has occurred in the funding of science in the United States. I agree that the science enterprise has changed, and will continue to change, with a much greater opportunity through private philanthropy to support research. Read more >

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The Sciences, the Humanities, and the Sequester: Partners in Democracy at Risk

, democracy analyst, Center for Science & Democracy

As a current ACLS Public Fellow, I had the privilege earlier this month of attending this year’s American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. ACLS advances learning in all fields of the humanities and social sciences and supports relationships among 71 national societies devoted to these fields. The conference is a gathering of delegates from member societies, a chance for research fellows to share their work, and an opportunity for everyone to discuss the current state of the humanities and social sciences in our society today. Read more >

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A Dangerous Approach: Lawmaker Proposes Changes to How the National Science Foundation Funds Science

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

The targeting of specific government grants has become old hat in Washington DC, an easy way to score cheap political points. Targets have included fruit fly research in Paris, studies of duck genitalia, and research involving shrimp on a treadmill, but in all cases, further investigation has shown that the seemingly odd projects have direct ties to real-world applications. These skirmishes have now escalated into power grabs that serve to undermine entire fields of research. Read more >

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