Category Archives: Funding

All NIH Restructuring Proposals Need to Explicitly State Who Gets Culled

My first reaction to this Cell article by Ronald Germain which offers a supposed solution to some of science’s funding problems was, “I love it when the Very Serious Scientists reinvent ideas the riff-raff discarded as unworkable years ago. Genius, … Continue reading

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People Have To Like This Crap: The Bernie Sanders Edition

Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, not exactly a socialist firebrand, notes the following (boldface mine): How is it that Democrats forgot about the joys Santa Claus can bring? How is it that Republicans managed to steal the Santa idea from … Continue reading

Posted in Democrats, Funding

The Mandatory Sentence in the LaCour Coverage That Matters

So the science Twitterz and bloggysphere is being roiled by the LaCour scandal, which involves a whole lot of scientific fraud along with ridiculously shoddy oversight. But what I keep reading in every story–and then which is dropped like a … Continue reading

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Surprisingly, A GOP Bill Claims One Thing and Then Does the Opposite: The COMPETES Act Edition

Consider the NSF is a government agency, this is pretty harsh language about the COMPETES Act (boldface mine; emphasis original): H.R. 1806 (Section 102) recognizes that “the Foundation has made major contributions for more than 60 years to strengthen and … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Fucking Morons, Funding, NSF, The War on Science

Firing Faculty and Lack of Agency

Recently, an Iowa legislator proposed a ‘Hunger Games’ scenario for faculty retention: A bill circulating in the Iowa State Senate offers a novel (and cutthroat) way to hold professors accountable: putting their fates into students’ hands, Survivor-style. Every year the … Continue reading

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Some Doubts About the Proposed NIH Doubling

Former Republican congressman Newt Gingrich recently proposed a doubling of the NIH budget. To provide some context, from ~1994 – 2003, the NIH budget was doubled. Then the music stopped, funding plateaued, and even declined in real dollars, leading to … Continue reading

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The Scientific Cost of Reflexive Ass-Covering

Or to use the term of art, proactive crisis management (rinses vomit out of mouth; boldface mine): If they [NIH researchers] want to leave, though, to meet with scientists around the world at scientific and medical conferences, they spend their … Continue reading

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