Category Archives: I For One Welcome Our Austerity Overlords

All Right We Are Two Nations

Recently, the Russell Sage Foundation surveyed what they called “elites”, people who are at or near the top 1 percent of U.S. wealth-holders and have an average income of more than $1 million annually. As the kids used to say … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, I For One Welcome Our Austerity Overlords

I’m Going With “Economic Elite Domination”

There’s a very interesting post by Larry Bartels about a recent political science paper that examines which groups in the U.S. succeed in the political system. You’ll never guess what happened next! A forthcoming article in Perspectives on Politics by … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Economics, I For One Welcome Our Austerity Overlords | 5 Comments

NIH Cuts and Science Job Losses

Jeremy Berg lays out what the failure to replace the sequestration cuts at NIH means: Also, based on previous years, we can reason that about 30 percent of those who would have been funded without the sequester would have been … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Funding, I For One Welcome Our Austerity Overlords, NIH | 2 Comments

Now We Will Lose Fungal Resources: The Infrastructure Hits Just Keep Coming

The next time you hear someone talk about how important science is, you might want to remind them that you get what you pay for (boldface mine): This morning brought another piece of bad news. This concerns a valuable resource … Continue reading

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Some Relief For Scientific Funding

Following yesterday’s depressing report about funding rates, we come across this synopsis of what the latest budget deal means for scientific research: While the appropriations bill gives the National Institutes of Health $1 billion more than what it got under … Continue reading

Posted in Funding, I For One Welcome Our Austerity Overlords, NIH, NSF

In My NIH Funding World, R01 Grants Are Getting Crushed

While funding might seem like a boring part of science, remember that all the cool stuff that gets mangled in the popular press you read about online and so on costs money. When there’s less money, there’s a good chance … Continue reading

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We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Framingham Heart Survey

Austerity roolz! (boldface mine): The Framingham Heart Study, the nation’s longest running large-scale analysis of cardiovascular disease, is facing a budget reduction of $4 million, or about 40 percent of the money it receives through its core contract with the … Continue reading

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