Category Archives: Funding

Our Scientific Infrastructure Is Not Robust: The Entomology Edition

Many moons ago, some asshole with a blog noted the following about our scientific infrastructure: One of the ridiculous things about many depictions of science in TV and movies is the notion that there’s this huge infrastructure: shiny labs (which … Continue reading

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In Public Health, Defending The Status Quo Isn’t Good Enough

Public health programs, which is to say their funding, are under assault by Il Trumpe and the Republicans (WORST BAND NAME EVAR). Recently, they announced they would cut programs that track and combat infectious disease in other countries–for those of … Continue reading

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Getting Graduate Student Labor Right And Overheads Wrong

There’s a very good op-ed about why universities charge tuition to Ph.D. students at all (boldface mine): It’s not the norm for PhD students to pay any tuition. Where I’m in graduate school, at Yale, the billing and payment for … Continue reading

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Yes, We Have A STEM Glut

The NY Times catches up to what scientists, especially biologists, have been saying for years (and years, and years, and years, and years, and years, and years, and years, and years, and years, and years, and years, and years, and … Continue reading

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The Fragility Of Scientific Infrastructure

While the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico must be the primary concern, it also reminds us that scientific infrastructure, despite what is commonly depicted in movies and on the dangblasted teevee machine, is far more fragile than we realize … Continue reading

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Sort Of Good News For NIH

So the Republican-controlled House is pretty much telling Il Trumpe et alia they’re not happy with his proposed NIH budget (boldface mine): In a bill released this week, lawmakers in the US House of Representatives are seeking a 3 percent … Continue reading

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The Republican War On Standards

And I’m not referring to the usual pundit complaint about how mean and uncivil everyone is supposedly being. I mean the National Institute of Standards and Technology (‘NIST’). While it’s fun to joke about NIST being the keepers of official … Continue reading

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