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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

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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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The War on the NAEP: Another ‘Victory’ For Sequestration

So Matt Di Carlo points us to some depressing news about sequestration and the NAEP, which is used to assess U.S. educational progress: The 2015 budget estimates by the federal Office of Management and Budget, project a 5 percent cut … Continue reading

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The Folly of Long-Term Projections (Still the Punditiest Pundit EVAH!)

For reasons I don’t understand, pundits are finally starting to realize that most-long term economic projections are ridiculous–and, yes, we were out in front of the curve on this. While this is wonky, it really does matter: politicians use these … Continue reading

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One More Damn Thing That Needs Fixing: The Storm Tracking Edition

Well, this little story about the ongoing decay of U.S. infrastructure is discouraging (boldface mine): Computing power gives Europeans a commanding advantage when it comes to weather forecasting and storm tracking, but the new head of the National Weather Service … Continue reading

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The Healthcare Crisis Is Still Not Budgetary: Once More Unto the CRE Breach

One of the most frustrating things about the whole fixation on deficits and budgets is that it ignores the real crises we face, such as carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (E. coli and relatives that are resistant to virtually all antibiotic therapy): This … Continue reading

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It Is Now As Hard to Get a NIH R01 Grant As It Is to Get Into Harvard

And you only have to get into Harvard once, not every three to five years. This is incredibly depressing: And the NHLBI: The NHLBI has established an interim payline at the 6th percentile (inclusive) for investigator initiated R01/R21 research grant … Continue reading

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When’s the Last Time You’ve Heard a Bailed-Out Investment Banker or a Defense Contractor Say This?

Money I have in existing grant for my summer salary will go to pay my students in absence of NSF funding. #studentsfirst #sequester — skullsinthestars (@drskyskull) February 27, 2013 I’m guessing never. Just saying. Anger is the appropriate emotion.

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What Sequestration Means to Me As a Scientist

For those who don’t know, on March 1, the sequester of the federal budget kicks in, which will reduce federal spending across the board by about eight percent for all non-military items (military spending is cut by about nine percent). … Continue reading

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