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I am not sure if anyone has posted on this yet, but there is an excellent article in the Huffington Post about the effects of the sequestration on research universities and the primary investigators currently trying to scrape by in the current, horrible funding climate.

I happened to work in the same building as the professor from the University of Virginia mentioned in the article and can tell you that things are every bit as bad in every lab on every floor of his building, spanning 6 different departments.

Something needs to change, and change soon.

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  •  This has been an ongoing (5+ / 0-)

    issue since the Reagan years.  I left my position as a biology professor when it became nearly impossible to get funding for basic research, and went back to medical school way back in 1984.

    This is just more of the same, as we applaud ignorance and anti-intellectualism.  ( Remember one Yale/Harvard graduate presidentail candidate deriding another for being too intellectual?)

    The rise of the religious right has been directly responsible for the anti-intellectual, anti-science, anti-education direction the country has taken.

    As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

    by BPARTR on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 11:48:26 AM PDT

    •  What I find extremely frustrating (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      pvasileff, alain2112, scotths, chimene

      is the fact that they don't know what they are doing.

      Politicians say they want the US to be leading the way in scientific innovation, and then they cut the legs out from under their scientists.

      Over the last 10-15 years, the US government has spent literally billions of US taxpayer dollars on training grants in order to produce an entire generation of new, young scientists.  These scientists had to decide early on that a carrier in science was possible, before committing almost a decade of their life training for their profession, and just as they have finished their training and are finally about to enter the workplace, the government drastically cuts the only major funding sources available to them.

      Why invest in training scientists if you are going to eliminate any chance that those scientists can earn a living in the very profession you paid to have them train for???

      It is ... maddening.

      •  Remember, innovation isn't innovation... (2+ / 0-)
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        chimene, deepbreath

        ...unless it leads (directly) to a marketable product.  Therefore, most innovation that occurs in college labs is just eggheads wasting the taxpayer's money.  

        /snark

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