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Bob Park – Move on January 12, 2008

Posted by gordonwatts in politics, science.
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Bob Park, a physicsit from the University of Maryland, releases What’s New every week — a pithy one-pager of the crazy things going on around Washington involving science (well, crazy from a scientist’s point of view). Sort of like a weekly posting blog that started long before blogs (he has been doing this for 20 some-odd years). What he wrote about the budget cuts is exactly correct:

2. BLINDSIDED: APS PRESIDENT ASKS MEMBERS FOR HELP.

Why did the basic science budget, which was sailing smoothly six months ago, hit an iceberg? And why was high-energy physics thrown overboard? We can worry about laying blame later, but nothing is ever quite final in Washington. Right now we have to start swimming. Yesterday, APS President Arthur Bienenstock issued an urgent appeal to members to write to their congressional delegation and to President Bush to urge emergency supplemental appropriations. He included a sample letter making the connection between basic research and economic growth – even as the morning papers were using the word “recession.” My advice is not to agonize over language. Your letter is more likely to be counted than read. Just make it clear what you want in the first sentence.

Have you sent yours yet?

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