[Cytometry] Your help is needed - Science is proposed to be unstimulated by the US Stimulus package
jl7fj at virginia.edu
Fri Feb 6 14:08:08 EST 2009
I received this today from the ScienceDebate 2008 Team which warrants
action by the US scientific community. Please contact your local
senators and tell them how bad of an idea this is.
"I am writing to alert you to efforts underway this morning to zero
out a large portion of the science funding from the Senate American
Reinvestment and Recovery Act as a part of a $77.9B reduction effort
led by Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Susan Collins (R-ME).
As you know better than most, science and technology are responsible
for half of the economic development of the United States since WWII
and yet, if current trends hold, some, such as the Business
Roundtable, have predicted that 90% of all scientists and engineers
will live in Asia within 5 years.
The United States simply MUST renew our investment in the single
greatest economic engine this country has ever known. Small federal
investments in scientific research have helped produce things like
the internet and the transistor that have consistently delivered
multi-trillion dollar economies.
The United States is at a critical juncture, and if this concerns you
we suggest now would be a time to contact your Senators and urge them
to support science funding. Here is what is being proposed to be cut
from the bill, according to TPM:
NASA exploration $750,000,000 = 50%
NSF $1,402,000,000 = 100%
NOAA $427,000,000 = 34.94%
NIST $218,000,000 = 37.91%
DOE energy efficiency & renewable energy $1,000,000,000 = 38%
DOE office of science $100,000,000 = 100%
Here is what is suggested you do to take action:
1. WHAT TO DO: call and email your two U.S. senators. Contact from a
constituent on a wonky issue like this will have enormous influence.
Calling is better than email, but do both if you can.
Go here to find your Senator, and select your state in the drop down
box in the upper right hand corner:
Tell them in your own words to reject the reduction
effort in the stimulus bill led by Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and
Susan Collins (R-ME) when it comes to science.
Note that most Senator's web pages contain a form (e.g. - CONTACT ME)
that you can fill out to contact the Senator. Also, use your own
words since identical
messages get rejected by the Senators' staff. You can adapt language
from my previous email or from below, but be sure to personalize it.
2. TALKING POINTS:
A) Science & technology have produced half of the economic growth of
the United States since WWII.
B) Spending on basic research is the single greatest economic engine
this country has ever known.
C) Funding to federal granting agencies is about as "shovel-ready" a
stimulus as you can get. If the granting agencies lower their score
thresholds for awards across the board the money will be flowing
within months, leading to rapid hiring and increased purchasing from
technical service and supply companies that are largely American, and
creating thousands of the kinds of high-quality jobs the country needs.
Joanne Lannigan, M.S.
Director, Flow Cytometry Core
University of Virginia
Jordan Hall Room 7065
1300 Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0734
flowcytometry at virginia.edu
(434) 924-0274 Office
(434) 982-1071 Fax
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