[Cytometry] Your help is needed - Science is proposed to be unstimulated by the US Stimulus package

Joanne Lannigan 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.


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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