[Cytometry] Your help is needed - Science is proposed to be unstimulated by the US Stimulus package
FloCyte Training Institute
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Tue Feb 10 11:40:00 EST 2009
Here are the email and contact information for your Senators
Do NOT forget when you are soliciting your Senators, that Science
will create even more jobs as that basic science is converted to
products in small businesses - I know MANY of you are involved in
small business ventures, taking your inventions and discoveries to
the market place. Encouraging small business is the largest single
means of job creation available. MOST people in the US work in small
businesses! My small business pays out 3x my salary to instructors
each year, and I'm a REALLY small business!! Lowering the business
taxes would help immensely! Our busienss taxes are 3X those of
Ireland for example! Encourage your senators to remember who hires!!
Thanks for taking action!
At 11:08 AM 2/6/2009, Joanne Lannigan wrote:
>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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