NIH Research Under Scrutiny For Possible Support Of Lobbying

During a recent Congressional hearing, an National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant was criticized for pursuing what a Congressman considered a political agenda.  As part of that same hearing, the NIH Director was given a letter from the subcommittee chair asking him to review grants that appeared to be supporting the production of lobbying material […]

I Still Think It Should Be Called The Golden Egg Award

An op-ed in Sunday’s Washington Post gave notice that the first annual Golden Goose Awards will be presented this week.  The ceremony is scheduled for Thursday evening in Washington.  Eligibility criteria are as follows: Nominees must have received a federally funded research grant within the past 60 years that contributed to an important discovery or […]

No Need For Partisan Glasses To Read The Flake Amendment

A science policy cliché identified by Daniel Sarewitz is that science (and technology) policy is really just science and technology budget policy.  A likely consequence of this cliché is the occasional collective freak-out over legislative moves that could affect the research budget but often don’t go anywhere. The latest collective freakout is over the Flake […]

The Egg Should Have Come Before The Goose

Yesterday I read about a new science award, aimed to recognize research breakthroughs that paid off long after the initial research funding.  The organizers/sponsors of the award include the organization formerly known as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association of American Universities, the Progressive Policy Institute, and a collection of House […]

Can a Tumblr Counter the “Golden Fleece” Treatment?

That’s the question I have after exploring this: @NSF's new SEEInnovation blog is a great way to keep up with the output of federally funded research | seeinnovation.tumblr.com— Science Progress (@scienceprogress) January 23, 2012 The blog in question is actually a Tumblr site from the Science, Engineering and Education Innovation (SEEInnovation) program of the National […]

AAU Goes Tabloid To Counter Sound-bite Science Criticism

As part of its Societal Benefits of Research Illustrated project, the Association of American Universities has put out two issues of Scientific Enquirer (Vol. 1, Vol. 2), a tabloid that seeks to explain the value of those projects that are ripe for quick sound-bite ridicule. The tabloids are interesting, and certainly eye-catching.  Comparing the first […]

Public Review of NSF Awards Doesn’t Have to Be a Bad Thing

Thanks to a link to one of my periodic dismissals of the Mooney ‘war on science’ meme, I’ve been getting an upsurge in traffic.  Excellent, though it really demonstrates the difference in magnitude between this little blog and a piece of the ScienceBlogs mothership.  It also demonstrates a lack of engagement from the author with […]

Please Stop Giving Chris Mooney Low-Hanging Fruit

The stimulus legislation has provided fodder for that time honored tradition of targeting specific line items for their apparent ridiculousness.  While they can make for good sound bites and PR copy, frequently such items are actually of some use. You’ve probably heard Governor Jindal, get roundly criticized on many points for his response to the […]

Senator McCain’s Science and Technology Policies

Check out the candidates’ science and technology related policies here. In this post I want to assess Senator McCain’s science and technology related policies. Arguably Senator McCain has placed the least emphasis of the three candidates on science and technology policies. To be fair, I don’t think any of the candidates have placed a great […]