Budget Cutting Rhetoric Suggests Linear Model Still Not Dead

The American Institute of Physics has been doing its usual fine job of summarizing science-relevant appropriations and authorization busy work on the fiscal year 2012 budget in it’s FYI series (look at issues 49 and forward).  That the budget won’t be ready in time for the new fiscal year is beside the point (but worth […]


V. Bush and the Linear Model – Who Believed What?

The fine folks at Ether Wave Propaganda have posted on the linear model associated with Vannevar Bush (that basic research feeds into applied research and then into technological development) and the theory advanced by David Edgerton (see article #41) that it doesn’t exist.  The discussion engages with whether or not the model (which is distinct […]

JASONs Argue DoD Basic Research Broken; Ignore Broken Linear Model

After a FOIA struggle led by Steven Aftergood, the Department of Defense (DoD) released this report from JASON, a DoD advisory group.  The report criticizes the current organization and state of basic research funding in the department.  They make the case that the department needs systemic changes in organization, processes and personnel.  In particular, the […]

UK Petition Pushes Linear Model to the Extreme

There is a custom in the U.K. to submit petitions to the Prime Minister’s residence, 10 Downing Street.  It can be done in person, by mail, or electronically.  Some of the petitions deal with science and technology issues.  One that I saw circulate on a listserv claims that the U.K. government is moving its research […]

Latest Golden Goose Awardee Recognized For Auction Savvy

The 2014 Golden Goose Awards Ceremony will be held On September 18th in Washington, D.C.  Science journalist Miles O’Brien will host. The Golden Goose Awards group recently announced the second award for 2014.  It recognizes the work of Preston McAfee, Paul Milgrom, and Robert Wilson in auction theory.  While marketplaces like eBay have made online […]

If You Wanted To Develop The National Institutes Of Health Today, What Might It Look Like?

According to ScienceInsider, Japan is taking a serious look at the National Institutes of Health as a model for a new scientific agency.  However, it’s not entirely clear that Japan is interested in duplicating the NIH, per se.  The ScienceInsider article isn’t clear, as it seems to also suggest that the new health initiatives would […]

Will The High Quality Research Act Diminish Our Collective Cognitive Dissonance?

The High Quality Research Act is a draft bill from Representative Lamar Smith, Chair of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.  Still not officially introduced, it has prompted a fair amount of teeth gnashing and garment rending over what it might mean.  The bill would require the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) […]

UK Parliament Committee Offers Suggestions For The Commercialisation Valley Of Death

Last Month the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology released a report on research commercialization.  Titled Bridging the valley of death: improving the commercialisation of research the report presupposes a familiarity with U.K. research and commercial practices far beyond my experience.  For instance, the competitive environment for small and medium enterprises in the […]

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 […]