Science Shutdown

Doing science a felony? I thought the Dark Ages were over …

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It’s Day 2 of the U.S. government shutdown. While the media blares about congressional politics and occasionally offers a run-down of what the shutdown may or may not mean for the average Joe, the impacts of the shutdown on science are not generally noted. Notice that I said ‘science’ and not ‘U.S. science’ because this shutdown affects scientists around the globe.

For starters, all the federal grant-making agencies are shut. This means no processing of grants, no review of proposals. Everything grinds to a halt. At best, it causes delays. But at worst, it means important science that depends on continuity gets interrupted, forcing some scientists to start their experiments over from scratch; for expensive experiments, it could mean a death knell. Other research that depends on getting funding before a field season may be delayed a year even if the government is shut down for only a few days.

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One thought on “Science Shutdown

  1. Hi Kristina Thanks for this. I hadn’t thought about this aspect of the US shutdown. I was focusing more on the thought that they wouldn’t have the staff to be reading all our emails. It does make you wonder how grown-up people can behave this way. […]
    Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2013 06:13:19 +0000 To: flounder120@hotmail.com

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