Science and the Shutdown – The Results.

The government shutdown that just ended may have had a permanent, detrimental effect on many American science initiatives.

Below are a few links from article explaining the lingering doubts, and lost opportunities that were affected over a budget battle that should never have been waged.  That being said, the politicians that start the whole shutdown really don’t care about science anyway.

The Government Shutdown Was Temporary, Its Damage to Science Permanent, Scientific American.

“In many ways the federal government shutdown was a huge, unplanned experiment in what happens when we give up on science for two weeks. The experiment is now over and the results are still incomplete. But so far, they are ugly.”

Shutdown’s science fallout could last for years, Politico.

“Even if the government opens tomorrow, a significant amount of damage has been done,” said Mary Woolley, president of Research!America, a nonprofit advocating for science-minded agencies. “This isn’t about a few people who can’t go to the labs like they’re on vacation or something. The whole research enterprise depends on operating 24/7.”

Science Gets a Cameo in U.S. Shutdown Vote, Science.

“The day before the decisive vote, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), threw a rhetorical double-punch, linking concerns about home-state and international impacts in a plea to end the shutdown. Some “97 percent of NASA employees in Cleveland and Sandusky in northern Ohio have been furloughed,” he noted, while Ohio’s academic scientists were worried about their grants. “If you are a research scientist … [and] see these interruptions, if you are furloughed for 3 weeks in October 2013 and then again some time next year … the most talented researchers are going to walk away, and we are going to lose so much of the edge we have in this country.”

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +


3 thoughts on “Science and the Shutdown – The Results.

  1. After seeing the manner of alienation that many “new scientists” feel about the publish-or-perish environment–it has never been more important for the private-sector to step in and assist. In my humble opinion, learning to “enable” research for research sake may be the new paradigm that “fresh” MBAs may need to address. Just a thought—

    Enjoyed reading your latest post

  2. It is a changing world, I’m just not sure that it is conducive to science. The present administration aside, there have been years of anti-science politicos and religious leaders that want to go back to the dark ages and are making every effort to eliminate science and research (in everything except the military and advanced weaponry).

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