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Replied by Caroline Wagner on 04/25/2017 - 09:22
Dear Science Policy friends, The Slate piece is so, so wrong about people and science… and why we march. Here is piece that Stephanie Bird and I wrote and published in Chemistry World.   Caroline Wagner     [Read more]  

Posted by James Gover on 04/21/2017 - 16:35
L. Rafael Rief, President of MIT, has written How to Maintain America's Edge: Increase Funding for Basic Science, that is published in the current issue of Foreign Affairs, p 95. jim [Read more]  
Replied by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/24/2017 - 10:21
Just last week I was reading progress reports from some of our Complex Systems young faculty.   Most of the work is what I guess you would call “basic” – but the questions were important and interesting and the results: 1) told us something  true about natural phenomenon and observations 2) tended to be generalizable rather than highly constrained to artificial laboratory-based systems, and 3) because the resulting publications are written clearly in an engaging way the work is likely to be discoverable by others who have applied problems they wanted to solve.  The continual defense... [Read more]  
Replied by Glenn Hampson on 04/24/2017 - 08:56
Hi Susan, With regard to the last part of the your email about rekindling the idea that science is a force for greater good, I sometimes wonder if we don’t have a chicken and egg problem here. Specifically, over the last half-generation (at least) there’s been a constant drumbeat of budget cuts surrounding science that have made the incentives for getting into science less and less attractive---too many science graduates for too few jobs that pay too little (except for computer science), more difficulty getting studies funded, lower rates of tenure, and so on. Even the increasing... [Read more]  
Replied by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/24/2017 - 11:16
Seriously – take a look at all the numbers in funding statistics– the numerator ($) has mostly increased (even if it now leveling off) over the past 50 years and  there has been a large increase in the denominator ( # of scientists) – click on any lab website that has a picture of its members and I am not sure the visual evidence supports your assertions.   And much of what you describe as unfavorable trends probably results from maladaptative behavior by the scientific community itself.    It is important to keep in mind that many important decisions about science are made by... [Read more]  
Replied by Smith, Caleb on 04/24/2017 - 16:12
Somewhat counter to my expectations based on recent political rhetoric over the last decade and various PR moves like the Golden Fleece Award but it has been my personal experience—and I have no experimental data to support this—that when casually discussing science funding with non-scientists, the model that seems to resonate most is the HHMI Investigator Program for funding “people, not projects.” I’m not sure why this is—perhaps a desire to return to the seemingly good old days of “little science” with the lone genius toiling away in his lab? The idea that under the... [Read more]  
Replied by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/24/2017 - 11:20
Lots of ways to talk.    And focusing on people has typically been the way to think about creativity and exciting ideas – but clearly it is somewhat field dependent.    Click on an HHMI lab picture – very few loners.    We need some new ways of talking that are authentic. Susan M. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.President, James S. McDonnell Foundation Visit JSMF forum on academic issues: SMF blog      From: Smith, Caleb [... [Read more]  
Replied by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/24/2017 - 11:28
And to clarify – I am talking about all funding – not just the federal.    I think supporting US science should be a national commitment – we all have a stake.  Susan M. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.President, James S. McDonnell Foundation Visit JSMF forum on academic issues: SMF blog ... [Read more]  
Replied by Glenn Hampson on 04/24/2017 - 09:32
Hi Susan, ---happy to dig up the stats on this stuff---the relative paucity of STEM jobs (excepting again for computer science), the decline of tenure positions and rise of adjunct, surveys of postdoc attitudes, the documented fail rate in algebra, etc. I’ve smooshed all this into op-eds before but would need to go back and look for the source materials if this is what you’re asking for. Happy to do this off-line as well is this is just you and me. Best, Glenn Glenn HampsonExecutive DirectorNational Science Communication Institute (nSCI)Program DirectorOpen Scholarship Initiative (OSI... [Read more]  
Replied by Brooke Struck on 04/24/2017 - 16:43
Hello all,   In light of all the discussions of research funding, I figured it might be of interest to share an update on the Naylor Report—a report delivered to the Canadian federal government recently after a year-long assessment of its mechanisms for funding science. The report can be found here, and I’ve included a bullet-point summary of findings below my signature. (The summary was developed to keep my colleagues at... [Read more]  
Replied by Eugene Arthurs on 04/24/2017 - 21:15
Brooke,   Is this a recommendation document or approved funding? I had thought there was some disappointment in Canada with the new administration budget for science.   Eugene   Eugene G. Arthurs CEO SPIE 1-360-676-3290 SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics     [Read more]  
Hi Eugene,   This is a recommendation document. It was delivered to the federal Minister of Science two weeks ago. It’s received a positive reception so far from government and the scientific community, but there haven’t been any formal commitments around implementation—still very early in the game.   Brooke       Brooke Struck, Ph.D. Policy Analyst | Analyste des politiques Science-Metrix 1335, Mont-Royal E Montréal, QC  H2J 1Y6 - Canada   T. 1.514.495.6505 x.117 T. 1.800.... [Read more]  
Replied by James Gover on 04/25/2017 - 06:36
You said,"SOME FINDINGS FROM BENCHMARK STUDY •       Effective message platforms: Science is hope, serve greater good, look forward, highlight benefits.  Economic, competitive & jobs arguments fail.    (SCIENCE SHOULD AVOID BECOMING ANOTHER SPECIAL PLEADER)"I agree that science should avoid the competition with other nations argument made in the Foreign Affairs article I cited and instead argue that as other nations invest more in science, we should increase our observation of their science. Researchers already do this; however, those doing development work do not always follow... [Read more]  
Replied by Creso Sa on 04/25/2017 - 14:24
Brooke: this is a helpful summary. For those who are interested in the Naylor report, here’s my take on its release and main recommendations.   Best,   Creso Sá     From: Science of Science Policy Listserv <SCISIP@LISTSERV.NSF.GOV> on behalf of Brooke Struck <... [Read more]  

Posted by Stephen Fiore on 04/20/2017 - 20:37
Hi Everyone - see below about early bird registration deadline.  Don't forget to check out the great set of workshops we've arranged to benefit our various SciTS stakeholders ( as well as the eclectic group of featured speakers we've lined up (http://www.... [Read more]  

Posted by Lin, Jessica (FELLOW) on 04/19/2017 - 23:25
Colleagues, I am writing to share a publishing opportunity with you. I am editing a hardcover collection on clean energy finance (by selected invitation only) and interested individuals are encouraged to submit one or more original research or review chapter(s) for the upcoming work which will be published by Nova Science Publishers ( upon submission in September. The work is tentatively titled, "Clean Energy Finance: Blended Options for a Brighter Future". The deadline for abstract... [Read more]  

Posted by Loet Leydesdorff on 04/19/2017 - 10:50
Inga A. Ivanova, Øivind Strand, and Loet Leydesdorff (2017; early view).  What is the effect of synergy in international collaboration on regional economies? Journal of the Knowledge Economy. doi: 10.1007/s13132-017-0480-2 ; In the present paper, we analyze the effect of international collaboration on regional markets. We compare two Norwegian counties with very different profiles in terms of how international or regional cooperation affects the synergy generated among the geographical, technological, and... [Read more]  

Posted by N. Peter Whitehead on 04/18/2017 - 03:00
Good morning SciSIP:I may be late to the parade, but I just discovered Steve Balmers pet project to track all public spending and present the data in usable form.  It may (I have not yet tried myself) be relevant to discussions on government spending on science.  Link here:, N. Peter Whitehead, PhD, [Read more]  
Replied by David Wojick on 04/18/2017 - 12:24
Under spending is says no data available yet, at least on my iPad.I just found a big black box -- research to support climate change adaptation. This is local and regional in nature, past climate and future projections. There is a lot going on, especially in DOD, but OMB says it is not reported separately so there is no way to know how much. Could be a big policy issue.DavidInside Public Access [Read more]