US Presidential Candidates' Take on the Future of Funding in Science and Innovation

In a recent article in this month's Science magazine, the news staff summarizes President Obama's and Mr. Romney's views on how to promote and maintain a trend of scientific excellence and achievement in the United States...while paying down a 1.4 billion dollar deficit. This topic is of particular interest to a discussion of greater ethical implications as we know that innovation (commonly generated through the funding of science and engineering research and education initiatives) is key in a global, knowledge-driven economy. In other words, if the US continues its trend of limiting itself in the areas of science (including the promotion of science education) and engineering, how will it ever expect to contribute to current global technological advancements? 

The article, entitled "Congratulations! Now Get to to Work," looks at, among other things, how imminently scheduled cuts in funding to U.S. science agencies have taken on a new sense of urgency, despite being a well-worn topic in Congress and a constant source of paranoia and frustration in academic medicine. 

The article can be found here: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/338/6106/456.full

 

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Comment by Carnegie Council on November 5, 2012 at 4:52pm

Very interesting, Ashleigh. It is my feeling that the United States has a global responsibility to fund basic science research and education, and that the price tag of doing so would be very small compared to some of our recent military adventures. Fortunately the globalization of science is well under way. Groups like Science and Development Network are doing a great job documenting the scientific flowering in places like Africa, and Carnegie Council's Policy Innovations has run a number of stories along these lines recently. --Evan

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