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Spurring Science Success via Stimulus

Posted June 07, 2009 11:06 AM

The economic stimulus package which was recently enacted has been met with support and opposition. This package will have a notable impact on funding for science, research, and technology. Given the current debate over the stimulus package, do you think the money set aside for science and technology development will have a positive impact on the industry and the overall economy? What challenges do you see? What benefits might emerge?

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Re: Spurring Science Success via Stimulus

06/08/2009 8:39 PM

I would assume that whatever $$$ are set aside for science research will be eaten up in administrative fees or squandered on useless research. In other words, same old, same old.

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06/09/2009 6:38 PM

Although currently there is the unfortunate possibility that the majority of the funds may end up lining the pockets of pencil pushing autocratic administrators. It would be great to see regulations (Law) regulating what percentage of the funds are to be used to administer the economic stimulus package with the majority to be used exclusively for science, research, and technology. The science, research, and technology projects funded by the economic stimulus package should be submitted to a review board of non-bias members of the science and engineering community (not politicians). Lobbing of these board members should be strictly prohibited with severe consequences for any type of influence pedaling to administrators or review board members.

With these rules and guidelines in place the economic stimulus package used in science, research, and technology projects would have greater opportunity for success.

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