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George Bush is Detrimental to Science and Medical Research!?

America never faced such a crisis of govt & Federal funding for Science and medical research than in the last several years during Bush's regime. While billions and trillions of dollars have been wasted in the name of war, not even a fraction of such amount is allocated to scientific and medical research?.During this time, the developing or underdeveloped countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, China and even the poverty ridden India been promoting better science and research with considerable amount of funding to research.Here is the latest Higher Ed Report on Federal Funding and it's
aftermath of Scientific research in USA.
Aug. 25©Istockphoto/Dr.Heinz Linke‘Unprecedented’ 2-Year Decline for U.S. Science FundsThe numbers will not surprise anyone who has closely tracked federal budget discussions about science and technology in recent years. But that won’t make the data released Friday by the National Science Foundation any more palatable for those concerned abo…

Fixing the structural ills of US biomedical research

This news piece is a good analysis about Michael Teitelbaum's article on policy changes to fill the cracks in academia?.

Fixing the structural ills of US biomedical researchBy Jonathan M. Gitlin | Published: July 31, 2008 - 01:03PM CT Although the US biomedical research endeavor might appear to be in great shape, it faces some significant problems. The rapid doubling of the NIH budget started during the Clinton administration was followed by several years of flat funding, and this has exposed structural cracks in the way that we're training and employing researchers. Here at Ars we've been banging that drum for a while now, and today in Science, Michael Teitelbaum, vice president of the Sloan Foundation, joins in with a policy forum article on the topic that contributes a list of suggestions for policymakers.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080731-fixing-the-structural-ills-of-us-biomedical-research.html

INTERVIEW with a PostDoc- OKi, Mathew O'Connor

some of the PostDocs Pics, courtesy: from PRO/UAW website

Breaking PostDocs News!!!!
PostDocs at the University of California Campuses are getting closer to Unionization!!.
One more step and they will be finalizing unionization of PostDocs at the UC campuses.
After a long fought out struggle to get recognition and respect, postdocs in UC came long way to get to this state of unionization, and it is worth looking at their plights, organizational efforts that lead to a successful majority card sign up.

At the time of this interview with one of the PostDoc activist and spokesperson OKi, UC Postdocs were waiting for the local labor board certification.
Oki popularly known is a postdoc, who's real name Mathew O'Connor, he is one among the postdoc organizing committee members and the spokesperson for the PRO/UAW. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the field of Bio-Engineering at the University of California, Berkley campus.Oki, like other active postdocs at UC campuses are part of t…

Is Modern American Science Strangling Its Young Talents In the Cradle?

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a marine biologist at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke. She blogs at The Intersection with Chris Mooney.Thanks Sheril Kirshenbaum for touching this neglected topic of Postdoc Plights, the current academic structure and the way it functions need immediate change otherwise, soon US science might face lot more crisis that what are we are seeing now.STEM EDUCATIONPlight of the PostdocIs Modern American Science Strangling Its Young Talents In the Cradle?Particularly in the biomedical field, this opportunity gap between young and old is a quirk of politics. When NIH funding doubled between 1998 and 2003, many new Ph.D. positions were created, which in turn allowed established investigators with more students to submit better proposals. But then in 2003, NIH funding leveled off. Older scientists now had a successful history based on the funding boom, and fallout today reveals significantly more scientists over the age of 70 findi…