NPR: Science On Shaky Ground As Automatic Budget Cutbacks Drag On

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nprNational Public Radio featured the sequestration effects on research by Governor’s Chair for Molecular Biophysics Jeremy Smith and graduate student Sally Ellingson who use Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s supercomputer, Titan. Grant agencies like the National Science Foundation are only funding roughly 1 in 5 of the proposals it receives now, reported NPR. Smith said he’s worried that the climate could force Ellingson out of research. “She’ll have no problem getting a job, but the risk has increased now that [the job she gets] will not be inventing the new medicines and products that will drive the economy in the future,” Smith said in the story.

To listen to the feature, visit NPR’s website.

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