I’m currently in the midst of a cold-medicine-induced haze, surrounded by journal article PDFs and snotty kleenexes. So an original post will be delayed for just a few more days. In the meantime, I need to pass on a message I just received from the National Postdoc Association about proposed budget cuts to the NIH. From the linked web site (emphasis added):
The U.S. Congress is currently debating funding levels for research and development, including Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Many in Congress are in favor of funding FY2011 and FY2012 at 2008 levels. Any reduction in funding for research and development is likely to have detrimental long-term effects on our nation’s economic health and development.
Until March 4, funding remains at 2010 levels, due to the Continuing Resolution (CR) that Congress passed on December 20, 2010. The House is expected to vote this week on HR 1, a CR for the remainder of 2011 that would cut NIH funding by $1.6 billion below the 2010 level.
We’re already losing young scientists at an alarming rate due to previous NIH budget cuts (possibly even yours truly). Further cuts will have detrimental effects on many more young scientists as well as the future of medicine in this country! So please, email your representative and tell them to fund research and development. Or go to DrugMonkey’s recent post for suggested talking points during a phone call. Or copy and paste this letter from PiT into your email…with permission of course. 🙂
It’s in all of our interests to invest in our future!!!
What are you waiting for… DO IT!