Protect and Maintain America’s Scientific Preeminence
America’s economic strength — and the jobs that flow from it — are closely tied to the scientific and technological advances of our nation. Protecting and maintaining America’s scientific preeminence should, therefore, be a top priority of the U.S. government. Yet the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology — under the leadership of Chairman Lamar Smith — is raising concerns about putting political interests ahead of scientific inquiry.
Congressman Smith has taken the unprecedented action of requesting to review some 60 research grants issued by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and of asking that Members of the Committee have “access to the scientific/technical reviews and the Program Officers Review Analysis” for a series of projects funded by the NSF. While Congress and taxpayers should certainly know how public dollars are being spent, interfering with the independence and privacy of the scientific review process is not in our national interest. Scientists — not politicians — should be making the decisions on how scientific research money is being put to use.
Last month, the Association of American Universities — of which Stony Brook University, which I lead, is a member — issued a statement protesting the intrusion. It —> Read More Here