Monday, March 24, 2008

The Squeeze at Argonne And Fermilab

.. and this "squeeze" comes both in terms of funding and science.

Three months into the disastrous Omnibus bill, this article looks at the impact on the two national laboratories in the Chicago area - Fermi National Accelerator and Argonne National Laboratory.

To say that the mood and the morale are low is to put it mildly. One good thing about this article is that it highlights each of the facility that has been affected, and what kind of science and impact it has.

As far as I can tell, the outlook for the immediate future isn't rosy either. Even though the president's FY09 proposal calls for immediate increase in all affected areas, everyone here is almost certain that Congress is not going to pass this budget any time soon and will wait instead until after the general election. This means that we will be saddled with a continuing resolution, and will adopt the disastrous FY08 budget for the remainder of the year and into next year.

Things are not looking good for science in the US, despite all the lip service that has been given about its importance.


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