Making NIH Funding Part of the Election Discussion
Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Nisbet studies the role of communication and advocacy in policymaking and public affairs, focusing on debates over over climate change, energy, and sustainability. Among awards and recognition, Nisbet has been a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a Google Science Communication Fellow. In 2011, the editors at the journal Nature recommended Nisbet's research as “essential reading for anyone with a passing interest in the climate change debate,” and the New Republic highlighted his work as a “fascinating dissection of the shortcomings of climate activism."
As funding and budgets flat line at the National Institutes of Health, science organizations are hoping to make NIH funding part of the election discussion. In a smart way, they are framing the issue in terms of social progress with the catchphrase "Science Cures," making personally relevant the value of basic research. Below is a press release from FASEB announcing their new election-oriented Web site at http://sciencecures.org/.
AS 2008 PRESIDENTIAL RACE HEATS UP, FASEB LAUNCHES VOTER EDUCATION INITIATIVE SCIENCECURES.ORG
Bethesda, MD - The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has launched an exciting, new voter education initiative, ScienceCures (www.sciencecures.org), aimed at raising the profile of federal funding for biomedical research among the candidates and the general public. "When Presidential candidates are making speeches or answering questions about health and health care, we want to make sure that the National Institutes of Health and medical research are an integral part of that discussion," said Robert Palazzo, Ph.D., FASEB President. "Federal funding of biomedical research should be a high priority for the nation in 2008 and beyond."
ScienceCures.orgs encourages scientists to become engaged in calling on our leaders to reinvigorate national investment in scientific research through a variety of tools and resources. Through the website, researchers and members of the public can contact the candidates, write letters to their local media outlets, sign a pledge to educate candidates and elected officials about the importance of federal funding of research, and even register to vote. "The recent standoff between Congress and the President over appropriations for science agencies, including NIH and NSF, has emphasized the integral role of the Administration in securing science funding," Palazzo continued. "Over the course of the next year, ScienceCures.org will give scientists the opportunity to express their support for medical research in the context of the election while educating voters about the connection between today's science and tomorrow's medical advances."
The site includes a number of resources emphasizing the benefits of biomedical research, including a number of interactive features designed to provide key facts about medical research, at both the national and local level. In addition to mobilizing the scientific community through the ScienceCures.org website, FASEB is working to highlight the importance of medical research among all Presidential candidates. "FASEB will be providing all candidates and their campaigns with information about the role NIH and biomedical research play in improving the health of the nation, as well as engaging moderators and sponsors of Presidential debates, and alerting the media to critical national issues related to medical research," said Palazzo. "Millions of Americans are suffering from the pain and burden of disease. Promising them hope for a better tomorrow through medical research is a message our leaders and prospective leaders should be embracing."
FASEB is composed of 21 societies with more than 80,000 members, making it the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States. FASEB enhances the ability of biomedical and life scientists to improve--through their research--the health, well-being and productivity of all people. FASEB's mission is to advance biological science through collaborative advocacy for research policies that promote scientific progress and education and lead to improvements in human health.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
We know the dangers of too little sleep. Now for the other side of the story.
- Western University researchers found that sleeping over eight hours per night results in cognitive decline.
- Oversleepers suffer similar difficulties on certain cognitive tests as those who sleep under seven hours.
- Not all the news is bad: One night of oversleeping results in a cognitive boost.
The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think
The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.