November 19, 2012
In Budget Battle, Science Faces New Pressures to Prove It Delivers
Jay Premack for The Chronicle
The showdown over the "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and budget cuts has arrived, and, with it, university-based scientists and their allies are pleading their case for strong and sustained government support.
In some ways, science advocates are in a good position. It's a rare bipartisan issue, with leading Republicans and Democrats routinely proclaiming their broad support for research spending, particularly in medical fields.
And yet, after years of trying, the science