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[liberationtech] Disturbing

Devon M T Loffreto devon.loffreto at gmail.com
Thu Mar 21 08:03:55 PDT 2013


STEM? whats that?
Difficult to drive educated outcomes in a Society that uses an employment
model & mandate to operate its education system.
Devon
NoizIvy.org


On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 10:58 AM, Chris R Albon <chris.albon at gmail.com>wrote:

>  As a political scientist: boooo.
> As a international relations guy: uh, okay.
>
> I am continually amazed that people continue to forget that STEM is
> embedded in a social, culture, economic, and yes, political context.
>
> Chris R. Albon
> ChrisRAlbon.com
>
> On Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM, Yosem Companys wrote:
>
> WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is
> being released by the American Political Science Association<http://www.apsanet.org/index.cfm>
> :
>
> (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120604/DC18511LOGO-b )
>
> This afternoon, the United States Senate delivered a devastating blow to
> the integrity of the scientific process at the National Science Foundation
> (NSF) by voting for the Coburn Amendment to the Continuing Appropriations
> Act of 2013.
>
> Senator Coburn (R-OK) submitted an amendment (SA 65, as modified) to the
> Mikulski-Shelby Amendment (SA 26) to H.R. 933 (Full-Year Continuing
> Appropriations Act of 2013).  The amendment places unprecedented
> restriction on the national research agenda by declaring the political
> science study of democracy and public policy out of bounds.  The amendment
> allows only political science research that promotes "national security or
> the economic interests of the United States."
>
> Adoption of this amendment is a gross intrusion into the widely-respected,
> independent scholarly agenda setting process at NSF that has supported our
> world-class national science enterprise for over sixty years.
>
> The amendment creates an exceptionally dangerous slippery slope.  While
> political science research is most immediately affected, at risk is *any
> and all* research in *any and all* disciplines funded by the NSF.  The
> amendment makes all scientific research vulnerable to the whims of
> political pressure.
>
> Adoption of this amendment demonstrates a serious misunderstanding of the
> breadth and importance of political science research for the national
> interest and its integral place on the nation's interdisciplinary
> scientific research agenda.
>
> Singling out any one field of science is short-sighted and misguided, and
> poses a serious threat to the independence and integrity of the National
> Science Foundation.
>
> And shackling political science within the national science agenda is a
> remarkable embarrassment for the world's exemplary democracy.
>
> For the latest in political science research in the news, follow us on
> Facebook <https://www.facebook.com/PoliticalScienceNews> and Twitter<http://twitter.com/PoliSciNews>
> .
>
> *About the American Political Science Association
> *Founded in 1903, the *American Political Science Association* <http://www.apsanet.org/index.cfm>is
> the leading professional organization for the study of political science
> and serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries. With a range of
> programs and services for individuals, departments and institutions, APSA
> brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions,
> and occupational endeavors within and outside academe in order to expand
> awareness and understanding of politics.
>
> SOURCE American Political Science Association
>
>
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