By Melinda T. Hough, PhD, Director of Public Relations.
In a little over 60 minutes two nights ago, President Barack Obama outlined his vision for America; a 21st century vision of prosperity built on investment, innovation, and a support of science.
“Now is not the time to gut these job-creating investments in science and innovation. Now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race. We need to make those investments.” the president said. Yet, in less than 15 days, the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts, known as sequestration, are set to devastate the American research enterprise.
Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America, applauded the president’s support of basic research saying, “It reflects the views of a majority of citizens in recent polls. Cutting funding for research is not a deficit reduction strategy.”
Stand With Science is overjoyed to hear the president supports investments in research, and the innovators, of tomorrow. As part of our mission, we entered our message in the inaugural Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) “Stand Up for Science” science advocacy competition.
On February 6, 2013 FASEB announced Stand With Science won the Grand Prize for best advocacy illustrating how federally funded science improves the health, quality of life, or economy of local communities. “Their video ‘What’s Next?’ underscores the importance of federal funding to science and technology and highlights the adverse consequences that across the board spending cuts, also know as sequestration could have on future, innovative research… We are excited to award ‘Stand With Science’ the $10,000 prize and commend them for their outstanding work in science advocacy.” Judith Bond, PhD, FASEB president commended.
The Stand With Science leadership team is truly humbled by this unexpected honor for our efforts to save research funding for future generations of scientists. Without your voices, we wouldn’t be here. We are honored to work with you as we develop new and exciting ways of advocating for science.