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Google Summer of Code returns, and suggested Python projects. (A nice way for students to spend the summer, especially during an “economic downturn”).
And for those of you that are looking for NSF grants to apply to: Foundations of Data and Visual Analytics.
NSF recently began accepting applications for their annual EAPSI program (due date: Dec. 9). The “East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes” are an opportunity for science and tech grad students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents to do some research in an Asian or Pacific country of their choice.
There is this paradox: federal budgets, and, particularly, what is allocated for science, is something so important day-to-day for researchers, yet reading about budgets is so boring that I can hardly bring myself to do it.
It is important, though, so we should try. The folks at ScienceNOW have done a nice summary of the effects of the “continuing resolution” which congress passed last weekend and Bush signed on Tuesday. What this means in dollars is that most all budget items stay the same as last year, except that there is also inflation, so, in real dollars the amount spent on all science decreases.
“I think the next Administration will be very leery of more spending given the current state of the economy,” speculates Samuel Rankin III, a lobbyist for the American Mathematical Society and head of the Coalition for National Science Funding.
For some science agencies, the CR actually puts them below the amounts spent this year. That’s because the legislators excluded the $400 million divvied up among NSF, DOE, NASA, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under a supplemental 2008 spending bill passed in June
Let’s not be all doom and gloom, though; Michael Mitzenmacher reports that enrollment in beginning CS at Harvard is up, up, up.
2 years ago — 132
1 year ago — 282
this year — 341
As the presidential election season heats up, we occasionally get to hear something of substance about the candidates. Today, some news from ScienceNOW is just this.
Next year’s federal budget may not contain a penny more for research and education if Republican Senator John McCain (AZ) is elected U.S. president and has his way with Congress.
How much does this take away? Well, the NSF requested an $822 million increase, and I’m sure other agencies are similarly hoping for more than 0.