FW: URGENT ACTION REQUIRED National Science FoundationThis is one of the most important attacks on social science made by the Know Knothing Right Wing idiots in government. I worked for SACC/AAA two years ago to extend the research funding of NSF Social Science Directorate to undergraduate level and community colleges. The NSF people were dedicated and open to us. This would dry up the largest source of funding available. please take note and write congress.
Sent: Thu 5/18/2006 12:04 PM
To: Lewine, Mark
Subject: URGENT ACTION REQUIRED National Science Foundation
URGENT ACTION REQUIRED
Dear AAA Member:
Please consider this request for immediate action. This is likely one of the most important requests for action you will ever receive from the AAA as it involves a legislative threat to National Science Foundation research funding for the social and behavioral sciences. At a meeting of the Senate Commerce Committee TODAY, an authorizing bill - S. 2802 - focusing on American competitiveness will be marked up (i.e. negotiated). It is imperative that legislators hear from the social and behavioral science community before this bill is finalized. Please review the following and make a call:
ACTION NEEDED: If your Senator is listed below, please call or email your senator this morning regarding a proposed amendment by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) that would instruct the National Science Foundation (NSF) to direct its resources primarily to the physical sciences. It is likely that the Hutchison amendment would significantly reduce or eliminate NSF funding for the social sciences. Congress should not be micromanaging the NSF, which supports fundamental research in all science disciplines, including anthropology.
MESSAGE: Please contact your senator, identify yourself as a constituent, and communicate the following simple messages:
OPPOSE the Hutchison amendment to S. 2802 (the "American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2006") which excludes the behavioral and social sciences from consideration in the awarding of NSF research grants, and undercuts their role in advancing national innovation and competitiveness.
SUPPORT the amendment to S. 2802 sponsored by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) which would eliminate the section of S. 2802 that prescribes research priorities to the NSF.
BACKGROUND: Since last fall's release of the National Academy of Sciences report, "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" - a congressionally requested report offering a set of recommendations aimed at restoring U.S. advantages in the marketplace, specifically in scientific and technology - significant congressional and executive branch attention has been focused on U.S. innovation and competitiveness. A range of legislative initiatives have been introduced to promote innovation and competitiveness in various ways. S. 2802 - authorizing legislation that frames spending parameters but does not appropriate funds - is the latest of these initiatives. Although S. 2802 is only authorizing legislation, it should be noted that many of the senators who will be voting on it also serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee which has spending authority for the NSF.
Members of the Senate Commerce Committee who need to be contacted ASAP:
Ted Stevens (R-AK)
John McCain (R-AZ)
Conrad Burns (R-MT)
Trent Lott (R-MS)
Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
Gordon Smith (R-OR)
John Ensign (R-NV)
John Sununu (R-NH)
Jim DeMint (R-SC)
Daniel Inouye (D-HI)
John Rockefeller (D-WVA)
John Kerry (D-MA)
Byron Dorgan (D-ND)
Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Ben Nelson (D-NE)
Mark Pryor (D-AR)
David Vitter (R-LA)
George Allen (R-VA)
Any questions, please call Paul Nuti at the AAA office - contacts below.
Paul J. Nuti
Director of External, International & Government Relations
American Anthropological Association
2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22201
TEL: 703/528-1902 x3008
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