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  • Mark Lewine
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , May 22, 2006
      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.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: rthomas@... [mailto:rthomas@...]
      Sent: Thu 5/18/2006 12:04 PM
      To: Lewine, Mark
      Subject: URGENT ACTION REQUIRED National Science Foundation


      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)
      TEL: 202.224.3004

      John McCain (R-AZ)
      TEL: 202.224.2235

      Conrad Burns (R-MT)
      TEL: 202.224.2644

      Trent Lott (R-MS)
      TEL: 202.224.6253

      Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
      TEL: 202.224.5344

      Gordon Smith (R-OR)
      TEL: 202.224.3753

      John Ensign (R-NV)
      TEL: 202.224.6244

      John Sununu (R-NH)
      TEL: 202.224.2841

      Jim DeMint (R-SC)
      TEL: 202.224.6121

      Daniel Inouye (D-HI)
      TEL: 202.224.3934

      John Rockefeller (D-WVA)
      TEL: 202.224.6472

      John Kerry (D-MA)
      TEL: 202.224.2742

      Byron Dorgan (D-ND)
      TEL: 202.224.2551

      Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
      TEL: 202.224.3553

      Bill Nelson (D-FL)
      TEL: 202.224.5274

      Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
      TEL: 202.224.3441

      Ben Nelson (D-NE)
      TEL: 202.224.6551

      Mark Pryor (D-AR)
      TEL: 202.224.2353

      David Vitter (R-LA)

      TEL: 202.224.4623

      George Allen (R-VA)

      TEL: 202.224.4024

      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

      FAX: 703/528-3546

      e-mail: pnuti@...

      WEB: www.aaanet.org

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