Ramblings about what I encounter within the realm of the geosciences, as well as the occasional rant about nonsense.

08 February 2009

Update: NSF

The compromises have been made. It was looking bleak last I checked, Friday afternoon. Arguments from conservative democrats and republicans that funding science, and the arts for that matter, is a waste of money seemed to be taking hold.

However, in the mean time the funding situation has been firmed up. Science didn't take too much of a hit, but the NEA lost its proposed funding increase. The stimulus package is scheduled for a vote on Monday. The final figures for science look a little something like this.
NASA
Science $300,000,000
Aeronautics $250,000,000
Shuttle Replacement $500,000,000
Cross-Agency Support (Construction) $250,000,000
Office of the Inspector General $2,000,000
Total = $1,302,000,000
National Science Foundation
Research and related activities $1,000,000,000
Major equipment and facilities construction $150,000,000
Education and human resources $50,000,000
Office of the Inspector General $2,000,000
Total = $1,202,000,000
So that is what it looks like. Bad Astronomy has more information than I have, including a link to the spreadsheet with it all broken down by Subcommittee, Department, or Agency. If you contacted your senator to encourage funding science, it is probably a good idea to contact them again and thank them. Though I think I will wait to see how my senators vote on this before I thank them.

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Between Los Alamos,NM and White Rock, NM

Between Los Alamos,NM and White Rock, NM
The photo of the travertine spring was taken in the small opening in the center of the image.

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