Riiiiight NIH. We're just not 'splaining it correctly to these CongressCritters

The NIH Office of Extramural Research has a howler in the recent Nexus.

Application titles, abstracts and statements of public health relevance that are part of your application are read by reviewers, program officers and other NIH staff, but once funded, this information is also available to the public

so therefore

The extramural community has a responsibility to clearly communicate the intent and value of their research to all those interested in learning more—Congress, the public, administrators, and scientists. Take every opportunity to tell people what you do, why you do it, and why they should care.

Well yes, this is true. DM's always going on about the taxpayer being "the boss". Ok. Gotcha there.

But how stupid do they think we are? Why the emphasis on the items that show up in RePORTER?

Right wing wackaloon politicians making hay by bashing peer reviewed and funded scientific projects. That's why.

Like ol' Proxmire

and

Toomey

and

Issa

and

Barton and Walden

and the latest....John McCain and Coburn on supposed ARRA excesses.

Gee, I somehow think that us scientists explaining the importance of our research a little better isn't going to do much good. These dumbasses don't care about the science. Heck, they don't even care about the money- one R01 is a mere dustmote in the Congressional allocation process. This is about drumming up political mouth breathers with anti-science blather, preferably focused on social health issues which run afoul of their moralistic viewpoints on human behavior.

Sex, drugs and HIV.

Work on those topics and all the explaining in the world isn't going to fend of critique from Congress.

I think we can safely ignore this request.

One response so far

  • becca says:

    If your congresscritter won't advocate for your science, you need a better congresscritter. /spoiled by specter

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