USA Science Losing Ground
Posted on May 21, 2008 Comments (1)
I have written about the continued decline in the relative position of science in the USA compared to the rest of the world: Engineering the Future Economy – Economic Strength Through Technology Leadership – The Best Research Universities – U.S. Slipping on Science – Diplomacy and Science Research – Scientists and Engineers in Congress. The USA continues to act as though the rewards for scientific excellence automatically go to the USA. That isn’t the case and as many other countries make smart investments in scientific centers of excellence the USA chooses to do very little.
hefty increases at three science agencies–the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Last summer, legislation that incorporates many of those recommendations became law. But funding for most of the initiatives has yet to materialize.
Speakers repeatedly pointed to those anemic budgets as evidence that politicians haven’t realized the threats to American preeminence in science posed by the rest of the world.
As I have said many times the consequences of failing to take sensible action today will be large. Science and engineering centers of excellence have been a very important factor in the economic success of the USA.