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Death of Evidence: Canadians protesting cuts in science funding and programs

This is the press coverage for the “Death of Evidence” movement in Canada – mostly Carleton University scientists

Death of Evidence

The Death of Evidence Website
No science, no evidence, no truth, no democracy

Feds mount systematic, deliberate campaign to reduce role of scientific evidence in decision-making
Diane Orihel, Scott Findlay | Hill Times
July 23, 2012

Death of evidence: Changes to Canadian science raise questions that the government must answer
Op-ed | Nature
July 19, 2012

Changes to Canadian science raise questions that the government must answer
Editorial | Nature
July 18, 2012

‘The Death of Evidence’ in Canada: Scientists’ Own Words
Katie Gibbs, Adam Houben, Arne Mooers, Vance L. Trudeau and Diane Orihel | The Tyee
July 16, 2012

This is a compressed compilation of the speeches that various scientists gave at the ‘Death of Evidence’ protest. Or to quote the tag-line for this article: “(D)ata distorted for ‘propaganda’ and other complaints against the Harper government made at last week’s Ottawa rally.

The day the earth moved in Ottawa
Michael Harris | iPolitics
July 12, 2012

Canada’s budget cuts imperil important environmental research area
Public Radio International [PRI.org]
July 12, 2012
includes audio interview & story

Scientists march on Parliament Hill to protest research cuts
Terry Pedwell | The Canadian Press [www.thestar.com]
July 10, 2012

Canada’s PM Stephen Harper faces revolt by scientists
Suzanne Goldenberg | The Guardian
July 9, 2012

Stop picking on the social sciences

Most of these article and blog entries are related to Jeff Flake’s amendment to a House appropriations bill, which stripped funding for Political Science from NSF. The Senate should be acting on the appropriations bill that funds NSF in the next few weeks.

Stop bullying the ’soft’ sciences
Timothy Wilson | Los Angeles Times
July 13, 2012

Congress should cut funding for political science research
Charles Lane | The Washington Post
June 4, 2012

Political Science Serving the Public Interest
Nolan McCarty | The Monkey Cage
May 30, 2012

How Reliable are the Social Sciences?
Gary Gutting | The New York Times
May 17, 2012

NSF Funding Solicitation Changes

NSF 12-105
Dear Colleague Letter

Proposal Solicitation and Evaluation Changes for the Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program
July 5, 2012

Effective immediately, GSS will conduct one annual competition for new research proposals submitted to the program. The next deadline for submission of these proposals is September 13, 2012. Starting in 2013, the proposal-submission deadline will be the first Thursday in September.

[Full statement]

White House on the Social Statistics Bandwagon

New U.S. Research Will Aim at Flood of Digital Data
Steve Lohr | New York Times
March 29, 2012
The Obama administration is set to announce on Thursday a major initiative regarding big data computing, which will involve several government agencies and deparments, with commitments totaling $200 million.

The United States of Big Data
Rachael King | The Wall Street Journal
March 29, 2012

White House Press Release
NSF Press Release
[Webcast]

Congress Considers Blocking Government’s Open Access Policy

The following is a compilation of articles discussing legislation in The House [H.R. 3699], which would block rules such as NIH Publication Reporting rules/requirements.

The bill seeks to prohibit federal agencies from conditioning their grants to require that articles reporting on publicly funded research be made accessible to the public online.

New Bill Would Put Taxpayer-Funded Science Behind Pay Walls
Lena Groeger | ProPublica
January 12, 2012

The Research Works Act Aims to Kill Open-Access Journals
David Banks | thesocietypages.org/cyborgology
January 11, 2012

Research Bought, Then Paid For
Michael b. Eisen | New York Times
January 10, 2012

Here we go again: Congress considers blocking government’s open access policy
John Timmer | Arstechnica.com
January 9, 2012

Around the Web: Some posts on the Research Works Act (Now chronological!!)
John Dupuis | scienceblogs.com
January 9, 2012

IP Contributions to Scientific Papers by Publishers: An open letter to Rep Maloney and Issa
Cameron Neylon | Science in the Open [online home of Cameron Neylon]
January 8, 2012

Science-Journal Publishers Take Fight Against Open-Access Policies to Congress
Chronicle of Higher Education

January 5, 2012

NSF Tweaks Its Merit Review Rules

NSF Tweaks Its Merit Review Rules
Jeffrey Mervis | ScienceInsider
January 9, 2012

The National Science Board has made two subtle but potentially important changes in how grant applications are reviewed at the National Science Foundation (NSF). And while those procedural changes may seem relevant only to those hoping to win NSF funding, they also add to the never-ending debate about how best to measure the results of federally funded research.

Statistical Abstract to bite the dust

Slated for the chopping block is the Statistical Abstract and the Consolidated Federal Funds report:

http://www.osec.doc.gov/bmi/budget/12CJ/Census_Bureau_FY_2012_Congressional_Submission.pdf

Page 53 in pdf
4. Terminate Federal Financial Statistics (Base Funding 6 FTE and $0.7 million; Program Change -6 FTE and -$0.7 million):
The Census Bureau requests a decrease of $0.7 million and 6 FTE to terminate the Federal Financial Statistics Program. The FY 2012 budget request is the result of a review of both ongoing and cyclical programs necessary to achieve Department of Commerce and Census Bureau goals and difficult choices had to be made in balancing program needs and fiscal constraints. This review resulted in the termination of the Federal Financial Statistics program in order to fund higher priority programs within the Census Bureau and Department. While the program funds the Consolidated Federal Funds Report, an important data collection, our focus is on filling gaps in other areas of the Government statistics program.

Page 82 in pdf
1. Terminate Statistical Abstract (Base Funding 24 FTE and $2.9 million; Program Change
-24 FTE and -$2.9 million):

The Census Bureau requests a decrease to terminate the Statistical Abstract program. The FY 2012 budget request is the result of a review of both ongoing and cyclical programs necessary to achieve Department of Commerce and Census Bureau goals and difficult choices had to be made in balancing program needs and fiscal constraints. The availability elsewhere of much of the information in the statistical abstract has led the Department and Census Bureau to the difficult decision to terminate the program.

National Poverty Center 2011 Small Grants Competition

2011 Small Grants Competition: Research Related to TANF Reauthorization

Application Deadline: Monday, October 18, 2010 at 5PM Eastern Standard Time
Request for proposals (PDF)

Purpose

The National Poverty Center (NPC) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan seeks to fund research that will broaden and/or deepen our understanding of issues related to the future reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program. The NPC anticipates funding up to 4 proposals, up to a maximum of $12,500 per award. Funds for this competition are contingent on the funds being provided by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.

2011 Small Grants Competition: Research Related to TANF Reauthorization

2011 Small Grants Competition: Research Related to TANF Reauthorization
Source: National Poverty Center, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Application Deadline: Monday, October 18, 2010 at 5PM Eastern Standard Time

Purpose:
The National Poverty Center (NPC) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan seeks to fund research that will broaden and/or deepen our understanding of issues related to the future reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program. The NPC anticipates funding up to 4 proposals, up to a maximum of $12,500 per award. Funds for this competition are contingent on the funds being provided by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.

More information
Request for Proposals (PDF)

NIH Opportunity Network to Expand Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

NIH Director Francis Collins recently announced the launch of the Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet), a trans-NIH initiative to expand the agency’s funding of basic behavioral and social sciences research (b-BSSR).

More at
http://www.nih.gov/news/health/nov2009/od-18.htm