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Carol W. Greider

Defunding the dreamers: the perils of cutting science research

Defunding the dreamers: the perils of cutting science research

When I was a Ph.D. student at Yale, I dreamed of working as a university professor, directing a research laboratory, and training students of my own. I have been a professor for a little over four years now. Of the lessons I have learned in this time, the one I have taken most to heart is that scientists at American universities spend far more time dreaming of research than actually carrying it out. By "dreaming," I mean that university scientists design studies and submit many applications to federal agencies for grants to conduct these studies. This dreaming takes time — a few months for each dream, or each grant application submitted. Most university scientists I know...

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