The Chronicle of Higher Education
October 16th, 2014
Two years into the latest round of attacks by Congressional
Republicans on federally sponsored research, an escalating effort by the
House science committee to find fault with the National Science
Foundation is taking a growing toll on researchers.
NSF grants to some 50 professors across the country are now being
investigated by the Republican-controlled committee. More than a dozen
of the researchers, in comments to The Chronicle, said they had
little idea what the politicians were seeking, but warned of a
dangerous precedent in what they described as a witch hunt.
"This is an outrageous politicization of science," said one of the
researchers, Glenn Gordon Smith, an associate professor in instructional
technology at the University of South Florida who has used NSF money
for work involving climate change.