Inside Higher Ed
August 3rd, 2015
Representative Lamar Smith may be among the least popular members of
Congress with social scientists. As chair of the House science
committee, the Texas Republican has pushed legislation
that would result in significantly lower funding levels for social
science research supported by the National Science Foundation, and he
has repeatedly questioned grants in social science disciplines.
Smith's popularity isn't going up with a new bill on the NSF, which
advocates for the social sciences say is a deliberate attempt to make it
more difficult for scholars to win grants and seeks to change the
definition of basic research.