AR-News: U.S. Security Bad for Science?
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Mon Apr 26 18:20:39 EDT 2004
US SECURITY BAD FOR SCIENCE?
AAAS meeting panelists say increased measures since September 11 have had
The Scientist, Eugene Russo, April 26, 2004
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Washington, DC A growing body of evidence suggests that policies resulting
from postSeptember 11 security measures are having a negative impact on
scientific research in the United States, according to speakers at an
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting last
Friday (April 23). To win the war on terror, we may lose our scientific
preeminence, warned David Heyman, director of the Homeland Security
Program's Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Widely reported visa delays and restrictions have been among the concerns.
John J. McGowan, director of the Division of Extramural Activities at the
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, pointed to the
Council of Graduate Schools Survey, released in March, which reported that
graduate school applications from international students declined 32% in the
last year. Based on responses from 113 graduate schools, the survey reported
that all major countries of origin and all major fields saw declines.
Roughly 50% of the graduate schools reported declines in applications for
programs in agriculture or the biological sciences, according to the survey.
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