Thursday, February 10, 2011

US science agencies targeted for cuts

The US budget battle of 2011 has barely begun, but the opening salvos are echoing loudly across the capitol — in some cases, signalling the potential for major cuts to labs and regulatory agencies. Most striking in its size and political implications is the proposed cut to the DOE Office of Science, which underwrites the lion's share of research in many areas of chemistry and physics in the United States and supports ten national laboratories, including Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University in Menlo Park, California, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. The proposed cut would amount to a nearly 18% reduction from the Office of Science's 2010 budget. The shortfall would presumably have to be absorbed in the final months of the 2011 budget. More>