Bush's science adviser says he'd like to see government bolster financial support, urges more consideration for individual researchers
WASHINGTON--The Bush administration wants to do more for "small science," says presidential science adviser D. Allan Bromley. But the type of support Bromley has in mind appears to be more psychological than financial.

"The small investigator needs to have a feeling of being paid attention to," Bromley told The Scientist. "There's a feeling that the large projects, like the genome project, the AIDS epidemic, and so on, have taken the focus away from the individual investigator. And I think that we can do something about that."

Bromley, on leave from his post as professor of physics at Yale University, outlined his strategy to help individual investigators in a wide-ranging, 90-minute interview held late last month in his ornate office across the street from the White House. He agreed that the National Institutes...

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