linkurl:Mark Lively,; a professor of biochemistry at Wake Forest University, took over as the president of the linkurl:Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB); on July 1 of this year. In a conversation with The Scientist, Lively outlines some of FASEB's goals for the upcoming year, including the organization's views on what to do when the $10.4 billion in stimulus funds for the NIH runs out.
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The Scientist: How has the $10.4 billion the NIH received in the recent stimulus package affected scientific research? Mark Lively: Since 2003, [the flat NIH budget] has led to some severe crunches in terms of the abilities of institutions of higher learning and particularly academic medical centers to pursue their goals. That, on top of the economic downturn, has really put our institutions in a very bad way, and people have been losing their jobs. The stimulus is turning that...

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