The Politics Of Filling The Pipeline

If you think that an idea as all-American as national science scholars could be able to escape the taint of politics, you’ll have to think again. In last month’s address to Congress, President Bush proposed 570 such scholarships to entice the intellectual cream of U.S. youth to pursue careers in science and engineering, But his $5 million a year program to refill the U.S. science pipeline would be overseen by the Department of Education, and that is rubbing some members of Congress the wrong way. Two bills, from Bep. Doug Walgren (D-Pa.) and Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio), can for a similar program to be operated by the National Science Foundation, and It’s no coincidence that Walgren is also head of the subcommittee of the House panel that authorizes NSF programs. “NSF ls the focal point for most science activities within the federal government and...

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