Menu

Interior Department’s Screen of Meeting Abstracts Called Censorship

USGS scientists need approval from a political appointee before they can present research at two big geological conferences.

Jun 16, 2018
Kerry Grens

Department of the InteriorFLICKR, NCINDCConference presentations at scientific meetings from the US Geological Survey will have to advance the priorities of the Interior Department in order to get approval, The Washington Post reported yesterday (June 14). Although presentation requests had been screened before, it was never by a political appointee, according to Marcia McNutt, who led the USGS under President Barack Obama.

“It’s a form of censorship,” Bruce Babbitt, interior secretary during former president Bill Clinton’s administration, tells The Post.

The Interior Department explains that the process is a means of conserving the budget. “If taxpayer dollars are being spent to send someone to a conference, we’d like some degree of confidence that their attendance will advance the department’s priorities,” spokesperson Faith Vander Voort tells The Post. Those priorities include conservation, sustainable development of natural resources, and protecting the nation’s borders.

The two meetings subject to this extra scrutiny are arranged by the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America.

See EPA Requires Political Approval of Grants

July/August 2019

On Target

Researchers strive to make individualized medicine a reality

Marketplace

Sponsored Product Updates

DNASTAR® announced the release of Lasergene 16 Software
DNASTAR® announced the release of Lasergene 16 Software
DNASTAR® announced the release of Lasergene 16 today, which includes a broad range of improvements in for analysis of DNA, RNA and protein sequence data, as well as new advancements for predicting and analyzing protein structures. 
Arbor Biosciences Partners with Curio Genomics for Analysis of IWGSC Wheat Exome
Arbor Biosciences Partners with Curio Genomics for Analysis of IWGSC Wheat Exome
Arbor Biosciences, a division of Chiral Technologies, Inc and worldwide leader in next generation sequencing (NGS) target enrichment, announces a partnership with Curio Genomics for bioinformatics analysis of the wheat genome.
IDT and Washington University join forces to increase access to the latest NGS technologies
IDT and Washington University join forces to increase access to the latest NGS technologies
As part of its commitment to advocate for the genomics age, Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) aims to lower the barriers to access the latest NGS technologies.
Bio-Rad Launches Bio-Plex Pro Human Immunotherapy Panel 20-plex Multiplex Assay, a targeted tool for researching signaling networks in Immunotherapy Research
Bio-Rad Launches Bio-Plex Pro Human Immunotherapy Panel 20-plex Multiplex Assay, a targeted tool for researching signaling networks in Immunotherapy Research
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb) July 15, 2019 announced the launch of its Bio-Plex Pro Human Immunotherapy Panel 20-plex, a multiplex immunoassay that offers a targeted approach for Immunotherapy Research.