Leon Lederman wants U S to double academic science budget, but critics say his appeal is simplistic and ignores fiscal realitiess
WASHINGTON -- Nobel laureate Leon Lederman's call for a doubling of federal spending on academic research was greeted with considerable skepticism last month at a meeting of science policymakers. And that's not his only problem Even some of his colleagues acknowledge that what Lederman calls a present-day crisis is, in fad, a more subtle phenomenon that won't be visible for many years, if at all.

The policymakers and scientists at the meeting, held at the National Academy of Sciences, were reacting to the report of a survey conducted last year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at the request of Lederman, who presented the report. Lederman is president-elect of the organization, which polled science faculty at 50 research universities around the country and received about...

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