When he addresses the nation tonight (27th January), US President Obama is expected to call for a three-year freeze on federal spending for any programs not dealing with the military or homeland defense. But with the budget boosts for federal science agencies provided by 2009's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act drying up in 2011, science advocates are concerned that Obama's funding freeze may spell the steep budgetary drop-off in the next fiscal year that many dread.
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"Certainly it does concern us," Kerry Peluso, associate vice president for research administration at Emory University in Atlanta, told __The Scientist__. "We want to see our researchers continue to be able to do their research." Though the announcement is not yet official, the White House has released some details of the proposed freeze in the run up to Obama's State of the Union address tonight and the release of his FY2011...

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