'A Step in the Right Direction' | GenomeWeb

Ian Brooks at A Meandering Scholar and PZ Myers at Pharyngula both applaud President Obama's request for a six percent increase in the National Research Service Award stipends for postdoctoral scientists. This increase would be "a step in the right direction" and would "mean a lot to most postdocs, even if it is largely symbolic," Brooks says.

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