At Science Progress, Estella Raulfs takes a moment to consider how to make research sustainable and begins with acknowledging the "Samaritans of science": research technicians. To stay globally competitive in science, this article argues, investment must be made to have a "sustainable and professional technical research workforce" by creating job stability, restructuring grants so that personnel and service contracts are emphasized when new equipment is being purchased, and developing degree programs for training technicians. On that last point, Raulfs says the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act authorizes NSF to fund Professional Science Master's degrees to train workers "at the interface of science and business, industry, government, or communication."
Focusing on the Underappreciated
May 04, 2009