For many years, former Senator William Proxmire (D-WI) offered a Golden Fleece Award to government-funded scientific studies that he deemed a waste of taxpayer money, says ScienceInsider's David Malakoff. Now, Representative Jim Cooper (D-TN), other members of Congress, and several research groups plan to use Proxmire's idea with a twist by offering the newly thought-up Golden Goose Award to research projects that sound funny but have demonstrably serious implications for human health or the economy, Malakoff says. "Nominations will be reviewed by an eight-member selection committee that includes Bruce Alberts, the editor-in-chief of Science and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Burton Richter as well as university research officials," he adds. "At a press conference today in the Rayburn House Office Building, AAAS President Alan Leshner said he hoped the prize would help remind people that even seemingly offbeat studies can produce unexpected results."
Laying a Golden Research Egg
Apr 26, 2012