The Science Lobby

Researchers need to lobby for science, writes Jai Ranganathan, a conservation biologist and co-founder of the SciFund Challenge, at Scientific American's Guest Blog. This is especially the case, he adds, as budgets diminish due to the sequester.

Other sectors affected by budget cuts — and he points to defense as an example — lobby for their cause and for their slice of the federal budget.

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