April 29, 2015: Laurel Smith-Doerr Presents her NSF-funded Research on Capitol Hill to Oppose Proposed Bill to Cut NSF Funding for the Social Sciences

Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) Director and Professor of Sociology Laurel Smith-Doerr representing the American Sociological Association presented her NSF-funded research to lawmakers on Capitol Hill at an exhibition titled “Investments in STEM Research and Funding: Fueling American Innovation.” Smith-Doerr was invited to present findings from "The Social Organization of Collaboration in the Chemical Sciences," a collaborative NSF award with Jennifer Croissant at the University of Arizona. The exhibition is hosted by the Coalition for National Science Funding in the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC.

While on the Hill, Smith-Doerr met with Massachusetts state members of Congress Rep. Jim McGovern and Senator Elizabeth Warren. The theme of her visit was to oppose the current bill before the House (HR 1806) that would cut NSF funding for social sciences nearly in half (http://www.cossa.org/2015/04/23/anti-science-competes-bill-heads-to-house-floor), and also includes major cuts to the geosciences. Every major scientific society has stated opposition to this bill, which interferes with expert peer review. McGovern and Warren (as well as staff members from Senator Markey's office who met with Smith-Doerr) expressed their agreement in opposing HR1806. Senator Warren herself has received NSF funding in the past for her research in economics.

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(Main Image) Smith-Doerr with Sen. Warren and ASA staff member Brad Smith (at Warren's office); Smith-Doerr with Rep. McGovern (at his office); Smith-Doerr with NSF Director Dr. Frances Cordova (at the conference)