In the November 2010 issue of the journal BioScience, Julie Palakovich Carr reports on the potential impacts of retirements of key Congressional policymakers on science policy. An excerpt from the article, “Major Changes in Congress May Mean Major Changes for Science Policy,” follows:

This month, voters across the nation will head to the polls for the midterm elections. Regardless of the final results, the departure of several long-standing science and education advocates will most likely change the way science is viewed in the 112th Congress.

“The retirements of champions of science, such as Representatives Brian Baird, Bart Gordon, Vern Ehlers, and Dave Obey and the defeats of Senator Arlen Specter and Rep. Alan Mollohan [in primary elections earlier this year] mean the loss of considerable support for science in the Congress,” warned Howard J. Silver, executive director of the Consortium of Social Science Associations, in an e-mail interview.

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