- Last week the Wisconsin state legislation considered a budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. Among the proposed cost saving proposals was a provision that would bar state universities from participating in high-speed networks. If enacted, the proposal would have jeopardized the ability of Wisconsin universities to share large data sets, such as those generated by research on protein structure or the development of cellulosic biofuels. Fortunately for researchers, the Assembly removed the policy rider from the budget before final passage.
- Former Representative Bob Inglis (R-SC) plans to form a new conservative coalition to address climate change. Inglis hopes to rally support from other Republicans who believe that action should be taken to address global warming. "What I hope to do is be a part of an effort that calls conservatives to return to conservatism and to turn away from the populist rejection of science," Inglis said.
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