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Elements S4 • E10

How a Government Shutdown Screws Up Scientific Research

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Published on Jan 11, 2019

Thousands of scientists were sent home on temporary non-paid leave, what does it mean for the research they had to leave behind?

How Scientists Still Work Together, Even When Their Countries Don’t – https://youtu.be/Mbw7bWnH8SM

Read More:
Toll on Science and Research Mounts as Government Shutdown Continues
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/05/us...
“A shutdown has these cascading effects on the scientific work of the organization,” said Daniel M. Ashe, a former director of the Fish and Wildlife Service. “They’re hard to foresee or predict right now, but they’re crippling, really, and they affect the organization not for three or four weeks, but for the rest of the year because of all of this complex orchestration of field work.””

Another Casualty of the Government Shutdown: Hurricane Preparedness
https://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...
“EMC, the Environmental Modeling Center—they’re the main point of contact for improving the Hurricane Center models, and really the Weather Service model in general. And that organization is basically furloughed; there's very few staff working now. Every fiscal year they set out to improve [some] model, and they have timetables to meet. And now we’re in the third week here. Delays for a day or two—that can easily be absorbed. But the longer this goes on, the more likely it is to have negative consequences down the line.”

Government Shutdown Causes Slowdown In Scientific Research
https://www.npr.org/2019/01/09/683732...
“It does have a lingering impact because a lot of this work is work that's ongoing at such an incredible pace right now that interrupting that really sets a lot of that work back. And also, just recovering from the lost opportunities for people to get together, it's going to take some months to really be able to rebuild some of those opportunities in new and different ways.”
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