Tuesday, 3 July 2012

More on recent science funding cuts in Canada

A writeup in Physics Today on recent science funding cuts in Canada:http://www.physicstoday.org/resource/1/phtoad/v65/i7/p20_s1?bypassSSO=1 ...every time it seems it can't get worse, it does!!! not sure where Canada is headed in maintaining its leadership in these scientific areas, if no investments today, no gain tomorrow, such a simple concept, isn't it?!..."The MRS program has been funding operations for nearly 40 facilities across Canada. In the most recent competition, the Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering was “gutted,” says Dominic Ryan of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. The institute’s MRS funding was decreased this year from $1.5 million to just a third of that. The irony, Ryan says, is that the federal government has committed to produce the medical isotope molybdenum-99 through 2016 at the National Research Universal reactor at Chalk River, Ontario, which costs about $100 million per year to run. “Neutrons will be produced. All we have to do is open the doors.” But, he says, “there is no other pot we can tap into [to fund neutron scattering research].”"

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