Where’s the gravy train?

Fellow ScienceBlogger Janet Stemwedel, in reference to the declining NIH budget, asks: Hey, where’d that gravy train go? She makes a number of good points and the article she references discusses Case Western Reserve University, where I spent eight years doing residency and graduate school.

I may very well have more to say on this issue next week from my perspective as a physician-scientist who is already very worried about renewing his very first NIH R01 grant, even though it doesn’t expire for nearly four years. However, contemplating the bleak funding situation for grants is just too serious and depressing a topic for me to write about extensively on a Friday, when traditionally lighter fare has been the order of the day. Instead, look for another installment of your Friday Dose of Woo later this morning, thanks to the wondrous technology of timed posting!

By Monday I may well be in the mood to contemplate the depressing topic of how I’m going to keep my lab funded, but it’ll probably put me in a bad mood.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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