CAGW says Brown is full of pork

Citizens Against Government Waste, a watchdog group, called out Rhode Island representatives and Brown University in its “Pork Alert” covering House appropriations for energy and water for fiscal year 2011.

One earmark, sponsored by House Reps. Patrick Kennedy and Jim Langevin will give Brown $1.2 million to research carbon sequestration. CAGW complains about the funding because,

“With an endowment of $2.04 billion, Brown could surely afford its own research.”

Well, we’d like to beg to differ. In case you hadn’t heard, Brown’s endowment has suffered “horrendous” losses lately. As have university endowments all across the country.

Besides, the government has always supported research in the arts and sciences. Federal agencies like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation are primary sources of funding. It’s even in the Constitution (with selective reading). If the government stops funding university research, who’s going to find solutions for global warming?

CAGW needs to stop pretending universities don’t need support from outside.

Trust us, the only pork at Brown is in the form of hot ham on a bulky roll.

College Hill gets a visit from Capitol Hill

Any biology-and-political-science double-concentrators hard at work in the depths of Sidney Frank Hall may have gotten a surprise treat Friday afternoon: none other than Rhode Island’s junior senator was in town and paying a visit to the building.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat elected in 2006, visited campus Friday afternoon to tour the building (better known to students as the LiSci) and meet with deans and researchers.

Included on the agenda:

  • A meeting with Dean of Medicine Edward Wing, Vice President for Research Clyde Briant, and director of Governmental Relations Tim Leshan
  • A discussion of climate change with Professor of Geological Sciences Jack Mustard and Professor of Biology Joanna Schmitt, who directs Brown’s Environmental Change Initiative

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