Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 30 Issue 02

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Volume 30, No. 2
Pages 7 - 9

FROM THE PRESIDENT • Follow the Money

Alan C. Mix
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The White House budget proposal for FY2018 (OMB, 2017) includes substantial cuts to scientific research programs. Whether Congress enacts those proposals remains to be seen, but even if current funding levels remain intact, ocean (and other) scientists already believe that research funding is tight. Are those perceptions about tight funding really true, or are we are imagining a rosy past that didn’t really exist? Let’s see what the data say.


Mix, A.C. 2017. Follow the money. Oceanography 30(2):7–9, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2017.202.


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