07 Apr '12, 2pm

Science faces a funding, leadership vacuum in U.S., physicists say

Science faces a funding, leadership vacuum in U.S., physicists say

Photo: PashaIgnatov/iStockphoto ATLANTA — The United States is at risk of ceding its leadership in science, a number of physicists agreed, though there was less of a consensus on a clear solution to the problem. Five physicists shared their worries about America's scientific future during a panel discussion here at the April 2012 meeting of the American Physics Society, saying that governmental funding for science research is in crisis, and not enough U.S. students graduate with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. "There are some facts and figures that are very disturbing, which show the United States might be losing ground in science and discovery, whereas other countries are gaining," Pushpa Bhat, a physicist at Illinois' Fermi Accelerator National Laboratory (Fermilab), said at a press conference preceding the panel. "We can't sit back and watch." Bhat...

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