The View From 1776

Confirmation from the Playing Field

Frank Madarasz, responding to Scientific Snake-Oil, emailed the comment below. 

Frank earned a doctorate in theoretical condensed matter physics and served as a Research Professor of Optical Sciences and Engineering in the University of Alabama in Huntsville.? He also worked with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, where he worked to establish cooperative nano-science/technology research programs between Taiwanese scientists and the U. S. Air Force.?

Tom,

I told you sometime ago in the write up I made on scientific research that since WW II one of the big failings of the system was to have the government get directly involved with academic research.? This was the result of the Mansfield amendment of 1969.

Faculty get promoted and given raises not so much based on their scholarship, research and teaching as much as the money they bring in.? And the money they bring in is mainly from the government that has task oriented projects and these change ever several years.? The new breed of scientific researcher who wants this funding has to become and expert over night in a variety of areas.? Of course they cannot so most bend the facts a little and do the same to get follow on funding.

Frank

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