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Last Post 10/23/2008 3:49 PM by  KD Leka
career economy
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10/21/2008 5:49 AM

    Linda E

    Given the present state of our economy, do any of you work a second job, and if not, has the economic situation hurt your work in terms of getting grants, etc?

    Kris Sigsbee

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    10/21/2008 7:40 AM

    Hi Linda,

    That's a very thought-provoking question!

    The economic difficulties faced by the U.S. right now have not yet affected me such that I need to work a second job. I'm not sure I would have time to take another job, even if I needed to do so, since my work as a scientist keeps me busy full-time.

    So far the economic situation does not appear to be causing any change in my ability to obtain research grants or the funding available in my department. Government science funding is not directly related to the current economic problems caused by the sub-prime mortgage crisis and bank failures, so I would not expect the current economic situation to have an immediate effect. However, as our federal government changes its spending priorities to deal with the economic crisis, it is possible that federal science funding could eventually be reduced.

    The upcoming Presidential election will be very important because it will have a profound impact on the direction the U.S. economy and federal budget for the next several years. I hope that whoever is elected will recognize that maintaining scientific and technical expertise is important to the long-term growth of the U.S. economy.


    KD Leka

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    10/23/2008 3:49 PM

    Hi -- in my case, I work at a small research company. While I don't have a second job, our company has had to be pro-active to ensure cash-flow to pay salaries, etc. We are more affected by the government's continuing resolutions and lack of a passed budget: that has in fact delayed funding coming from NASA which we were expecting. -KD

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