Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): The Impact of Sequestration on Research (Week of February 25, 2013)


Originally posted at THL Blog: http://thlibrary.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/hashtags-of-the-week-hotw-the-impact-of-sequestration-on-research-week-of-february-25-2013/


I am writing this on Thursday, February 28. If no action is taken, sequestration will be in effect as of midnight. What does that mean for STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) research in the United States? I decided to go to Twitter to see what researchers and scientists were saying.

I searched #sequester and research so I could narrow my results and weed out a majority of the political chest-thumping. From there, I found the hashtag #sciquester and that was where the action was. There were quite a few tweets about what the sequester means for research institutions as well as current and prospective NIH/NSF grantees:

Some tweets considered how cuts to science and research would impact the economy on both micro and macro levels:

And there were a plethora of tweets urging everyone to advocate to their communities and government officials to do whatever they can to stop the sequestration before today.

Congress may end up intervening in the 11th hour. This post may seem silly in the morning. It may be that we avoid sequestration this time, but that doesn’t mean the advocacy and support for science and research should end. If we don’t make our voices heard, we can’t effect change.

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