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Retiring Legislators Warn of Pitfalls Facing Science in New Congress

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Science  12 Nov 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6006, pp. 898-899
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6006.898

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Two days after last week's midterm election, Science talked with four veteran legislators who have been staunch defenders of science and science education. Three are retiring next month: representatives Brian Baird (D–WA) and Bob Inglis (R–SC) of the House science committee and appropriations subcommittee chair Alan Mollohan (D–WV). A fourth, Representative Sherwood Boehlert (R–NY), a former chair of the House science committee, left in 2007. Science offers excerpts from that discussion with Deputy News Editor Jeffrey Mervis; the full-text transcript and audio podcast are available online.