Earmark for New Ship Puts Academics Over Pork Barrel

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Science  12 Jul 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5272, pp. 176
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5272.176


A Senate proposal to give the Navy $45 million to build a replacement research ship for the University of Hawaii is producing a squall in the nation's leading oceanographic institutions. While oceanographers are grateful for congressional support for their field, many complain that the earmark undermines the long-range planning process based on peer review and consensus. And for some institutions the issue may turn out to be more than a matter of principle: The Navy, to hold down its costs after the new ship comes on line, could decide to retire one or more of its four other ships now being operated by academic institutions.