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Academics at Risk

  • Secrecy/Pseudoscience
  • Undone science
  • See slide shows on corporations and on science and pseudoscience on phsj website

Academics at Risk

  • Including government scientists
  • Subversion of science by Bush Administration
  • Obama administration slow to roll out ethical standards
  • Discourages young scientists

Academics at Risk

  • Contingent (adjunct) faculty up from 43% (1979) to 75% today
    • Paid ¼ amount of regular faculty
    • No benefits
    • No job security, opportunities for career advancement
  • Dramatic decrease in tenured faculty, rise in number of administrators
    • Many very well paid

Academics/Professional Organizations Affected

  • Dramatic decrease in tenured faculty, rise in administrators
    • Over 30 private university presidents make over $1 million in annual salary (football coaches often make much more)
    • 75% of faculty members now adjunct (avg. salary $25,000)

Academics at Risk

  • University faculty members spend about 40% of their research time writing grant applications and fulfilling grant paperwork requirements
  • Funding agencies favor worthy but incremental research over risky but potentially transformative work
  • Solutions:
    • Increase research budgets
    • Longer funding cycles
    • Fund people, rather than projects

Academics/Professional Organizations Affected

    • ↑Private commercial funding of university research
      • Front-end domination and rear-end repression affect research agenda, dissemination of knowledge
      • Undone science
      • Secrecy/gag clauses
      • Corporate-sponsored harassment of scientists

Academics/Professional Organizations Affected

  • 2001 – 2011: Number of published papers increased by 44%; number of retracted articles increased 15-fold (3/4 for errors, ¼ for fraud)
  • Gagging of researchers at federal agencies demoralizing, can affect recruitment of quality scientists

Academics at Risk

  • College tuition up (440% from 1984-2009), administrators’ salaries skyrocketing, faculty salaries stagnant
  • Average debt for graduating college students = $25,250 ($175,348 for med school graduates)

Academics at Risk

  • Job market poor for graduating college students
  • 50% of college students do internships, up from 17% in 1992
  • 1/3 – ½ of internships are unpaid
    • Unpaid interns receive as many job offers as those who never intern

Academics/Professional Organizations Affected

  • Dramatic decrease in tenured faculty, rise in administrators
    • Over 30 private university presidents make over $1 million in annual salary (football coaches often make much more)
    • 75% of faculty members now adjunct (avg. salary $25,000)

Union of Concerned Scientists (2015)

Academics at Risk

  • Teachers underpaid
  • Teachers’ unions under attack
  • 47% of K-12 teachers graduate in bottom 1/3 of college class
  • Forced instruction in creationism, intelligent design, etc.

The Medical Brain Drain

  • U.S. – 280 physicians/100K people (vs. sub-Saharan Africa – 20/100K people)
  • Five times as many migrating doctors flow from developing to developed nations than in the opposite direction
  • Example of “inverse care law”:
    • Those countries that need the most health care resources are getting the least

Science in the Developing World

  • Lack of scientists in developing world (1/50th of developed world per capita)
  • Impaired access to scientific data (publications/textbooks too expensive, hence information outdated

The Media

  • Most media organizations owned by multinational, multi-billion dollar corporations that are involved in a number of businesses apart from the media, such as forestry, pulp and paper mills, defense, real estate, oil wells, agriculture, steel production, railways, and water and power utilities

Global Warming: Controversial?

  • Of 928 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 0% were in doubt as to the existence or cause of global warming
  • Of 636 articles in the popular press (NY Times, Washington Post, LA Times, WSJ), 53% expressed doubt as to the existence (and primary cause) of global warming
  • Science 2004;306:1686-7
  • (Study covers 1993-2003)
  • IPCC / Al Gore share 2007 Nobel Peace Prize

Legislative Mandates

  • Bills allowing teaching of creationism or “intelligent design” alongside evolution
  • Bills requiring global warming to be taught as a “theory”

Anti-Science Legislators

  • Members of the House Science Committee (2012)
    • Paul Broun (R-GA): Evolution, embryology, and the Big Bang Theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell;” climate change is a “hoax”
    • Ralph Hall (R-TX): Agrees with TX Governor Rick Perry that climate scientists are involved in a conspiracy to receive research funding.
    • Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI): The science on global warming is “inconclusive”

Anti-Science Legislators

    • Members of the House Science Committee (2012)
      • Todd Akin (R-MO): “If it’s legitimate rape,” women will not get pregnant (lost 2012 election)
    • Dana Rohrbacher (R-CA): Claimed an earlier period of global warming may have been caused by “dinosaur flatulence,” suggested that if global warming is real it could be addressed by cutting down trees, does not believe that CO2 is a cause of global warming


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