My university employs a lobbyist. One of the jobs of the lobbyist is to pitch alluring high-dollar research projects to congress and try to snag some earmarks and whatnot.
Several projects I've been involved in have been included, at one time or another, in the bunch of projects the lobbyist shops around, with varying degrees of success.
On the one hand, I like to get funding for cool projects. And if somebody's going to get funding for cool projects, why not me?
On the other hand, I have a strong philosophical objection to congressional pork projects.
What's a girl to do?
4 days ago