Friday, January 25, 2008


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?

1 comment:

Rob said...

Take the money. If you put it to good use, then you're giving the taxpayers value. This kind of funding is morally questionable, but once you have it, you will use it to do great research. In this case, the means justify the ends.

(This is my first time on your blog. Nice job. I'm a full professor at a Big Ten school. Also Vice Chair for graduate studies. White male, sorry)