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Report on the 'Assault on Science'

December 8, 2017

The American Association of University Professors on Thursday released a report on National Security, the Assault on Science, and Academic Freedom, detailing what the association describes as “troubling threats to academic freedom in the physical and natural sciences that have been exacerbated by the Trump administration’s hostility to science.” The report says that science has been increasingly politicized in the Trump era and questions, among other things, various Trump administration appointees to federal agencies founded in science, Congressional moves to curb research on climate and other topics, and President Trump’s various travel bans. Such bans “create a chilling environment for the international exchange of scholars, including scientists whose work may have no obvious political implications,” the report says. It also notes six instances in which Chinese or Chinese American scientists based in the U.S. have been accused of espionage in the course of their academic work, since 1999. AAUP encourages scientists and others to resist efforts to unduly restrict or discredit research on the grounds of national security and to speak out against the the politicization of science.  

 

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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