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2009 Presidential budget request and other stuff February 5, 2008

Posted by apetrov in Near Physics, Particle Physics, Physics, Science.
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I just came back from a trip to the East Coast – which explains me neglecting this blog for a while. I gave talks at the Johns Hopkins University and Univ. of Massachusetts – those places are rather close to my heart as I spent some time in both of those universities at various points in my life. It was fun to give a talk about black holes in one of those places…

Anyways, while I was out, the 2009 Presidential Budget request appeared. And it looks good for the physical sciences. Now, for DOE details can be found here. The DOE portion of the budget (in millions of dollars) for high energy physics looks as follows:
2007 actual__|__ 2008 est. __|__2009 est.

__733________|__ 688________|__ 805___
This is a healthy increase! Why am I not jumping in joy? Maybe because numbers also looked very nice in the last year’s budget, but at the end they turned into a complete disaster… and a year before… there is still quite a bit of road ahead…

Another curious thing that happened last week (besides NY Giants winning SuperBowl) was me getting into a car accident. Nothing serious, a tire, rolling on an I-95 freeway (!) hit my rental car on the front driver side. Now, what are the chances of that! All of that happened just north of the Giant’s stadium in NJ — and since I was hoping for the New England Patriots to go all the way this year — I start to suspect something…. 🙂

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Added 1: New York Times has an article about that here.

Added 2: U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL-13) sent a letter to the President urging him to include $300 million for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science in his upcoming fiscal year 2008 (FY08) emergency supplemental appropriations request. Full text of the letter could be found here. I don’t know if those letters have any physical effect or could be gauge-transformed to zero.

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