Friday, August 01, 2008

Don't Worry, We've Got It Covered

Stanford and UC Berkeley are refusing federal funds due to the limitations on research and the publication of research that are tied to the acceptance of federal monies. This is a proud day for these schools. Taking a stand against over-reaching government oversight on research is a pretty bold move and not one all universities and colleges can take unfortunately. Even so, if more of the top school move in this direction it might (emphasis on might) induce the government to lighten up on it's restrictive attitude toward research and academic freedom. It also mean that Stanford and UC Berkeley don't have to allow military recruiters on campus. I'm not really seeing a downside here. Bravo to the professors and deans of the schools for placing academic freedom over federal money.