NSF chief defends basic research in face of proposed budget cuts
WGBH - 04/03/2017
“We just cannot afford to give up,” said NSF Director France Cordova, delivering the keynote address at the opening of a new $225 million science and engineering complex at Northeastern University.
Without mentioning Trump by name, Cordova said deep cuts would be devastating to scientific research and the economy.
“The discoveries that have made such a profound difference in the way we live and learn and work and communicate are all due to investments in basic research,” Cordova said. “Half of our present GDP is due to investments in science and technology and much of that investment has been by the federal government.”