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By David R. Johnson
University of Nevada, Reno 

With federal funding for science on the decline, what's the role of a profit motive in research?


December 12, 2018

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(THE CONVERSATION) What is the place of a profit motive in the production of knowledge at public universities?

The Trump administration’s initial budget request presented in 2017 offered one answer to that question. According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the budget proposal included a 17 percent reduction in funding for basic research. Proposed cuts to particular agencies and programs within them, such as research on basic energy sciences at the...

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