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Saturday, August 12, 2006
Hi, this is Claire Kenyon and I am the guest blogger while Lance is away. I have spent the last few weeks traveling and have heard many US academics express worries about possible pending money troubles. The precarious state of NSF funding is on everyone's mind. Like everybody else I know, I have sent a proposal in answer to NSF's last call for grant proposals in TCS, and I am now considering what the next step should be if it does not get funded. What alternative is there to NSF funding? I have asked this question to a few colleagues and have yet to hear a promising answer. However, I found the answer yesterday on my flight to Berkeley, reading the Kinsella best-seller, Confessions of a Shopaholic: "There are two solutions to money troubles. C.B., or M.M.M. -- Cut Back, or Make More Money." To know how to Cut Back, we can look at our less wealthy sister discipline, Math, for inspiration. For example, we could bypass conferences and submit our results directly to journals.
Posted by Claire Kenyon at 1:22 PM