Science Anyone Left on the Science Beat in Seattle?
posted by July 15 at 19:40 PMon
After all the buyouts and staff cuts, is there anyone left reporting on science in Seattle?
I’m not asking about a business reporter who covers biotech. Nor someone who reads press releases and RSS feeds of published scientific articles. I’m definitely not asking about wire reports, or reruns of New York Times articles. Is there anyone, at any of the local papers, who actually covers the scientific community in Seattle, who knows the lab managers, the budget officers, the department chairs, the graduate students and fellows? Anyone who is connected enough to know the science that isn’t being done, what crucial questions are going unanswered?
I’m not gloating here. I’m horrified. Seattle is a world class scientific city, right up there with Paris, Boston, San Francisco, Tokyo and Baltimore. The University of Washington is consistently one of the largest federal grant recipients—many years second only to Johns Hopkins in total dollars, typically hovering around a billion dollars—largely due to the high quality of work being done. With all we need right now from science, to have no real press coverage, in one of the primary centers of global scientific research, is terrifying.
I don’t count. I’m far to conflicted to honestly report on the state of science in Seattle. I can say there are fantastic stories to be had. Anyone out there?