Speak Up for Science Petition

Citing the potential harm to education, health care, scientific research and innovation, and the economy, Washington University leaders including Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton and Larry J. Shapiro, MD, executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, say they are deeply troubled by the potential impact of wide-ranging, across-the-board federal spending cuts that could take effect beginning March 1, 2013.

Wrighton and Shapiro encourage Washington University’s faculty, students, staff and others to examine what is at risk in the case of a "sequester" and share their concerns with legislators.

To that end, they are encouraging people to consider signing an online petition that urges the White House and Congress to achieve a bipartisan budget compromise that avoids sequestration and “moves the country on to sound fiscal footing without sacrificing our nation’s crucial investments in science and technology."

Supporters can access the petition, launched by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), on the AAAS website.

The deadline for responses is Tuesday evening, February 26. The AAAS will submit the petition Wednesday, Feb. 27.

To read more about administrators' concerns regarding a sequester, see this story in The Record.