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Kenneth Evans, a Rice graduate student working toward a Ph.D. in physics and an intern for the Science and Technology Program, blogs about President Barack Obama"s emphasis on science and technology research and development in his proposed FY2012 budget. 

"Passing and implementing Obama's FY2012 budget in its entirety would be a resounding success for U.S. science and technology and would put the country back on equal footing with an increasingly competitive global research environment," Evans writes. 

It is likely, however, that the proposed budget will face major cuts before Congress approves it. Evans calls on "civic scientists" to urge legislators to support science and technology funding before the president's proposal collapses.

Read Evans' March 17, 2011, post "Calling 'Civic Scientists' to support Obama's FY2012 budget" on the Baker Institute Blog.