Thursday, June 30, 2011

Proposal to Eliminate the SBE Directorate at NSF

A proposal has surfaced to eliminate the social, behaviorial, and economic sciences directorate at the National Science Foundation. The impact for anthropology would be profound.

Anthropologists in the U.S. should consider writing to their House Representatives and US Senators, ideally before the CJS Subcommittee meeting on 7 July, or before the full House Appropriations Committee meeting on 13 July, and at least before the floor discussion scheduled for the week of 25 July.

They could copy Subcommittee Chair Frank Wolf R-VA and Ranking Member Chakah Fattah D-PA and perhaps other members of the Subcommittee ( and Appropriations Committee Chair Harold Rogers (R-KY) and Ranking Member Norm Dicks (D-WA) (

You can find contact information for their representative using the “Write Your Representative” feature at, and you will find a list of Senators, sortable by state, at

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