Where’s the gravy train?

Fellow ScienceBlogger Janet Stemwedel, in reference to the declining NIH budget, asks: Hey, where’d that gravy train go? She makes a number of good points and the article she references discusses Case Western Reserve University, where I spent eight years doing residency and graduate school.

I may very well have more to say on this issue next week from my perspective as a physician-scientist who is already very worried about renewing his very first NIH R01 grant, even though it doesn’t expire for nearly four years. However, contemplating the bleak funding situation for grants is just too serious and depressing a topic for me to write about extensively on a Friday, when traditionally lighter fare has been the order of the day. Instead, look for another installment of your Friday Dose of Woo later this morning, thanks to the wondrous technology of timed posting!

By Monday I may well be in the mood to contemplate the depressing topic of how I’m going to keep my lab funded, but it’ll probably put me in a bad mood.