Texas Tech University

Will ‘anti-science’ Trump harm US research?

Times Higher Education

November 17, 2016

Times Higher Education - Will Donald Trump be the first “anti-science” president of the United States, as some have claimed? He has shown almost no interest in science during his election campaign, but his few utterances in this area have sent chills through the world-leading US research community.

Cutting spending to science and higher education in general would not be a priority for Mr Trump, added Stephen H. Balch, director of the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization at Texas Tech University.

"Trump isn't a 'budget hawk' – I wouldn't expect severe cuts in student funding," he said.

He also expressed hope that a Trump administration would address the "unremitting ideological hostility of most of academe's opinion leadership".

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