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NYIT in the Media
Sep 29 2013

Hadjiargyrou Letter to The Times: Research and the Tea Party


In "Research and the Tea Party," Michael Hadjiargyrou, Ph.D., chair of the life sciences department at the College of Arts and Sciences, argues that the Tea Party wing of the Republic Party is both "shortsighted and partisan" in its oppostiion to the nation's biomedical research.

In response to a column by Thomas L. Friedman, Hadjiargyrou, who also conducts research at Stony Brook University, writes, "As a biomedical scientist at an academic institution who relies heavily on money from the National Institutes of Health to conduct scientific research, I have witnessed the devastating results of this political extremism: laboratories closing, junior faculty members being fired for lack of research dollars, senior members of the faculty not being promoted, faculty members unable to follow through on their innovative research ideas, students not being trained, and so on."