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"Plan For Tomorrow...

(January 20 2009) Written by: Sade Fridy in Majors & Minors, Student Life

'Cause we swear to you
You're going to be okay" ~Scrubs Cast

After a long, long wait it's finally here. What is? Inauguration Day. Millions of people gathered in Washington D.C. and billions across the globe tuned in to watch 44th president, Barack Obama, be sworn in. I'm not going to lie and say that I had been following the campaign from day one, but I for a long time I didn't see how it impacted my life. But at some point during the spring quarter of 08 I realized that I was now a biotech major and that maybe I should start paying attention. Because, while everyone should, the change in administration will really affect the future of science in America. Will we start moving forward again or will we stand still for another 8 years? Will the brain drain continue as american graduates (possibly including myself) leave the country to pursue research opportunities in other countries? Countries whose government has not been stunting their scientific growth?

I know he wasn't born in a manger or on the planet krypton but what I want to know is, will our new president keep his word and allow the funding of areas of research that for the last 8 years have been banned? With nominees like Dr. Steven Chu for Secretary of Energy and Jane Lubchenco for Director of the NOAA, I think he will.

So...plan for tomorrow.



As an after thought, Obama's speech was amazing and song composed by John Williams "air and simple gifts" is really good.

Comments (3)

  • Joanna Fridy

    Joanna Fridy

    20 January 2009 at 13:08 |
    Here in Trinidad and Tobago, this event is as important to us as it is to the american population. In a world where things sometimes seem futile and hopeless... President Obama has given hope to us all that sterotypes can be broken and that nothing is impossible.

    There is a story in the Gospel of Mark where Jesus talks about faith and hope in the parable about the "Cursed Fig Tree"... Today's events is a testimony to this.. so you are right.. we can plan ahead with some hope, because... YES WE CAN
  • richc228

    richc228

    20 January 2009 at 19:49 |
    Very well said.

    Funding for sciences is not, and shouldn't be treated as a "nice to have" but as a necessity. For some time research funding has been neglected and seen almost as an after thought. Hopefully the new president will realize that this cannot be the case. I think he realizes the need and will act on it! Good Luck Mr. President

    nice post :)
  • Chica'smom

    Chica'smom

    20 January 2009 at 22:26 |
    He may not have been born in a manger or on planet Krypton,
    but methinks he may have been the real Neo.;D

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