I've been a busy guy lately, with various projects taking their toll on my free time, but with more than my share of fun things in NYC and Chicago to preclude any year-end despair. That said, all of this has been happening amidst the chilling background story of the surprise attack by Congress on the RHIC funding and the various efforts of the lab, the RHIC community, and our allied politicians to either get some funding restored, and to make sure we don't get a similar treatment in 2007.
While most of that story proceeds behind closed doors, some things have been made public via news articles and press releases. Among them:
- Two Newsday editorials, one on December 11, and the other on December 19. These have been extremely positive towards the work at the lab, but chilling in their implications if the budget cuts continue.
- Senators Schumer and Clinton, and Representative Bishop met with DOE's chief science officer Ray Orbach last week.
- A Newsday article on the same meeting, from 12/16, "Brookhaven Nat'l Lab's ion collider shortfall means layoffs".
Gee, it's tough being the top physics story of the year. We'll try harder next year, promise!