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Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, has been reviewing individual grants awarded by NSF through the merit-review process in an effort to undermine the value of some research funded by the Foundation. Some of the grants that Chairman Smith has questioned were funded through the agency’s Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) program.

On October 7, 2014, AAG Executive Director Doug Richardson sent a letter [PDF] to the Chairman that praises the value of GSS-funded research and asserts that Smith’s action “undermines our nation’s scientific endeavor and makes young Americans reticent to pursue careers in critical STEM fields.”

Read AAG’s Letter to the Chairman