TimFenn writes: Since the Obama administration appointed Francis Collins to run the NIH on July 8, scientists have been arguing whether appointing a evangelical christian was a good choice (also, his discussion with Richard Dawkins is insightful). Further, the NIH faces several challenges, from how to improve peer review to grant/funding allocation concerns. Is Francis Collins the right scientist for the job?
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TimFenn writes: In a letter to Science, Dr. Richard Collins asks if the decline in NIH science funding and single-digit funding success rate for new grants suggests that there may be too many scientists (as new researchers attempting to make a career in science have a progressively lower chance of attaining, and maintaining, funding). (Note: subscription required for viewing sciencemag.org content)