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March 18, 2015 : OUL Political Science Associate Professor Meets with Federal Lawmakers
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – Ohio University Lancaster Associate Professor of Political Science, Dr. Linda Trautman was on Capitol Hill last week talking to lawmakers and their staff members about the importance of federal funding for social and behavioral science research. Trautman and other educators from Ohio spoke with staffers from the offices of Senator Rob Portman, and Representative Joyce Beatty.  They also personally spoke with Senator Sherrod Brown.
“I discussed the importance of supporting and maintaining federal funding levels for social science research,” said Trautman. “In my presentation, I discussed the nature of my research in state legislative politics and emphasized the necessity of funding to enhance educational training of students.”
Trautman was in Washington, D.C., to attend a meeting of the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to promoting sustainable federal funding for social and behavioral science research and federal policies which positively impact the conduct of research.  The Midwest Political Science Association invited Trautman to participate in COSSA and provided a small travel grant. 
“We requested federal funding of 32 billion dollars for National Institutes of Health (NIH) for fiscal year 2016, slightly above the presidential budgetary request of approximately 31 billion dollars,” said Trautman. “In addition, we asked for about 7.7 billion dollars for National Science Foundation (NSF) funding for fiscal year 2016.”
In 2013, National Science Foundation funding of political science research was limited to projects that benefited national security or economic interests. 
“It was very important to engage in advocacy work about federal funding of research, especially since last year Political Science Research was defunded for one year,” said Trautman. “In addition, social science research is not as well funded relative to ‘harder’ sciences.”
The meetings on Capitol Hill were held on March 10.