The Ethical Challenges of the Academic Pork Barrel

Wednesday, April 4th, 2001
James Savage
4:00 pm

Auditorium, College of Law

504 East Pennsylvania Champaign

Event Description

Universities and colleges have now benefited from $6.5 billion in earmarked or pork barreled federal research funds.  When universities, and particularly their presidents, decide to bypass peer review and pursue earmarked dollars, what ethical choices do they make, and with what consequences for academic science?  This lecture examines the practice of academic earmarking, its rapid growth in the last decade, and the ethical challenges it raises for the academic community.

James Savage

Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia and Author,Funding Science in America: Congress, Universities, and the Politics of the Academic Pork Barrel