Sequestration awareness is running high at ASCB, where members of the scientific research community are heading to the Life Technologies booth (#415) to send their sequestration letter to petition their representatives in Washington DC to help stop the potential $2.5 billion cut to NIH funding.
Researchers at times are willing to wait in line for their chance to sign the letter that is electronically sent via email to Congress. The process takes just 30 seconds, and those who participate walk away with a sense that they’ve done something positive to protect vital research in the U.S.
They also walk away with their Protect Research Funding button, and a furry Gibco Teddy Bear, which are given away during special promotions at random times throughout the day. Sequestration awareness among those who visit the booth range from those who are very informed to others who are somewhat familiar with the issue. But all have been willing to participate in the petition to help save NIH funding.
Day one of ASCB saw a steady stream of customers visiting the Life Technologies booth to learn about the latest digital microscopes the company offers as part of its recent acquisition of AMG as well as other instruments on display. Those who visited at least three stations received the opportunity to have their image drawn by a caricature artist on site.
Stop by the Life Technologies booth (#415) today and tomorrow to sign the sequestration letter and help save vital funding for NIH! And don’t forget to ask for the Gibco Teddy Bear, too!
Read more about the imminent threat of sequestration on your research.