Kei Koizumi: on the inexact science of the science budget

On May the Fourth, the Science Soapbox team sat down with appropriations expert Kei Koizumi to demystify the federal budget process. Kei served as the former assistant director for federal research and development at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) during the Obama administration. He is now a Visiting Scholar at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In this episode, we wind our way through the appropriations process, the importance of science for America’s health and wealth, and the prospects of R&D in a galaxy far, far away.

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during the show:

  • In April, President Obama’s Science Advisor John Holdren wrote this op-ed for STAT about why it’s high time the President appoint his own Science Advisor
  • Other science leaders who are urging the President to appoint a Science Advisor include AAAS CEO Rush Holt and the 29 authors of this open letter
  • A few days before we recorded, Congress settled on a budget for Fiscal Year 2017. Check out this nifty recap in Science too see how science fared.
  • Learn how you can be a force for science like Kei by visiting
  • Kei is one of three Visiting Scholars at the AAAS. Find out what they’re up to here.

This episode was recorded on May 4, 2017 in the Rockefeller University Library. Special thanks to Visager for music.

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