Foster sees ways that U.S. science policy could be improved. He says politicians need to understand that large-scale science experiments cannot be stopped and started without disrupting the research as well as the lives and careers of hundreds of researchers, which he says can strangle a scientific field when it happens repeatedly.
Calamitous budget cuts make it all too obvious why scientists should take a more active role in the political process, Foster says. "They are shooting themselves in the foot," by not getting involved, he says. He urges researchers to brush up on congressional policy and keep their representatives informed about their work. "You do get listened to," he says. Or in some cases, elected.