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In Which France Has a Clue
In current events, the President of France has put out a call to American scientists:

Macron is appealing to shunned U.S. scientists with a simple message: Come do your work in France and we will give you grant money and respect you. What France gets out of the deal is a front-row seat for all of the environmental, energy, and other technical innovation that those scientists will now be producing in their new laboratories. Being on the forefront of new technology has been one of the surest ways to ensure your own workforce is highly skilled and earns high wages. You know, that thing that the United States was once famous for.

America deserves the massive hemorrhage of brains it is about to have.

It's like a little slice of Terramagne, a la Republic of the Maldives.  \o/

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From: rhodielady_47 Date: December 13th, 2017 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now that's one smart cookie!

I plan on spreading the word around here now that I know!

From: (Anonymous) Date: December 14th, 2017 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I will be extremely pleased if I am able to help even one scientist find their way to a new lab and lots of grant money.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: December 14th, 2017 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Dear Anon--
I've been hanging around American colleges and universities since I graduated high school and there's one thing that ALL of them have in common:
There are gobs and gobs of talented, well-educated people out there competing desperately for teaching positions/research jobs that pay decent wages and what seems like less and less grant money every year that rolls around.
My own darling hubby has spent months and months working with other professors in his department attempting to apply for grant money only to be told "NO!" for no readily apparent reason and not just once. It's happened repeatedly.
To make matters worse, our state legislature did vote its professors a pay raise this year only for my husband and his professional associates to find out that their university's head hanchos decided to "skim" off part of everyone's pay raise in order to give it to various people that they thought deserved extra!
If France or any other European country is truly serious about wanting to shop for scientists, they need to send representatives over to make the rounds of all the various universities and do a meet-and-greet with the graduate level students.

One thing that concerns me though....the French President spoke as though he was only looking for scientists able to do climate research. I wonder if he realizes that he could be getting good people from EVERY science?

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