Prof. Martin Chalfie recently won the Nobel Prize in chemistry along with Profs. Osamu Shimomura and Roger Tsien for their work on fluorescent proteins. Only a few days later, Chalfie posted this video on Youtube:
Chalfie, Shimomura and Tsien join 63 other American Nobel Laureate scientists in an open letter that expresses their support for an Obama presidency. From the letter:
We have watched Senator Obama’s approach to these issues with admiration. We especially applaud his emphasis during the campaign on the power of science and technology to enhance our nation’s competitiveness. In particular, we support the measures he plans to take – through new initiatives in education and training, expanded research funding, an unbiased process for obtaining scientific advice, and an appropriate balance of basic and applied research – to meet the nation’s and the world’s most urgent needs.
For more information about the cadidates’ specific positions, check out ScienceDebate2008.