"Protecting the Nation’s Health: Doubling the NIH, NSF and CDC Budgets by Cutting
Nuclear Weapons Spending"
Virtual Conference, Saturday September 9, 2023,, 3:00 - 6:00 pm.
First Panel ; The Congressional Discretionary Budget Chair: Rep. Carol Doherty (Massachusetts Legislature)
The Civilian Components of the Discretionary Budget- Deborah Weinstein (Coalition for Human Needs);
The Military Components of the Discretionary Budget – William Hartung (Quincy Institute);
Acute Social Costs of the War Economy – Shailly Gupta Barnes (Kairos Center and Poor People’s Campaign);
Congressional Allies for a Shift in Priorities: – Larry Cohen (Our Revolution).
Second Panel: Towards the Federal Budget the Nation Needs -Chair: Prof. Jonathan King (Dept of Biology, MIT and Mass Peace Action)
Doubling the NIH Budget – Prof. Eric Sundberg (Chair of Biochemistry, Emory University School of Medicine);
Doubling the NSF Instrumentation Budget- Prof. Catherine Hoyer (Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute);
Example: Cryo-Electron microscopy – Prof. Ed Egelman (University of Virginia);
Example: The Protein Data Bank (Prof. Helen Berman, Director Emeritus);
Example: CDC and Vaccine Access Prof. Brook Baker (Northeastern Univ. Law School)
Third Panel: Dangers of Nuclear Weapons Modernization Chair Prof. Robert Redwine,(Dept of Physics, MIT).
- Dangers of First Use – Prof. Elaine Scarry (Harvard University);
- Destabilization Driven by Nuclear Upgrades- Richard Krushnic (Massachusetts Peace Action);
-- The Provocation of New ICBMs - David Borris (Chicago Area Peace Action);
U.S. House Back from the Brink Resolution - U.S. Representative Jim McGovern.