Researchers Resist Pressure to Show Impact of Their Work

Applicants for government support, required to demonstrate the benefits of their research, say the measures are too narrowly defined

U. of Nottingham

Philip Moriarty, a physicist at the U. of Nottingham, has denounced 
the focus on science’s economic and social impact.
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A few years ago, Philip Moriarty, a professor of physics at the University of Nottingham, had had enough.

Mr. Moriarty was a member of a peer-review body for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, one of the agencies in Britain that...

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