Professor David Scholnick Discusses His Shrimp on a Treadmill Research in a Political Commentary

Pacific University biology professor David Scholnick recently wrote a humorous political commentary about the politicization of scientific research and the inaccurate media reports of millions of taxpayer dollars spent on shrimp treadmill research. In that research, which he did conduct, he investigated how changes in marine environment could impact the ability of crustaceans to fight bacteria.

Scholnick notes that, "the treadmill, which has become the icon for wasteful government science spending, was actually built from spare parts, costing less than $50." Scholnick also says the treadmill is now up for sale for a million dollars, with proceeding going to help stem the tide of wasteful government sponsored shrimp-treadmill research. 

How a $47 Shrimp Treadmill Became a $3 Million Dollar Political Plaything, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 11/13/2014

Additional News Coverage

Iconic Shrimp Treadmill now for Sale, Science Magazine, 11/14/2014

Remember the Shrimp Treadmill? It can be yours for a Fraction of the Cost!, Washington Post, 11/14/2014

Shrimp on a Treadmill? Oregon professor defends his research, excoriates Republican critics in Congress, The Oregonian, 11/16/2014




Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014