Well, it's a new year all right, but how happy it turns out to be--for education and America--depends a lot on how well you do your job and how successful you are in helping lawmakers and others understand what's at stake.

Our field faces an array of challenges as we enter 2006--some are regrettably familiar, such as funding cuts by Congress for key programs, and some are unprecedented, such as a decline in foreign students entering engineering and computer science programs in our major universities. The funding crunch this year is exacerbated by the war


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