Westneat: UW chemist’s coal project gets crowdfunded — in record time

MicroryzaSEATTLE — Dan Jaffe says he didn’t set out intending to go all rogue with his science.

“What happened is I was getting discouraged,” he says. “I was starting to wonder whether anyone would even be allowed to ask these basic questions. So I went outside the system.”

Jaffe is no anarchist, but an atmospheric chemist at the University of Washington.

For 20-plus years he’s followed the conventional path for doing science in this country, which is to apply for grants from the government or corporate-backed groups.

He’s been good at it, too, winning $7.2 million in two decades that his lab has used to publish more than 100 scientific papers on air pollution.

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