Because I have a life also….

Posted: June 17, 2012 in Events, Policy, Science

I will never have the time to write extended posts about each article or event I find interesting. I’ve decided that each week I will give a few sentence description all of these articles and post the links, so then if you find any interesting you can at least read the primary source yourself.

Research!America has released a report on the consequences of the potential sequestration this fall. “If enacted, the effect of sequestration—or across-the-board cuts in funding—will have a devastating impact on research to improve health.”

147 brains were lost when freezers failed at Harvard’s Brain Bank at Mclean Hospital. A third of the brains were donated from autistic people, a huge blow to biomedical reasearch involving this potentially devastating disease.

The National Academies, as requested by congress, has released a report titled, Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Out Nation’s Prosperity and Security. Congress asked what “the top ten actions that Congress, the federal government, state governments, research universities, and others could take to assure the ability of the American research university to maintain the excellence in research and doctoral education needed to help the United States compete, prosper, and achieve national goals for health, energy, the environment, and security in the global community of the 21st century.”

An editorial in Nature dealing with the request and subsequent huge lawsuit between BP and  Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. “The energy firm BP demanded that Woods Hole produce e-mails and other documents related to its research on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Woods Hole fought the sweeping request, but a US district court has now forced researchers at the institute to surrender thousands of e-mails. That decision has disturbing implications for science in the United States….” utm_source=ECE001&utm_campaign=&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&bid=6IODJ3F:GRDJDN6

A Neuroview published in Neuron discussing personalized medicine for mental disorders.

A bill introduced in the US House of Representatives and refered to the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. “To provide for the establishment of a body to identify and coordinate international science and technology cooperation that can strengthen the domestic science and technology enterprise and support United States foreign policy goals….This Act may be cited as the ‘International Science and Technology Cooperation Act of 2012’.

“A working group of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director was tasked with developing a model for a sustainable and diverse U.S. biomedical research workforce that can inform decisions about training the optimal number of people for the appropriate types of positions that will advance science and promote health.” Top suggestions were for supplemental support and funding for alternative career tracks like science policy or industry research, decrease the time to PhD and cap NIH funding for a PhD at 6 years, increase the starting postdoc stipend, and provide additional funding options for staff scientists.



  1. Thanks for these links! I looked them up!

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