Posted: September 16, 2012 in Events, Jobs, Policy, Science

White House releases report detailing specific impacts of the budget sequestration. NIH slated to lose $2.5 billion.

“To further enhance ASPET member advocacy, ASPET is encouraging its membership visiting Washington, DC/Bethesda for NIH or other business to make Capitol Hill visits to your Congressional delegation. To help facilitate this, ASPET will assume the costs of an extra night hotel stay following the conclusion of your official business.”

Letter from FASEB president to House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers and Ranking Member Norm Dicks regarding the spending bill recently passed by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. “Simply put, the House bill underfunds and over-regulated NIH.”

“The 33-page report, released today by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), concludes that neither candidate is crystal clear about how he would deal with a host of R&D issues, ranging from federal support for science to regulating the Internet.”

Union of Concerned Scientists response to controversial meta-study by Stanford researchers concluding eating organic is not necessarily healthier.

Scientific American’s assessment of ScienceDebate’s #8 question answered by Obama and Romney (I recommend reading all previous assessments also).

From AAAS’s Science and Diplomacy publication, “Grand Challenges, Science Diplomacy, and the 2012 Election.”

Article written by Russ Carnahan, member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and former member of House committee on Science, discussing his efforts at science diplomacy within congress.

“The illustration is part of a media firestorm now engulfing a 4-year-old study in which Chinese schoolchildren were given golden rice, a genetically modified form of rice designed to boost vitamin A levels. The results of that study, published online early in August, drew little attention until the activist group Greenpeace China on 29 August claimed the trial shouldn’t have gone forward and called it a “scandal of international proportions.”

“As the clock runs out at the end of this month on the US government’s 2012 fiscal year and with no sign of agreement in Congress on a budget for 2013, the House of Representatives passed a bill on 13 September that would maintain funding — including for key science agencies and departments — until 27 March, 2013.

If the measure passes the Senate, as expected, and is signed into law by President Barack Obama, it will effectively put off a showdown over the 2013 budget process until after the upcoming federal election on 6 November.”

Huffington Post article by scientist Michael White regarding the media’s coverage of ENCODE.

China’s Yangtze River has turned an shocking red tint!

Viaduct tunnel construction has the potential to send large numbers or rats and insects into the buildings of downtown Seattle.

“Initiative 502 got an unexpected vote of confidence from the Children’s Alliance, a Seattle-based advocacy group with more than 100 social-service agencies as members.”

“Oil-company ice trackers had been carefully monitoring ocean ice and, when the wind direction changed and the ice floe began moving closer, they advised that the rig shut down and disconnect from the well, a Shell spokeswoman said.”

“The GOP has taken Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee to task for promoting the green energy industry as a way to bolster the state’s economy, claiming many such companies are failing or teetering. But some of the companies the GOP cites are surviving in a difficult economy.”

“A group of University of Washington scientists spent part of the summer wiring the ocean floor to monitor ocean events in real time, a project expected to be completed in 2014.”

“Christopher Marshall the first total-artificial-heart patient in the Northwest who was able to leave the hospital while waiting for a donor heart, received that new heart Wednesday in a seven-hour surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center.””

“A new study published in Pediatrics finds that overweight teenagers eat fewer calories than their healthy weight peers.”


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