Articles and Events!

Posted: October 21, 2012 in Events, Policy, Science Communication, Science Outreach

“I explain here why all scientists should feel obligated to do their part to support the community by advocating for the benefits of government investments in scientific research and training.”

Shawn Lawrence Otto comments on the antiscience beliefs held by both sides of the political spectrum.

Scientific American grades the presidential candidates answers to the ScienceDebate questions. “Overall, we found that Romney was more specific about what he would like to do in the next four years than Obama. His responses also fared better on feasibility. Obama had the upper hand on scientific accuracy.”

University of Washington’s Sustainability Summit is this coming week!

The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books shortlist. Winner will be announced on November 26th.

ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers.

“The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) is considering reversing a highly unpopular policy that allows its grant applicants only one additional try at winning funding if their application is at first rejected.”

“Arlen Specter, a former US Senator from Pennsylvania and one of Washington’s biggest boosters of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), died on 14 October at age 82.”

“Scientists view climate change as one of the world’s most pressing long-term problems. But the issue has barely surfaced in the U.S. presidential race. President Obama has taken steps to address climate change during his time in office. Republican challenger Mitt Romney would not make it a priority in his administration.”

“Joe Walsh on abortion: No exception for ‘Life of the mother’ thanks to advances in science and technology'”

“The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officially opened its newest outpost today, a gleaming, $76.5 million research and operations center on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. The new Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Maryland, will house more than 800 NOAA scientists, forecasters, and data wranglers in a state-of-the-art building designed to foster collaboration.”

Mary Woolley, CEO of Research!America makes a case for increased science funding.

“Responding to a significant drop in support for the use of animals in research in the UK, the country’s leading research universities, medical charities and drugs companies on today launched a new transparency initiative aimed at winning over members of the public to the need for animal research.”

“America’s science system relies heavily on foreign talent – but do immigrants stay in the United States after gaining their doctorates? According to a report published yesterday by the US National Science Foundation, the answer is: about two-thirds of them do, although stay-rates vary by country.”

“You’ve probably already heard the news this week about a clean energy company that received a government grant filing for bankruptcy. What you may not have heard quite so clearly is that clean tech is working, for the United States and our transformation to a better, stronger, cleaner energy future.”

“he Huffington Post published an article late this afternoon revealing details of a censored Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) report showing the risk of a flooding accident at U.S. nuclear power plants appears to be greater than previously thought.”

“Traumatic memories can be manipulated in sleeping mice to reduce their fearful responses during waking hours.  The finding, announced by  Stanford University researchers at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, suggests that sleep-based therapies could provide new options for treating conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”

Pakistan’s war with polio faces increased challenges due to the Taliban.

“Treatment for Alzheimer’s probably needs to begin years or even decades before symptoms of the disease start to appear, scientists reported at this week’s Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans.”

“Doctors from two poison control centers and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention have analyzed more than a thousand incidents involving people exposed to the pods and other kinds of laundry detergent.”

“In ruling on a workplace compensation case, Italy’s highest civil court has stated that mobile phones can cause brain tumors. The ruling is being criticized by medical experts in Italy and abroad, who note that no scientific study has yet proven a clear causal link between the use of mobile phones and health risks.”





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