News, Articles, and Events!!!!!

Posted: January 5, 2013 in Events, Policy, Science

Nature Column: World View by Daniel Sarewitz, co-director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University, argues that US scientists need to stop being so pro-democratic for the sake of the future of the scientific enterprise. The comments section of this post is also a very interesting read!

“Having failed throughout 2012 to complete a much-needed overhaul of federal farm programs, Congress wrapped a one-year extension of selected 2008 Farm Bill provisions into its 11th hour ‘fiscal cliff’ deal late last night. This move short-changed American farmers and consumers, according to Justin Tatham, senior Washington representative for UCS’s Food & Environment Program.”

From Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research, blog, “The numbers for fiscal year (FY) 2012 are in. Here are some facts about applications and awards in FY2012, compared to FY2011:”

America Institute of Physics FYI blog, “Of Note: Selected Quotations from FYI in 2012.”

Research!America CEO Mary Woolley urges scientists to go “viral” with our efforts to alert the public as to the devastating effects of cuts to research funding during the time remaining until the next fiscal cliff two months from now.

When the US is slated to cut research funding by 8%, India has “adopted a new science, technology, and innovation policy that calls for doubling the investment in science in the next 5 years and establishing India among the top five nations in output of scientific publications by the end of the decade.”

From the Union of Concerned Scientists, “Globally, we’re set to have another very hot year, likely in the top 10 according to the World Meteorological Organization.”

“Gulf of Mexico science and restoration will get another chunk of cash from a second settlement of federal charges related to the 2010Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Transocean Deepwater Inc., the company that operated the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig for oil giant BP, has agreed to pay $1.4 billion in civil and criminal fines and penalties for the spill, the U.S. Department of Justice announced today.”

“The fight against an ancient disease has gained its first genuinely new weapon in 50 years. Using a new fast-track approval process, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a drug to tackle multiple-drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis (TB).”

“After a massive oil rig ran aground near Kodiak, Alaska, Shell Oil again faces questions about its ambitious and expensive plans to drill for oil offshore in the Arctic. The rig doesn’t hold any crude oil but carries more than 150,000 gallons of diesel and lube and hydraulic fluids. Drilling opponents claim the incident shows that fierce weather and daunting logistics make the Arctic unsafe for oil production.”

Longform (a recommended of new and classic nonfiction from around the web) lists the best science stories of 2012.

Dr. Victor J Dzau, President and CEO, Duke University Health System, argues for continued and increased funding of scientific research.

“Sustained activity of the brain-specific enzyme PKM-ζ is thought to underlie the maintenance of long-term memories. Studies in PKM-ζ-deficient mice, however, cast the importance of this protein into question.” Sorry this requires a subscription to Nature. 



  1. K. says:

    Thanks for posting the link to the article. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  2. Thanks for your feedback K! Also, I’m always open to suggestions for additional articles, news stories etc, for my weekly round up. Just let me know, and I’ll add them to the week’s list!

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