News and Articles plus a lot of Sequestration

Posted: February 25, 2013 in Events, Funding, Policy, Science

The White House issues “Impact of March 1st Cuts on Middle Class Families, Jobs and Economic Security: Washington.”

“The Obama administration is planning a decade-long scientific effort to examine the workings of the human brain and build a comprehensive map of its activity, seeking to do for the brain what the Human Genome Project did for genetics.” This new initiative has many people very excited but also has many people very wary, see here.

“In short, job prospects for young science Ph.D.’s haven’t been looking so hot these last few years, not only in the life sciences, which have been weak for some time, but also in fields like engineering. ”

“Are we training too many science Ph.D.s or too few? What are the career prospects like for current graduate students and postdocs? AAAS member and professor of economics Paula Stephan, Ph.D.will speak about these issues during the upcoming AAAS 2013 annual meeting in Boston.”

“Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released a new report today laying out the bare facts on how deeply labor, education and health programs have been cut, and refuting Republican claims that increased spending in these areas is responsible for the deficit. The report details a decade-long erosion of federal support for these programs, as well as how badly the departments will continue to suffer as a result of recent budget cuts and the indiscriminate, across-the-board cuts—known as sequestration—that will occur on March 1 if Congress fails to act.”

“In a long-awaited leap forward for open access, the US government said today that publications from taxpayer-funded research should be made free to read after a year’s delay — expanding a policy that has, until now, applied only to biomedical science.”

“US government officials have passed two more checkpoints on the long, winding road towards a policy for dealing with risky research.”

Interview with former NIH director regarding the impending sequestration.

“Scientists already feeling the bite of US budget sequester.”

“Misinformation forms an inevitable part of public debate, but scientists should always focus on informing the decision-makers, advises Lynn Dicks.”

“To make misconduct more difficult, the scientific community should ensure that it is impossible to lie by omission, argues Daniele Fanelli.”

“A team of entrepreneurs has awarded its first round of US$3-million ‘Breakthrough’ prizes in biology and medicine. The winners were already celebrities in scientific circles, but one goal of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences is to make them household names.”


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