Articles, news and events! Sequestration, and new appointees announced for EPA lead and US Energy Secretary

Posted: March 10, 2013 in Events, Funding, Policy, Science

“I’m eager to tell you about another important biomedical workforce-related initiative that NIH is launching based on the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) working grouprecommendations. This initiative seeks to expand existing research training and allow research institutions to best prepare their trainees for a variety of research-related career outcomes.”

“The Optical Society and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) were joined by 31 scientific associations and organizations in sending a letter to all Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives urging the continued prioritization of federal funding for science and technology”

“Senate Democrats are hoping to make it easier for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a handful of other federal science agencies to manage the impact of sequestration. And that’s good news for researchers who depend on NSF funding.” This is very exciting news and I’m anxious to see the Senate Democrat’s bill on Monday that modifies the House Republican’s continuing resolution bill passed last week. But I wonder, where is the help for the National Institutes of Health?

“US President Barack Obama moved to fill a pair of key posts in his energy and environmental team on Monday. Confirming weeks of speculation, the president nominated Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) physicist Ernest Moniz as secretary of energy while promoting Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).”

“Antarctica’s vast Lake Vostok contains life—including at least one form of life not found elsewhere on Earth, Russian scientists announced today. Preliminary analyses of water samples collected from the lake earlier this year revealed a species of bacteria not belonging to any known subkingdoms.”

“Seven scientists, engineers and government officials who were found guilty of manslaughter after the 2009 earthquake in the city of L’Aquila, Italy, all filed their appeals against the verdict in time for a 6 March deadline.”

Biosolids, compost “whose central component is highly treated human waste.”

Slate flow chart of sorts with instructions for debating with climate change doubters and deniers. “If you’re exhausted by climate change shouting matches or so flummoxed by confronting scientific ignorance that you suffer in silence, this chart might be for you.”


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