News and Events: Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, Coal Trains in the PNW, and “Vagina” as a Punishable Word in Biology Class!

Posted: April 3, 2013 in Ethics, Events, Funding, Jobs, Policy, Science, Uncategorized

“US President Barack Obama today officially launched an ambitious multi-year project to probe the human brain in action. In a preview of his 2014 budget request, expected next week, he said he would ask Congress for about $100 million to get the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative off the ground.”

“Gov. Jay Inslee sent a stern letter today, co-signed by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, to Nancy Sutley, Chair of President Obama’s Council on Environmental Quality, questioning the wisdom of the coal export proposals (including the Cherry Point Pacific Gateway Terminal proposal)—that would export about 100 million tons of coal per year to Asia, noting that while U.S. reliance of coal has declined, coal consumption in Asia has “more than doubled” in the last 10 years.”

“A majority of people in the United States believe the planet is warming — and they want coastal communities to start preparing for the rising seas and stronger storm surges that will result, according to a national poll.”

“Young biomedical researchers are increasingly heading away from basic researh labs because of reduced funding, experts say. The NIH started a pilot effort to broaden their outside career awareness.”

“In a formal complaint made against the 18-year Dietrich School veteran by at least four parents, McDaniel is chided for using the word “vagina” during a tenth-grade biology class on the human reproductive system.”

Rally for Medical Research is next Monday, April 8th.

“On 11 March, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) issued a press release proudly announcing that a research team there had deciphered much of the genetic sequence of one of the most widely used cell lines in cancer studies and had made the information available publicly. But EMBL has now withdrawn that data and apologized for a perceived ethical lapse as it seeks to allay concerns that it violated the privacy of the woman who was the original source of the cells or that of her descendants.”

“In September 2013 the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which regulates America’s fisheries, will be up for reauthorization for the first time since it was previously amended in 2006.”

“The American Association for the Advancement of Science has appointed former U.S. Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt as editor-in-chief of the its flagship journal, Science.”

“It’s a tradition for some Republicans in Congress to take aim at research grants that they think are irrelevant and not worthy of taxpayer funding. Now, the chair of the House of Representatives spending panel that funds the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is claiming that some federally funded biomedical research violates government restrictions on lobbying state lawmakers or Congress.”


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