News and Events – Killing bees, U.S. House slashes NIH FY2014, and Sequestration resources

Posted: May 29, 2013 in Ethics, Events, Funding, Jobs, Policy, Science, Uncategorized

“The Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Subcommittee that funds NIH received a sum of $121.8 billion. The $121.8 billion spending cap for the Labor/HHS Subcommittee is a $28 billion reduction from the FY 2013 sequestration level. A reduction this large (18.6%) if implemented would mean significant cuts for NIH and other programs under the Labor/HHS Subcommittee’s jurisdiction. If one assumes an 18.6% cut for all programs this would mean a cut of nearly $5.4 billion for NIH in FY 2014. By way of comparison, for FY 2010, the Labor/HHS Subcommittee enacted a bill that had $42 billion more than the House Labor/HHS Subcommittee proposed for FY 2014.” Also

“The European Commission has confirmed that it will heavily restrict the use of three pesticides linked to problems with bee health — just as another chemical has come under scrutiny following scientific assessment.”

“The heads of some 70 research funding agencies from around the world said today that they had agreed to encourage open access to science publications resulting from their spending.”

“Below are resources with more details about sequestration’s impact to science and the economy.” Good fact sheet links etc (use the provided material and write your elected officials and/or your local newspaper regarding science funding).

“NIH Career Symposium educates young scientists on range of career opportunities and burgeoning responsibilities of scientists.”

“One day after a prominent paper in the journal Cell was flagged for image duplication, the main author and the journal say that the problems arose from simple mislabeling of images and do not invalidate the results. They also defended the unusually rapid review of the paper, which was accepted only 4 days after official submission and published online 12 days later.”

“A bid by two Swiss billionaires to turn a mothballed pharma campus into the hub for a huge new biotechnology initiative has taken a major step forward today.”

  1. […] grateful to my fellow blogger Abigail Schindler at Science Politics for drawing attention to the concern about fipronil. Here’s what Damian Carrington at the Guardian says about the start of fipronil […]

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