News and Events – Feds punt on coal train environmental review, Heroin use up in WA State, and UW 7th at Nature

Posted: June 25, 2013 in Ethics, Events, Funding, Jobs, Science Communication

“As environmental advocates, including Mayor Mike McGinn, head to D.C. to ask for environmental review of coal trains, the Army Corps of Engineers indicates they won’t look at regional or international impacts.”

Heroin use/availability is up in Washington State.

“The University of Washington has been ranked seventh in the world for the number of journal articles published in 2012 in Nature or one of Nature’s main monthly research journals, some of the most widely cited journals in science.”

Report on FASEB finding regarding their Administrative Burden Survey. Not too surprizing that the top two “burdens” were 1) Grant Preparation, Submission, Management, and Funding and 2) Animal Care Regulations and Oversight. “On March 25, 2013, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released a Request for Information (RFI)1 on behalf of the National Science Board’s (NSB) Task Force on Administrative Burdens to seek (1) comment from principal investigators (PIs) with federal research funding on federal agency and institutional requirements that contribute most frequently to their administrative burdens and (2) suggestions for how these burdens could be reduced or eliminated.”

“Republicans in the US House of Representatives want NASA out of the climate-change business.”

“A US government advisory panel today recommended  that individuals born between 1945 and 1965 be screened for the hepatitis C virus. The announcement, which strengthens the panel’s earlier advice, increases the likelihood that health-care payers, including Medicaid, will cover screening costs for baby boomers, and that physicians will follow the guidance.”

“deCODE Genetics, the company known for mining the DNA of Iceland’s population to find links between genes and diseases, has hit a snag. As Science reports in this week’s print issue, a national agency that oversees data privacy in Iceland has rejected a request from deCODE to allow it to apply computational methods to the country’s genealogical records to estimate the genotypes of 280,000 Icelanders who have never agreed to take part in the company’s research and link the data to hospital records.”

“And a new study published in Current Biology finds there may be a way to boost some of the beneficial compounds in plants by simulating the light-dark cycle after crops are harvested.”


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