News and Events – NIH funds Big Data, Green House gas regulation in WA State, and GMO misconceptions

Posted: July 30, 2013 in Ethics, Events, Funding, Jobs, Policy, Science

“In the wake of drastic sequestration cuts that have flat lined funding for medical research, this report highlights a diverse range of innovative life science companies large and small who trace their core advances to National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.”

“The National Institutes of Health will fund up to $24 million per year for four years to establish six to eight investigator-initiated Big Data to Knowledge Centers of Excellence. The centers will improve the ability of the research community to use increasingly large and complex datasets through the development and distribution of innovative approaches, methods, software, and tools for data sharing, integration, analysis and management. The centers will also provide training for students and researchers to use and develop data science methods.”

“Washington State Court of Appeals says Puget Sound Regional Council does not have to plan for mandated greenhouse gas reductions.”

A great Slate article regarding GMO misconceptions.

“I’m a crazy hippie. I go to Burning Man every year. I teach yoga. I live in a co-op. For the past two years, I’ve been delivering organic vegetables for a local delivery service. I’ve been eating vegetarian for years, and vegan for the past four months.

I’m also fascinated by genetics. I read every book that comes my way on evolutionary theory, population genetics, and mapping the genome. I took several classes on the subject at the University of Pennsylvania. All told, I have a pretty solid understanding of how genes work.

And ultimately, I’m just not that scared of GMOs.”

Volker Steger‘s experiment with art and Nobel Prize winning scientists. “He handed the scientists large pieces of white paper and some crayons and asked them, on the spot, to draw their award-winning discoveries. Once they finished, he photographed them with their sketches in poses of their choosing.”

A now tenured Harvard faculty explains her journey to this point and how she decided to look at the time until tenure was decided as a 7 year postdoc. “Seven things I did during my first seven years at Harvard. Or, how I loved being a tenure-track faculty member, by deliberately trying not to be one.”

“Doctors typically give patients prescriptions for medications. But a new program in New York City has doctors prescribing fruits and vegetables to obese or overweight patients.”

“The pharmaceutical industry has signalled its willingness to open up the vast reservoirs of research data held by its companies this week. But campaigners and researchers pushing for more access to clinical trial data say the moves are little and late.”

“This letter provides an analysis of how a cancellation of the automatic spending reductions specified by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-25) would affect the U.S. economy. Pursuant to that act, federal spending in 2013 has been subject to across-the-board cuts, also referred to as sequestration.” Basically ending sequestration would create many new jobs in the near term but would increase the national debt in the long term.

Science article explaining how budget cuts and reorganization are affecting the NIH’s teaching units for K-12 schools. Behind paywall.

Larger clinical study demonstrating rapid and long lasting (83 days) antidepressant effects of ketamine in treatment resistant major depression. Behind paywall.


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