News and Events – NASA’s new 30 year vision, Research!America’s wishlist, and Goodbye to NEWScience Policy blog

Posted: December 30, 2013 in advocacy, Events, Funding, Policy, Science

NEWScience Policy blog has been one of my favorites for years. The writers are now switching from a “Week in Review” blog format to “keeping the community engaged through a more real-time approach.”

“Keep an eye out for regular science and technology policy updates on twitter (@newscipol) and the NEWScience Policy Facebook page.”

Research!America’s “Non-Denominational, Bipartisan, Early Career Scientist Holiday Wish List.” #sciwishlist

“A new year is a good time to make long-term plans, and NASA has jumped into the deep end of planning. On 20 December the US space agency’s astrophysics division released a wish list of future space missions — looking three decades into the future, and even beyond.” Read the first few comments for a slightly different perspective.

“Alan Turing, the British mathematician whose code-breaking is believed to have shortened World War II, was granted a royal pardon today, more than 60 years after being convicted for homosexual behavior and undergoing chemical castration. “Dr Turing deserves to be remembered and recognised for his fantastic contribution to the war effort and his legacy to science,” U.K. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said in a statement issued today. “A pardon from the Queen is a fitting tribute to an exceptional man.””

Europe has shied away from regulating electronic cigarettes (‘e-cigarettes’) as medical devices.

Tobacco-control researchers have been furiously debating the safety and desirability of these products, which have surged in popularity over the past year (see ‘Regulation stacks up for e-cigarettes’).

The European Commission had proposed to regulate e-cigarettes as medical devices, as part of a major revision of tobacco control in the European Union (EU). But after negotiations this week, it seems that the nicotine-inhaling devices will instead fall under the same rules as other tobacco products.

“President Obama today named 102 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.  The winners will receive their awards at a Washington, DC, ceremony in the coming year.” One young investigator from University of Washington was chosen this year, Jeremy J. Clark, my PI!


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