Roundup 12/14: Green Eyeshade Edition

As they struggle with declining revenues and a shift to digital technology, newspapers are shedding bureaus and talented staff. Today The New York Times confirmed that a respected science and environment reporter, Andrew Revkin, will be leaving after taking a buyout, according to Cristine Russell of Columbia Journalism Review. Revkin, who plans to launch a project at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies in New York state, will continue to edit his popular blog Dot Earth.

Money troubles continue to roil California's universities. Two unions representing more than 15,000 research employees at the University of California will picket tomorrow to protest pay cuts handed down by UC administrators despite rising income from federal research grants. Meanwhile, UC San Francisco (UCSF) has agreed to a second independent audit due to a letter from Senator Charles Grassley (R–IA). UCSF has been in a dispute with ousted medical school dean, David Kessler, over alleged financial irregularities.  

Maryland has the highest U.S. concentration of STEM workers (science, technology, engingeering, and mathematics)—4.7% of the population—according to a new state-by-state analysis released today by the Commission of Professionals on Science and Technology in Washington, D.C. Mississippi has the lowest, with 1.3%.

As he promised earlier this month, NIH Director Francis Collins has quickly agreed to the addition of 27 more human embryonic stem cell lines to the NIH registry, bringing to 40 the total available to federally-funded researchers.