Roundup 3/9: The Cleanup Edition

Ahead of an expected general election in May, there are two more calls for improving British science, one from the U.K. Campaign for Science & Engineering and another, written by vacuum cleaner designer extraordinaire James Dyson, from the nation's Conservative Party.

Five graduate students from underrepresented groups or disadvantaged backgrounds have been named Gilliam fellows by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, joining a group of 30 fellows with a passion for science and a commitment to increasing diversity in the sciences.

IEEE-USA has given its distinguished public service award to William Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering, and Shawn Otto, co-founder of Science Debate 2008.