As part of the behind-the-scenes maneuvering on the Senate version of the stimulus package, Senate leadership has blocked Republican Senator Charles Grassley' s efforts to get federally funded science agencies to police what he considers misbehavior at the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.
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The recession seems to be making even Harvard University, with its massive endowment, reconsider its ambitious expansion plans. The new science complex now under construction in Allston—across the river from the Cambridge, Massachusetts, campus—is getting heightened scrutiny given the economic slowdown.
PARIS—French higher education and science minister Valérie Pécresse presented angry academics a small olive branch yesterday, only to have it rejected out of hand. Emboldened by clear signs that their movement is gathering strength, tens of thousands of protesters were expected again on the streets in Paris and many others cities today to demand an immediate halt to reforms in science and higher education.
Advocates for increased energy research are dreaming big these days. The latest proposal, unveiled this week by the Brookings Institution and a gaggle of large universities, calls for a 10-fold increase in federal funding for energy R&D to an annual level of $20 billion to $30 billion a year.
TOKYO—International health organizations have long recognized the devastating impact of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis on developing countries. Now researchers are also sounding an alarm about the burdens of non-communicable diseases, particularly cancer. Japanese researchers hope to highlight the problem and contribute to solutions by bringing together labs and hospitals throughout Asia into a cancer research network.
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Biomedical research trumped other science as U.S. senators labored over the weekend on a $820 billion stimulus package awaiting a vote tomorrow.
Stem cell researchers are getting restive. Many scientists fully expected that President Barack Obama would sign an executive order reversing the Bush Administration's stem cell policy the minute he took his hand off the Bible. For the past 2 weeks, the word has been that an executive order was imminent.
The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has suspended research activities involving biological select agents and toxins. Army officials took the step on Friday after discovering apparent problems with the system of accounting for high-risk microbes and biomaterials at the Fort Detrick, Maryland, facility.