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  • U Penn Museum Criticized for Staff Cuts (Updated)

    Archaeologists around the world are condemning the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology for laying off 18 researchers, in particular one of the world's leading archaeobotanists, Naomi Miller, who has been in the field for 30 years. News of the planned layoffs, announced late last month, has ricocheted through the global archaeology community, with help from several academics who have notified more than 1000 of their colleagues.

  • A Nobel Prize for Overblown Controversy? (Update)

    Last week, the annual Nobel Prize award ceremony took place in Stockholm, but not everyone was celebrating. A brouhaha erupted when a Swedish government anticorruption official told the media he had concerns about a pharmaceutical company's ties to the Nobel Prize awarded this year to Germany's Harald zur Hausen for his discovery of the link between human papilloma virus (HPV) and cervical cancer.

  • Austrian Scientists Face a Massive Budget Cut--or Do They?

    Austrian scientists are in a cold sweat after learning that they could face a 90% budget cut. That bomb was buried within a draft budget document released 2 weeks ago, just days after a major electoral win by the country's conservative Austrian People's Party. Austrian scientists had been promised a 5-year budget of €2.35 billion—that is, back in the warm and lazy summer days when the liberal party was in power and global financial markets were riding high.

  • Obama's Green Team ...

    … gets full and mostly positive coverage today in the Washington Post's take on Energy nominee Steve Chu and their look at Carol Browner, Lisa Jackson, and Nancy Sutley, his respective picks for Climate Czar, Environmental Protection Agency Director, and Head of the Whi

  • Biologist Fights Harassment Training

    A 64-year-old biologist who's been teaching in the University of California system for 30 years is refusing to undergo sexual harassment training and has been made something of a cause célèbre.

    Alexander McPherson, a protein crystallographer at the University of California, Irvine, for the past 11 years, decided to dig his heels in last month and refused to attend a 2-hour indoctrination session mandated by state law.

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