Science policy

House Panel Backs NIH Extension

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Committee passes bill that would aim for 5% increases for biomedical research, but rebuffs effort to raise that ceiling.

Uncertain Outlook for Science Funds

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Congressional support strong for Bush's competitiveness effort, but calendar and electoral politics make passage iffy.

Research Review Boards Faulted

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AAUP says that IRB's are straying into areas where they are not needed, hindering professors' work.

Scientific Remedies

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Experts agree that the U.S. is heading toward a potential crisis in research competitiveness -- and offer some solutions.

The Need for Another Sputnik

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The U.S. public doesn't yet share academic leaders' belief in the importance of math and science education, poll suggests.

Progress Over the Long Term

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Report finds significant strides in science education and employment by women, but less progress by members of minority groups.

A Vote for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

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U.S. House passes bill to overturn ban on federal funding for promising, controversial studies -- but veto expected.

A Focus on the Physical Sciences

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President continues to push for increased spending for NSF and Energy Dept. research, shortchanging NIH, science advocates complain.

Stem Cell Silence

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The University of Minnesota resists playing in a cultural tug of war -- yet is squarely stuck in the middle.

Lawmakers Query Bush Budget for Science Education

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House hearing on president's 2008 plan renews concerns about shift of funds from National Science Foundation to Education Department.

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