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Is This NIH's Year?

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There's never enough money, it seems. Virtually every spring and summer, as Congress begins to allocate federal funds for the next fiscal year, lawmakers face some of their most vexing dilemmas in the bill that appropriates funds for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, which provides the bulk of federal domestic spending.

NIH's Billion-Dollar Boost Gains Ground

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There are many miles (and, more literally, possibly several months) to go before the federal budgeting process for the 2009 fiscal year is complete, and therefore much could change. But based on the initial signs, the latest of which came Tuesday when a Senate appropriations subcommittee drafted a spending bill for education, health and labor programs, the National Institutes of Health appears to be in line for the sort of hefty increase that biomedical research advocates have been begging for. Most student aid programs, however, would receive no new funds.

Another Whack at Biomedical Research Conflicts

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With legislation that would mandate new rules for NIH-funded research, Senate appropriations panel joins Grassley push for more scrutiny of academic scientists.

Science Knows No Borders. But Funders Do.

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House panel tackles obstacles to scholarly collaboration in light of important role research can play in international relations -- and AAAS announces new center devoted to science diplomacy.

'Unprecedented' 2-Year Decline for U.S. Science Funds

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The numbers will not surprise anyone who has closely tracked federal budget discussions about science and technology in recent years. But that won't make the data released Friday by the National Science Foundation any more palatable for those concerned about the American research enterprise.

'Physics for Future Presidents'

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Looking for a gift for Barack Obama or John McCain? Richard A. Muller's new book might help them (and the rest of us if they read it). Muller, a physics professor at the University of California at Berkeley, has written Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines (Norton). Muller also teaches a course with the same name.

Palin on Higher Ed, Earmarks and Science

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McCain's VP pick has generally been supportive of Alaska's universities -- though her record is thin. Her entry into the race also could renew debate on the "politicization" of science.

Corporations, Contracts and Black Colleges

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Government contractors and educators discuss how to integrate minority-serving institutions into the supply chain.

Challenging Conventional Wisdom on STEM Supply

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President’s advisory panel on science and technology hears suggestion that there is no shortage, just an expected cycle.

More Scrutiny on Conflicts of Interest

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Senator releases documents suggesting that Emory professor failed to report more than $1.2 million in payments from drug companies -- violating U.S. and university rules.

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