Science policy

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.

For 'Biosimilars,' Weighing Innovation vs. Access

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Last summer, the group representing major research universities endorsed legislation that sought to balance the interests of drug makers and the scientists whose work can translate into new advances in medicine. At least one group, however, is sounding the alarm that the bill would make it more difficult to bring cheap, generic drugs to the market -- at the expense of both American consumers and people in developing countries.

Defending the Fruit Flies from Sarah Palin

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The Republican campaign has moved beyond mocking research on bear DNA to attacking a new research earmark -- and some scientists have had enough.

A Piece of the Stimulus Pie

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With U.S. government planning massive infusion of funds to spur economy, college groups offer ideas, common and conflicting, for how higher ed can help the country (and vice versa).

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