Science policy

Sorting Out the Stimulus

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As Senate and President Obama offer details on their packages, Republicans question whether spending on education and aid to states will stimulate economy.

Downturn in Federal Research Spending

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New U.S. data show agencies' spending on R&D declined in 2008 and that funds for basic studies have fallen by average of nearly 2 percent a year since 2004.

Stopping the Clock ... on Grants

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Congresswoman wants to use federal research agencies to promote advancement of women in university science departments.

Plenty of Pork

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As White House defends itself against cries of hypocrisy, colleges prepare to benefit from hundreds of millions in earmarked projects from lawmakers.

Funding Science, Smartly

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As House appropriators examine boom in federal research money and foresee more, they weigh priorities and techniques for avoiding mistakes of the past.

Obama's Pledge to Science

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President Obama on Monday made good on his campaign promise to lift the restrictions imposed by President George W. Bush on federal support for stem cell research. At the same time, the president issued a strong statement on the importance of protecting science from political interference -- and pledged that his administration's policies would be based on sound scientific advice and would not impose ideological tests on researchers.

Soothing Speech on Science

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President Obama sums up priorities and sets new goal for research and development dollars in address to National Academy of Sciences members.

Seeking Advice on Women in Science

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Lawmakers consider impact of role models, athletics, and curriculum in attracting students.

Fending Off Attacks on Social Science

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House rejects attempts to bar NSF grants whose titles were mocked by Republican lawmakers.

One-Man Peer Review

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In annual ritual, lawmaker questions wisdom of U.S. research grants, this time about spread of HIV in foreign lands. House backs the critic, striking the funds.

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