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The Rise of 'Convergence' Science

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WASHINGTON -- Advances in medicine and biotechnology -- from the sequencing of the human genome to the development of small chips to detect cancer in the bloodstream -- were driven largely by scientists coming together from diverse disciplines to work on common problems. But a blue ribbon panel said here Tuesday that these advances also signify something larger: the creation of a new model -- dubbed "convergence" -- in which engineering and physical sciences, among other disciplines, join forces with the life sciences.

Shielding Education and Research

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In State of the Union, President Obama vows to protect many programs important to colleges from 5-year freeze on federal spending.

Could Be Worse

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As House leaders propose cuts in 2011 spending, programs important to colleges and students would fare comparatively well (so far).

'Tough Love' Budget for Science

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WASHINGTON -- Federal money for science research would continue flowing next year under President Obama's spending plan for 2012, which was released Monday.

Updating the Common Rule

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Proposal to revise much-criticized U.S. regulations governing human research subjects could ease problems for social scientists, but also apply rules to all studies at universities that receive any federal funds.

The Academic Pork Barrel, 2010

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Colleges and other higher education organizations received nearly $2 billion in earmarks directed by individual members of Congress, our analysis shows.


The Need to 'Do Even More'

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Paying for the Research Juggernaut

John V. Lombardi
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Research Spending Is Up

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Expenditures on funds for research at universities topped $40 billion in 2003, double the level of 1993.


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