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Moving Past the Start-Up Grant

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New Howard Hughes program for early career scientists aims to support researchers in their first years running an independent lab.

Documenting China's Higher Ed Explosion

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In many discussions about the international standing of American higher education, China is the 800-pound gorilla -- the emerging scientific and technological superpower whose newfound focus on building a first-class postsecondary system poses a major threat to the national economic competitiveness and individual well being in the United States.

'Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering'

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The discussion of gender and science can take place on many levels. Some focus on issues of bias in who gets to do science. Others use much broader definitions, looking at the impact of gender on scientific questions and findings, as well as on who leads the research enterprise. A new collection of essays, Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering (Stanford University Press), takes the broader perspective.

A Closer Look at Minorities in Engineering

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New report looks at educational attainment of underrepresented minorities in engineering fields, finding progress but "a long way to go."

Boost Proposed for Science Education

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House subcommittee approves appropriations increases for the National Science Foundation and other agencies, shifting emphasis to education from research.

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.

Crusade Against a Crusader

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P.Z. Myers -- defender of evolution -- stages "great desecration," leading to demands for his firing. U. of Minnesota at Morris refuses to do so, but cuts link to his Web site.

Keys to Hiring Women in Science

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New research examines relationship between specific practices by search committee and odds of female finalists or hires.

Satisfied Academics

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Study that anticipated professors' satisfaction levels might sink to those of industry scientists gets surprising result: Academe is seen as a good place to work.

'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.

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