Pentagon Provides Details on 'Minerva'

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When Robert M. Gates, the secretary of defense, announced plans for the Minerva Consortia last month, he surprised many social scientists. Gates proposed the creation of a series of university-based consortiums to support research on questions of importance to the military, but said that the research would be unclassified and would not be subject to political litmus tests.

A Call to Fund the Young and Risky

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Experts on academic science say federal systems discourage just the kind of grants that are most needed.

Researchers' Financial Disclosures in the Spotlight

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Conflicts of interest, always an emotional topic, returned to the headlines this week as Sen. Charles Grassley, a longtime critic of the drug industry's potential influence on research, released new evidence that prominent Harvard University scientists had failed to disclose much of their outside income from pharmaceutical companies over the past eight years.

Research Methods 'Beyond Google'

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When "Google" has become a synonym for "research," how should faculty respond? And if the answer doesn't lie in musty books and stacks of journals, are libraries still part of the answer?

Accepting More Federal Oversight

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With Congress and NIH pushing for stronger prevention of conflicts of interest in research, universities acknowledge self-regualtion may not go far enough.

'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.

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.

The RNC: Politics vs. the Scholarly View

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As Margaret Spellings hinted at what to expect from a President McCain, scholars fanned out to record the views of two important players in the Republican political drama: delegates and protesters.

California Passes Law Protecting Animal Researchers

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Signed by Schwarzenegger, the law is already in effect, adding new misdemeanors designed to protect academic freedom of intimidated scientists.

Stem Cell Politics Shift to Michigan

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State's voters will decide whether to ease laws to allow universities to conduct more of the promising but controversial research on embryos.


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