News & Views Index
April
2013

 

 

PCAST Updated Agenda for the May 3, 2013 Meeting.    28/04/13 [More]

 

Peter Coaldrake and Lawrence Stedman Have Another Book Launch.    27/04/13

    ",,,And they write for people who want to know more in an easy and readable style. [More

 

US House of Representatives Committee Tells Presidential Science Advisor and NSF What to do with Peer Review.    22/04/13

    John Holdren: I think it's a dangerous thing for Congress, or anybody else, to be trying to specify in detail what types of fundamental research NSF should be funding, [More]

 

PMSEIC's 1st Meeting for 2013 Held on April 16.    21/04/13

    So far, to our knowledge none of the reports mentioned is available online nor is there a list of attendees. [More]

 

Science Throws Out the Challenge: What to do For and With Science Education.    20/04/13

    The April 19, 2013 issue of Science devotes some dozen articles and an editorial to dissecting and reconstructing science education. [More

 

Leiden University's Centre of Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) Releases Its Rankings for Research  Quantity and Quality.    19/04/13 [More]

 

PCAST Agenda for the May 3, 2013 Meeting.    19/04/13

     Technology, Productivity, and Employment: What is happening to American jobs and what should we do about it? [More]

 

Research Universities and Today's World.    18/04/13

     UK scientists now live with the baleful consequences: reductive scrutiny in the form of the Research Assessment Exercise and its successor, the Research Excellence Framework (REF). [More]

 

AMSI: Gonski Funding Proposal Won't Solve Maths Teacher Crisis.    18/04/13

    "One of the most significant problems in our schools is the shortage of qualified mathematics teachers." [More]

 

1996 Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty, Although Speaking to the Hand, Has His Say.    17/04/13 [More]

 

Now That's a Lobby.    16/04/13 [More]

 

Is Canada's Government Gagging Its Scientists?    15/04/13

    Muzzling Civil Servants: A Threat to Democracy?" so asks the Environmental Law Clinic, University of Victoria. [More]

 

Court Slams HHS Secretary Sebelius' Ruling Restricting Access to Plan B Contraception.    14/04/13

    In December 2011, US HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the FDA's recommendation... [More] 

 

Simon Marginson Sees Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Korea Are on the Economic Move.    12/04/13

    But Russia gets a wooden spoon: "Russia's science paper output fell from 18,604 in 1995... to 14,016 in 2009... there are only two Russian universities in the world top 500." [More]

 

Stanford Admission Rate Records Record Low at 5.69%,  Harvard-5.79%, Yale-6.72%, Columbia-6.89%, Princeton-7.29%.    11/04/13

     Harvard allocates US$182 million in need-based financial aid. [More]

 

MIT Physicist Ernest Moniz on Track to Become Next US Secretary of Energy.    10/04/13

    He noted that scientists have submitted many more high-quality proposals to DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy than the agency can fund. [More]

 

The European Research Council is on the Upward Track Says Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker.    08/04/13

     But one on many challenges is the extremely uneven distribution of returns on investment to the various member states and associated countries. [More

 

Universities Australia's Submission to Coalition Deregulation Taskforce.    08/04/13

    Universities Australia will be looking for a substantial reduction in regulatory burden... [More] 

 

Scientists Have a Responsibility to Help Their Fellow Citizens Understand What Science and Technology Can and Cannot Do For Them.    06/04/13 [More]

 

The Scientist Publishes its 2013 and final Survey of Best Workplace for Postdocs in the US.    04/04/13

    "For more than 10 years, The Scientist has surveyed the postdoc community to learn what they value most from their training experience..." [More

 

Geophysicist Marcia McNutt to be New Editor in Chief of Science.    04/04/13

    Dr McNutt will take over from Bruce Alberts who announced his retirement last year. [More]

 

Elizabeth Blackburn: "I think there are tremendously good scientists in Australia but..."    03/04/13 [More]

 

Australian Technology Network of Universities Employs RAND Europe to Assess Research Impact Assessment.    03/04/13

    ARC's chief, Aidan Byrne, has expressed concern at the potential cost of scaling up case studies and has suggested using proxies for impact. [More]