Bringing science to market -Commercialization programs help Canadian researchers see the results of their work take flightWhen University of Toronto scientist Stewart Aitchison and his PhD student James Dou developed a portable, hand-held device that analyses CD4+ T cell levels from a single drop of blood, they knew their ‘laboratory on a chip’ had the potential to improve public health. CD4+ T cells are the immune cells destroyed during HIV infections, and their concentration is a measure of how urgently an HIV patient needs treatment. (...) Naturejobs, 02 October 2013
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has never been in the business of supporting precollege science education and promoting health literacy to the public, says NIH Principal Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak. And now it’s official NIH policy, too. (...) - by Jeffrey Mervis, ScienceInsider, 27/09/2013
ocal research and innovation matter to develop sustainable solutions for health problems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In the past few years, this has increasingly been recognised. However, such sustainability is only achievable if research funding allows for capacity building and sharing of other benefits from research partnerships. Ultimately, leaving the low income partner in a more empowered position. - See more at: http://euroscientist.com/2013/09/more-equitable-northsouth-research-partnership/#sthash.ldoVp7bA.dpufocal research and innovation matter to develop sustainable solutions for health problems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In the past few years, this has increasingly been recognised. However, such sustainability is only achievable if research funding allows for capacity building and sharing of other benefits from research partnerships. Ultimately, leaving the low income partner in a more empowered position. - See more at: http://euroscientist.com/2013/09/more-equitable-northsouth-research-partnership/#sthash.ldoVp7bA.dpufLocal research and innovation matter to develop sustainable solutions for health problems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In the past few years, this has increasingly been recognised. However, such sustainability is only achievable if research funding allows for capacity building and sharing of other benefits from research partnerships. Ultimately, leaving the low income partner in a more empowered position. - See more at: http://euroscientist.com/2013/09/more-equitable-northsouth-research-partnership/#sthash.ldoVp7bA.dpuf
Local research and innovation matter to develop sustainable solutions for health problems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In the past few years, this has increasingly been recognised. However, such sustainability is only achievable if research funding allows for capacity building and sharing of other benefits from research partnerships. Ultimately, leaving the low income partner in a more empowered position. (...) - Euroscientist, 16/09/2013
Australia’s 28th prime minister, Tony Abbott, has dispensed with a minister of science and a minister for climate change in a new cabinet he announced last Monday. It is the first time since the science portfolio was created in 1931 that Australia has not had a science minister.
But Abbott came under most fire from within and without his party for his cabinet’s ‘female-lite’ composition: only one woman among the 18 men and a total of five women in a ministry of 30, plus one female parliamentary secretary out of 12. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 17 September 2013 Issue No:288
But election prompts fears that budgetary pressures may sap strong investment.
A physicist by training, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has a proven affinity for science. Thanks to generous government funding, German research has thrived since she first came to power eight years ago. But as she prepares for a probable third term in office after elections on 22 September — the governing coalition between her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party and the Free Democrats is well ahead in polls — scientists and science organizations are concerned that the years of plenty may soon be over. (...) - by Quirin Schiermeier, 18 September 2013
Tenured professors at American higher education institutions are certainly given more prestige than other lecturers. But are they better teachers? In a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, researchers find quite the opposite – that is, tenured professors or those on their way to tenure don’t enhance student learning as much as lecturers outside the tenure system, writes Khadeeja Safdar for The Wall Street Journal. (...) Wall street Journal via University World News, 14 September 2013, Issue No:287
Fewer than half of those new to research can expect long-term academic careers.
There is a “significant credibility gap” between researchers’ expectations and the likelihood of their forging long-term careers in higher education, a survey has found. (...) - Times Higher Education, by Elizabeth Gibney, 12 September, 2013
After California and Oregon, Montreal and Boston were my first steps on the East coast. I didn’t stay long in Montreal but it was worth it and I left enriched with many interesting comments about the Open Science Movement. Once settled in Boston, I mostly explored Cambridge, a neighboring city hosting Harvard university and the MIT. I went there twice and got the impression that people live in very different bubbles. Some of them, though highly innovative were quite far from Open Science perspectives. Others give rise to refreshing initiatives both regarding form and content. (...) - HackYourPhD, September 7, 2013
Stalemate in Congress puts spending plans on hold.
Laura Niedernhofer is counting her pennies. The mid-career molecular biologist moved last year to the Scripps Research Institute’s campus in Jupiter, Florida — a risky decision that saw her building a new laboratory group at a time when the US government was cutting its support for science. In June, Niedernhofer abandoned one of her main lines of research — reducing the toxicity of cancer drugs — after the National Institutes of Health (NIH) rejected her grant application. In July, the agency approved a second grant, allowing her to keep another research thrust alive — on the molecular mechanisms of ageing. But the NIH cut the award by 18%, preventing her from hiring an additional postdoctoral researcher. (...) Nature, by Lauren Morello, 11 Septembre 2013
Despite the significant increase in the number and type of international activities – from branch campuses to MOOCs and aggressive international student recruitment – many institutional efforts appear to be launched without a clear idea of best practices or how specific activities might be productive and meaningful for a particular institution. (...) - University World News, by
Richard J Edelstein and John Aubrey Douglass, 07 September 2013 Issue No:286
Our Reproducibility Initiative advisory board member Melissa Haendel is part of a critical paper published today that identifies insufficient information in scientific literature as a major barrier to reproducibility. (...) - The Science Exchange Blog, 05/09/2013
The way the European Union regards science and research is changing. There is an increased emphasis on producing marketable deliverables for financial gain. At the same time, the advent of Horizon 2020 raises important yet often-overlooked questions. (...) - University World News, by Diana Beech, 05 October 2013 Issue No:290
With just three months to go before the launch of the European Research Area, or ERA, much work is still needed before a border-free international market for research projects can be established, a new report has found.
The European Commission said last Monday that the European Union (EU) research market was still fragmented, with many different funding schemes for researchers in the 28 EU member countries and different policies for knowledge-sharing and open access to publicly funded research. (...) - University World News, by Carmen Paun, 26 September 2013 Issue No:289
A key congressional committee is planning a hearing next month on legislation that could give several U.S. science agencies new marching orders. The details are still a secret, but expect fireworks. (...) ScienceInsider, by Jeffrey Mervis, 27 September, 2013
Researchers in America are more likely to collaborate with peers outside the US than European researchers are to work with colleagues outside Europe, according to a new report. But it says the benefits of collaborating outside their region are proportionally greater for European than for US researchers.
“Other studies have shown that research nations benefit from collaborative research, in particular international collaborations, as they typically result in higher citation impacts, a quality measure of research articles,” the report states. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 19 September 2013 Issue No:288
Revelations of government corruption hardly raise eyebrows in China these days. But Zhang Shuguang’s exploits have managed to shock a jaded populace. The “father” of China’s high-speed rail system, standing trial on corruption charges in Beijing last week, testified that he solicited bribes from businessmen because he needed money—a whopping 23 million yuan (about $3.8 million)—to burnish his credentials and influence votes in the biannual elections for membership in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2007 and 2009. It turned out to be money ill spent, in more ways than one: Zhang failed to get elected not once, but twice. (...) - ScienceInsider, 2013/09/17
In the lead-up to our Naturejobs Career Expo and conference in London tomorrow, where we will have a panel discussion on science communication, Heather Doran, a Project Officer in Public Engagement with Research at the University of Aberdeen, shares her thoughts on the benefits that public engagement can bring to scientists in this guest blog post. (...) - by Catherine de Lange, Nature Jobs, 18 Sep 2013
Although many people claim to know what scientists want, the author's own ongoing survey has come up with results that are at odds with most conventional wisdom. This post summarizes those finding... (...) - by Joseph Esposito, Blog the scholarly kitchen, Sep 3, 2013
The research environment in the global South faces many pressing challenges, given resource inequality. Technical and financial issues aside, the values and practices shaped by the Northern research agenda contribute just as much to the imbalance.
In order to confront these inequities, perceptions of ‘science’ and research outputs must be broadened, and the open access movement also needs to widen its focus – from access to knowledge to full participation in knowledge creation and in scholarly communication. (...) - University World News, by
Laura Czerniewicz, 14 September 2013, Issue No:287
Climate science skeptics have derailed a congressional proposal to create the honorary position of U.S. science laureate. But proponents haven’t abandoned the idea of giving someone a national platform to foster public understanding of science and serve as a role model. (...) - by Jeffrey Mervis, 2013/09/12, ScienceInsider
Scientists are developing algorithms that can connect researchers across the world who have similar interests by scanning the content of academic papers.
Researchers at TEAM, an EU-funded project, are using algorithms to quantify the extent to which scientific papers cover similar ground, and are looking at ways to profile scientists by the documents they have searched for. They are also developing technology that can facilitate searches of research papers. (...) - by Peter O'Donnell, in Horizon, 05 August 2013
Science is a big winner in Japan's 2014 budget, with the education ministry requesting $12 billion for S&T, a 20% increase over the current year's funding. Biomedical research is about to take off thanks to plans to create a Japanese version of the U.S. National Institutes of Health—though some researchers complain that during the planning process, so far, they've been left largely in the dark. (...) - by Dennis Normile, Science 6 September 2013: Vol. 341 no. 6150 p. 1053