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Podcast on Science Policy

Back in April, Kate and the other peeps at SCC hosted a panel discussion on science policy. It was co-sponsored by NYAS, and now NYAS has a podcast up of it. (The wonderful and elegant Kate hosts the whole bidness.) The topic was ‘Mixing Science and Policy” and the panelists were Joanne Carney, David Goldston,…

Fun with Nonexistent Funding

Shelley Batts has this to say about the poor funding situation of late: At the Society for Neuroscience meeting last month, there was a special symposium regarding the current NIH funding situation that was supposed to be given by the current director of the NIH, Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni. Due to his plane being delayed,…

Eugene Volokh has written an article in the Harvard Law Review arguing that abortion is constitutional. This is not shocking. The Supreme Court has made clear that abortion is constitutional. However, he is arguing — rather than from the point of view of right to privacy — abortion to save a woman’s life is constitution…

This is completely unacceptable: The constant calls, the people frightening his children, and the demonstrations in front of his home apparently became a little too much. Dario Ringach, an associate neurobiology professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, decided this month to give up his research on primates because of pressure put on…

Can a libertarian be a scientist?

In an earlier post about Bush’s stem cell veto, I mentioned that I am a libertarian. One of the comments got me thinking, and I want to answer it in detail. Posted by Quitter: Libertarian? And you’re a scientist? Where do you think your funding comes from? Usually big “L” Libertarian is defined as believing…

AP is reporting that Bush has indeed vetoed the stem cell bill: President Bush cast the first veto of his 5 1/2-year presidency Wednesday, saying legislation easing limits on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research “crosses a moral boundary” and is wrong. “This bill would support the taking of innocent human life of the…

We have all been talking about this to death, but I figured I would add my two cents. Ben Barres wrote an editorial in the most recent issue of Nature about the issue of gender disparity in science. He mentions the comments of Larry Summers among others things and that he felt that those comments…

I had wanted to avoid being an activist with this blog, but I think it is important enough when it relates to a directly scientific issue to break that rule. The Society for Neuroscience has issued a petition request via email asking its members to petition their Senators to vote YES for the current Senate…

Ronald Bailey from Reason Magazine has an article covering one of the more pernicious arguments against genetically modified foods: Long time anti-biotech activist Jeremy Rifkin has come out in favor of a biotechnology technique. Should beleaguered biotechnologists break out the champagne and start celebrating? Not hardly. Earlier this week, Rifkin wrote an op/ed in the…

A study in the newest PNAS seeks to quantify the efficiency and resource utilization for various types of biofuels: