The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released the first in a series of video programs called Science Nation, which examine breakthroughs and the possibilities for new...
Science NationLast Updated on 2009-06-03 10:17:10The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released the first in a series of video programs called Science Nation, which examine breakthroughs and the possibilities for new discoveries about our planet, our universe and ourselves. NSF says
"We are pleased to be able to educate and engage the American public about the diverse range of NSF-funded cutting-edge research that is going on every day," said Jeff Nesbit, director of NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. "Each week, Science Nation will take a dynamic, entertaining look at the research, and the researchers, that will change our lives."
Q: How do such initiatives as Science Nation affect your understanding of the ubiquity of science? More »
Careers Away from the BenchLast Updated on 2009-04-24 19:40:08Career Trends:
Careers Away from the Bench
Increasingly, Ph.D.-level scientists are searching for career opportunities beyond bench research. Not only are scientists interested in pursuing nonresearch-based careers, but the contrast between the number of graduate students and postdocs, and the limited availability of tenure-track faculty positions means that these are no longer "alternative" career options. From technology specialists to patent attorneys to policy advisers, you can learn more about the sorts of careers that scientists can pursue and the skills you will need to develop in order to succeed in nonresearch careers.
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Focus: Impacts of Humans and Their Economy on the EnvironmentLast Updated on 2009-02-27 21:45:49The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a Dear Colleague Letter to the scientific community ". . . encouraging increased research . . . on the links among environment, society and the economy."
Image Above: NSF is supporting research on climate change and Earth's environment, society and economy. Credit: Department of Sustainability and Environment, State of Victoria, Australia More »
Year of Science 2009 Kicks Off Across the NationLast Updated on 2009-01-07 00:00:00Year of Science 2009 Kicks Off Across the Nation
The Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) kicked off Year of Science 2009 (YoS2009) -- a national, yearlong, grassroots celebration--this week in Boston at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. COPUS, which represents more than 500 organizations, is celebrating how science works, who scientists are, and why science matters. Ira Flatow, host of Science Friday, broadcast every week on National Public Radio, launched the week’s events with a plenary presentation encouraging scientists to get involved in communicating and sharing the excitement of science at every opportunity.
Flatow said: “If you don’t stand up for science, then no one else is going to do it. We as journalists and scientists have to figure out ways to share science in plain English whenever possible.” This... More »
Torquing Science?Last Updated on 2009-01-05 00:00:00The Center for Science in the Public Interest has prepared and released a report on how science and science advice can fall victim to politics (Twisted Advice: Federal Advisory Committees are Broken). The Center's report says
More than 900 advisory committees offer policy and scientific recommendations to virtually every agency of the federal government. The issues they review range from food safety and energy production to protection of the environment and public health. While most of these committees offer policy advice, over 200 are charged with evaluating the state of play in a specific scientific field so that the parent agency can accurately, effectively, and efficiently carry out its mission. Independence is crucial if scientific advisory committees are going to carry out their mission. Sadly, all too often the independence of these committees is compromised by members... More »
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