Science policy news weekly roundup: November 14, 2014 ?>

Science policy news weekly roundup: November 14, 2014

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House Democrats urge leaders to increase research funding (The Hill) Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives urged their leaders to fund the National Institutes of Health at its pre-sequester level, adjusted for inflation, in the forthcoming omnibus appropriations bill.

Future of biomedical research funding after midterms in question (News Works) After the midterm elections, some researchers are concerned that biomedical research funding is not a priority for legislators.

Researchers rattle the tin cup (Rochester City Newspaper) Budget cuts to federal science funding agencies have affected researchers across the country. This story chronicles some of the hardships at the University of Rochester.


Bottom line (The Hill) In a listing of notable lobbyists and lobbying contracts, Pat White, president of ACT for the NIH and former director of the agency’s policy office is now a registered lobbyist.

The gender gap in sciences is still very real (Forbes) Part two of an interview series discussing the gender gap in science with prominent female scientists. Professor Ruth Chiquet of Switzerland is this week’s interviewee.

Why Congressional Republicans want to cut social science funding (Vox) An explainer piece about the crusade of Congressional Republicans to cut social science funding and some of the statistics behind how much the U.S. spends on such research.

Former House members say R&D credit, device tax likely to be addressed in 2015 (Bloomberg BNA) At a recent Research!America event, former members of the U.S. House discussed tax issues related to research.

How a $47 shrimp treadmill became a $3-million political plaything (The Chronicle of Higher Education) The leading scientist on the much maligned “Shrimp on a Treadmill” research speaks out about the value of his research to human health and how much that treadmill actually cost.

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