Science policy news: weekly roundup: August 28, 2015

The roundup is formatted with the title of the story, followed by the news source in parentheses and a brief summary. If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to smartin@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup.

UPDATE: Hundreds turn out for grad student rally (Missourian) Graduate students at the University of Missouri demonstrated after it was announced on August 14thgraduate assistants would lose their health care subsidies. The subsidies have since been reinstated but rally organizers focused on graduate student rights.

Congressional showdown threatens NIH funding boost (The Lancet) Congressional appropriators prioritized funding for the National Institutes of Health while cutting other programs before heading to summer recess.

Audit: Feds doled out billions despite shoddy paperwork (The Washington Examiner) The Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services found that the National Institutes of Health approved 13 percent of awards for funding even though the investigator had not provided required progress reports.

Big Data

How can we improve data sharing of biomedical research across the globe? (EurekAlert!) The Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics presented a special issue to explore the ethical implications of sharing health research data in developing countries.

Winners Announced for Crowdsourcing and Data Sharing Competition to Drive Innovation in Prostate Cancer Research (bioportfolio.com) Combining crowdsourcing and data sharing with cancer research and computational biology delivered answers about prostate cancer in DREAM challenge.

WHITE HOUSE LOOKING FOR HELP ON PERSONALIZED MEDICINE TECHNOLOGY (Nextgov.com) Precision Medicine Initiative seeking suggestions from the public about improving personalized medicine.

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