AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships Opportunities for Midcareer Applicants AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships Opportunities for Midcareer Applicants Podcast January 00, 1970 Midcareer scientists have much to contribute and gain from the AAAS Science & Technology (S&T) Policy Fellowship experience! Join us July 24 at 2:00 pm EDT for a one-hour live video webinar session for your chance to ask midcareer current and alumni fellows about their fellowship experience, and get answers to your questions about the AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship program and application process for the 2015-16 fellowship class. VIDEO: Cutting Edge: Art & Science of Climate Change Video May 13, 2014 This video, “Cutting Edge: Art & Science of Climate Change,” features talks by two leading Arctic researchers and a panel discussion on the role artists and scientists can play in helping to communicate climate change to the public. "Cutting Edge" is a lecture series which presents diverging views on some of the most pressing issues humanity faces today. AAAS policy fellow makes predictions about tomorrow today AAAS policy fellow makes predictions about tomorrow today Tuesday, July 15, 2014 SciCast, the largest known science and technology-focused, crowdsourced forecasting site, is helping experts around the world predict the next big thing—from the development of a 3D-manufactured organ to the start date of clinical trials for implantable cancer monitors. Giant longitudinal child study put on hold Capitol Connection July 17, 2014 The National Children’s Study (NCS), which aims to follow the health of 100,000 babies until they turn 21, is now on hold following an assessment by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC). The IOM/NRC report notes several flaws with the study’s design and oversight. In response, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins decided to halt the NCS until possible fixes can be evaluated. NIH and NSF team up to accelerate bench-to-marketplace transitions Capitol Connection July 1, 2014 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) are teaming up to help researchers commercialize new biomedical discoveries. Researchers who are part of the new I-Corps at NIH pilot program will participate in a nine-week boot camp where they will meet with business experts and potential customers. I-Corps at NIH is the newest outgrowth of the NSF’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) private-public partnership program, which helps commercialize selected federally funded research projects. Easing the burden of grant administration Easing the burden of grant administration Capitol Connection June 24, 2014 If you’re a researcher who receives federal funding, you probably feel that you’re spending almost as much time dealing with administration as doing science. Last week, two subcommittees of the House Science Committee held a joint hearing to look into the problem. NIH says its time to start using female animals too NIH says it's time to start using female animals too Capitol Connection June 24, 2014 According to data recently released by the Food and Drug Administration, women report more adverse drug reactions than do men. While this finding could be due to greater reporting of side effects by women, it also may have something to do with the longstanding bias against using female animals in preclinical medical research. Should scientists support labeling GMOs? Capitol Connection June 2, 2014 On May 8, Vermont became the first state to require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The law will go into effect in July 2016, and also prohibits labeling products containing GMOs as “natural.” A labeling movement could be spreading nationally, with Connecticut and Maine having passed labeling laws that are contingent on neighboring states’ adopting similar laws. According to the Center for Food Safety, which supports labeling, 60 labeling bills have been introduced in 20 states. The question is now whether such labels are useful for consumers, many of whom fail to understand the science of GMOs. NIH holds contest for fixing bias in peer review (with cash prizes) Capitol Connection May 27, 2014 Recent studies have demonstrated that African American researchers are less likely to receive NIH grant funding than are white researchers. The NIH wants to know if grant-reviewer bias is causing this disparity and wants to improve the overall fairness of peer review. With these aims in mind, the NIH is issuing two challenges for improving the grant review system. DATA Act expands Recovery Act financial reporting to federal research funding Capitol Connection June 9, 2014 On May 9, President Obama signed the Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act, which mandates the publication of federal spending information as machine-readable open data. Representative Issa (R-Calif.) described the law as increasing transparency and accountability, which would allow journalists, watchdog groups and the public to track taxpayer dollars. The Act is consistent with the Obama administration’s Open Data Policy, part of its efforts to increase government transparency.