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Posted by Stephen Fiore on 04/25/2017 - 18:09
Hi Everyone - Citizen Science has made another step forward through the use of MMOGs.  Zoran Popović's Center for Game Science has a new game out called Mozak.  It's conceptually similar to Fold It, but, instead of protein folding, it focuses on reconstructing neurons.  It's a nice illustration of teamwork in the 21st century in that it provides an interesting illustration of collaboration between humans and machines to do something neither could do separately.  Here's a telling quote:  “This is not a story about people beating computers because people are using subsets... [Read more]  

Posted by Dicapua, Marco on 04/25/2017 - 16:19
Colleagues:   Site below is a  Resource Rich R&D Strategy Site that compiles Air Force, Navy, Army NIC R&D strategies.   Downloading documents of interest in a timely manner may be a wise investment as the site is likely to change .   Does NSF has similar documents?   Marco Di Capua DOE NNSA Non Proliferation R&D           [Read more]  

Posted by Briggle, Adam on 04/25/2017 - 09:33
Here are some proposals: 1. Only allow the virtuous to become scientists 2. Cut the number of journals (and thus publications) at least in half 3. Teach children to control their desires a Adam BrigglePhilosophy Impact Socrates TenuredA Field... [Read more]  

Posted by Frodeman, Robert on 04/24/2017 - 16:18
A good piece on it here:   ___________ Robert Frodeman Dept of Philosophy and Religion University of North Texas Socrates Tenured: The Institutions of 21st Century Philosophy (with A. Briggle)   [Read more]  
Replied by David Wojick on 04/25/2017 - 05:12
The question is what policy proposals, if any, flow from these vague complaints about science being broken? An what science supports them? There are millions of researchers around the world, publishing maybe 2 million papers a year. David [Read more]  
Replied by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/25/2017 - 05:05
Very true – we like the science we like.   And we like liking science.   Especially the science we like.     Susan M. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.President, James S. McDonnell Foundation Visit JSMF forum on academic issues: SMF blog       [Read more]  
Replied by Caroline Wagner on 04/25/2017 - 09:22
Dear Science Policy friends, The Slate piece is so, so wrong about people and science… and why we march. Here is piece that Stephanie Bird and I wrote and published in Chemistry World.   Caroline Wagner     [Read more]  

Posted by James Gover on 04/21/2017 - 16:35
L. Rafael Rief, President of MIT, has written How to Maintain America's Edge: Increase Funding for Basic Science, that is published in the current issue of Foreign Affairs, p 95. jim [Read more]  
Replied by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/24/2017 - 10:21
Just last week I was reading progress reports from some of our Complex Systems young faculty.   Most of the work is what I guess you would call “basic” – but the questions were important and interesting and the results: 1) told us something  true about natural phenomenon and observations 2) tended to be generalizable rather than highly constrained to artificial laboratory-based systems, and 3) because the resulting publications are written clearly in an engaging way the work is likely to be discoverable by others who have applied problems they wanted to solve.  The continual defense... [Read more]  
Replied by Glenn Hampson on 04/24/2017 - 08:56
Hi Susan, With regard to the last part of the your email about rekindling the idea that science is a force for greater good, I sometimes wonder if we don’t have a chicken and egg problem here. Specifically, over the last half-generation (at least) there’s been a constant drumbeat of budget cuts surrounding science that have made the incentives for getting into science less and less attractive---too many science graduates for too few jobs that pay too little (except for computer science), more difficulty getting studies funded, lower rates of tenure, and so on. Even the increasing... [Read more]  
Replied by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/24/2017 - 11:16
Seriously – take a look at all the numbers in funding statistics– the numerator ($) has mostly increased (even if it now leveling off) over the past 50 years and  there has been a large increase in the denominator ( # of scientists) – click on any lab website that has a picture of its members and I am not sure the visual evidence supports your assertions.   And much of what you describe as unfavorable trends probably results from maladaptative behavior by the scientific community itself.    It is important to keep in mind that many important decisions about science are made by... [Read more]  
Replied by Smith, Caleb on 04/24/2017 - 16:12
Somewhat counter to my expectations based on recent political rhetoric over the last decade and various PR moves like the Golden Fleece Award but it has been my personal experience—and I have no experimental data to support this—that when casually discussing science funding with non-scientists, the model that seems to resonate most is the HHMI Investigator Program for funding “people, not projects.” I’m not sure why this is—perhaps a desire to return to the seemingly good old days of “little science” with the lone genius toiling away in his lab? The idea that under the... [Read more]  
Replied by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/24/2017 - 11:20
Lots of ways to talk.    And focusing on people has typically been the way to think about creativity and exciting ideas – but clearly it is somewhat field dependent.    Click on an HHMI lab picture – very few loners.    We need some new ways of talking that are authentic. Susan M. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.President, James S. McDonnell Foundation Visit JSMF forum on academic issues: SMF blog      From: Smith, Caleb [... [Read more]  
Replied by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/24/2017 - 11:28
And to clarify – I am talking about all funding – not just the federal.    I think supporting US science should be a national commitment – we all have a stake.  Susan M. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.President, James S. McDonnell Foundation Visit JSMF forum on academic issues: SMF blog ... [Read more]  
Replied by Glenn Hampson on 04/24/2017 - 09:32
Hi Susan, ---happy to dig up the stats on this stuff---the relative paucity of STEM jobs (excepting again for computer science), the decline of tenure positions and rise of adjunct, surveys of postdoc attitudes, the documented fail rate in algebra, etc. I’ve smooshed all this into op-eds before but would need to go back and look for the source materials if this is what you’re asking for. Happy to do this off-line as well is this is just you and me. Best, Glenn Glenn HampsonExecutive DirectorNational Science Communication Institute (nSCI)Program DirectorOpen Scholarship Initiative (OSI... [Read more]  
Replied by Brooke Struck on 04/24/2017 - 16:43
Hello all,   In light of all the discussions of research funding, I figured it might be of interest to share an update on the Naylor Report—a report delivered to the Canadian federal government recently after a year-long assessment of its mechanisms for funding science. The report can be found here, and I’ve included a bullet-point summary of findings below my signature. (The summary was developed to keep my colleagues at... [Read more]  
Replied by Eugene Arthurs on 04/24/2017 - 21:15
Brooke,   Is this a recommendation document or approved funding? I had thought there was some disappointment in Canada with the new administration budget for science.   Eugene   Eugene G. Arthurs CEO SPIE 1-360-676-3290 SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics     [Read more]  
Hi Eugene,   This is a recommendation document. It was delivered to the federal Minister of Science two weeks ago. It’s received a positive reception so far from government and the scientific community, but there haven’t been any formal commitments around implementation—still very early in the game.   Brooke       Brooke Struck, Ph.D. Policy Analyst | Analyste des politiques Science-Metrix 1335, Mont-Royal E Montréal, QC  H2J 1Y6 - Canada   T. 1.514.495.6505 x.117 T. 1.800.... [Read more]  
Replied by James Gover on 04/25/2017 - 06:36
You said,"SOME FINDINGS FROM BENCHMARK STUDY •       Effective message platforms: Science is hope, serve greater good, look forward, highlight benefits.  Economic, competitive & jobs arguments fail.    (SCIENCE SHOULD AVOID BECOMING ANOTHER SPECIAL PLEADER)"I agree that science should avoid the competition with other nations argument made in the Foreign Affairs article I cited and instead argue that as other nations invest more in science, we should increase our observation of their science. Researchers already do this; however, those doing development work do not always follow... [Read more]