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Replied by Susan Fitzpatrick on 05/03/2017 - 05:48
I think it is a good thing that NIH is trying to think of ways to deal with the funding issue beyond just calling for more.    There has long been dissatisfaction in some quarters of the biomedical research community about the “NIH millionaires club” – the small number (the estimate below is given as 6%) of NIH investigators who garner a large amount of support and run large labs.   What is not quite clear – and I have not read all the supporting documents- is whether this new GIS will account for the funding investigators receive from large topdown intiatives (for example the Human... [Read more]  

Posted by Briggle, Adam on 05/03/2017 - 08:16
Greetings, Attached and below, please find a preliminary call for proposals for the 4th Public Philosophy Network Conference to be held February 8-10, 2018 at UNT in Denton, TX. This will be a very interdisciplinary event and we welcome the science policy and STS community to think with us about the role philosophy might play in the issues we all care about. Note the theme is 'philosophizing impact,' which means not only the impact of philosophy but a philosophy of impact: questions about research and the university in the age of accountability. Please distribute... [Read more]  

Posted by Stephen Fiore on 05/03/2017 - 07:51
Meanwhile, down on the bayou, in a battle that will be watched closely by university libraries, the fighting tigers are taking the fight to Amsterdam...  "LSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine Library is at the center of the disagreement. According to the complaint, the library used to have a separate contract with Elsevier that covered the roughly 650 faculty members and students associated with the school. When the contract expired in 2016, the school continued to access Elsevier’s publications through an existing agreement that the main university library had signed to... [Read more]  

Posted by James Gover on 05/02/2017 - 15:44
Nineteen years and counting and trillions of federal dollars spent with no progress on the problems discussed in this on-line report.  In fact, most are worse now than when this report was written.  It is sad to watch Congress debate a healthcare system that they do not understand and try to make our healthcare system fit their simplistic model of competition.  It takes a late-night-show host to articulate the human element and personal pain of healthcare costs. I am unsure what drastic measure other than massive budget cuts can get our political system and its R&D community to... [Read more]  

Posted by jobs on 04/28/2017 - 12:19
Vehicles Economist/Engineer Clean Vehicles Program Union of Concerned Scientists Washington, DC Office Do you think facts matter and the we would all be better off if we used a lot less oil?  Come join our team. The Union of Concerned Scientists is hiring a vehicles analyst to help us advocate for oil saving solutions in state and federal policy. Put your analytical skills and knowledge of vehicles, energy and emissions to... [Read more]  

Posted by Deborah Stine on 04/27/2017 - 18:34
Greetings,               A reporter has asked me for leads to academic studies that explore the regional impacts of US federal R&D investment. In particular, any research on the economic benefits to rural and/or poor communities.                Any ideas?  Nothing came to my mind, but though there might be something in the rural sociology realm.  I know that NSF does track grants by state, but could not thing of anything focused on rural or poor communities or on outcomes.   Thanks! Debbie     Deborah D. Stine,... [Read more]  
Replied by Stephen Fiore on 04/27/2017 - 19:07
Have you reached out to any of the folks at NSF who lead their EPSCoR program?  There is likely some correlation between EPSCoR states, and rural and/or poor communities? So they're likely have some useful data on how EPSCoR funding influences regional education/economies.  -------- Stephen M. Fiore, Ph.D. Professor, Cognitive Sciences, Department of Philosophy ( Director, Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, Institute for... [Read more]  
Replied by James Gover on 04/27/2017 - 13:43
I do not have any studies to cite, but agriculture research conducted at land-grant universities had immense impact on farming.  However, a technology transfer method was built-in because each county had what was called a county agent who served as a go-between for the farmers and researchers.  I can recall as a young boy, our county agent coming to our community to visit with farmers and advise them of new crops that research had shown to have promise as cash crops.  This county agent also helped farmers identify crop diseases and recommend chemical treatments.  The NIST program on... [Read more]  
Replied by Heisey, Paul - ERS on 04/28/2017 - 18:13
The attached paper just came to my attention.   Regards,   Paul   [Read more]  

Posted by Guillermo A. Lemarchand on 04/27/2017 - 12:29
I am sorry the original PDF with the executive summary was damaged. Here is a correct one. Thanks for let me know.  Guillermo---------- Forwarded message ----------UNESCO's Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments (GO-SPIN) aims to fill the information gap by providing key information on STI governing bodies, legal frameworks, policy instruments and long-term series of indicators for evidence-based policy analysis, design and foresight studies. GO-SPIN is an online, open access platform for decision-makers, knowledge-... [Read more]  

Posted by Guillermo A. Lemarchand on 04/27/2017 - 11:48
UNESCO's Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments (GO-SPIN) aims to fill the information gap by providing key information on STI governing bodies, legal frameworks, policy instruments and long-term series of indicators for evidence-based policy analysis, design and foresight studies. GO-SPIN is an online, open access platform for decision-makers, knowledge- brokers, specialists and general-public, with a complete set of various information on STI policies.see: https... [Read more]  

Posted by Loet Leydesdorff on 04/27/2017 - 16:19
The Measurement of Diversity in Networks The routine net2rao.exe—available at —reads a network in the Pajek format (.net) and generates the files rao1.dbf and rao2.dbf. Rao1.dbf contains diversity values for each of the rows (named here “cited”) and each of the columns (named “citing”). Rao2.dbf is needed for the computation of cell values (see here below).  The input file is... [Read more]  

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]