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Replied by Holbrook, James on 04/13/2017 - 08:19
Susan,I think you're definitely right to suggest we ought to question the wisdom of calls for reproducibility.Sometimes, such calls are a symptom of what Steve Fuller has characterized as 'paradigmitis' -- the condition that results from an overdose of a Kuhnian description of scientific research, in which we all want to make sure our fields are recognized as every bit as 'mature' as physics.Sometimes, such calls seem to be a way to undermine the legitimacy of scientific... [Read more]  

Posted by Angelina Wangsha on 04/12/2017 - 09:42
Dear members,   Palgrave Communications (, the humanities and social sciences journal published by Palgrave Macmillan, is currently inviting article proposals and full papers for the following special issues. Authors who would like to submit a paper should contact the editorial office with details of their intended submission   Scientific Advice to Governments Editors: Sir... [Read more]  

Posted by Stephen Fiore on 04/09/2017 - 22:35
There is a new article out in The Scholarly Kitchen.  It provides some insights as to how article sharing is taking place via the use of scholarly networks.  Although most academics don't pay too much attention to this, it does run right up against copyright issues. As such, it is something publishers are monitoring closely in order to protect that which they believe is theirs. Best, Steve Fiore Conference Chair, Science of Team Science 2017 June 12-14, Clearwater Beach, Floridahttp://www.... [Read more]  

Posted by Stephen Fiore on 04/08/2017 - 12:18
Hi Everyone - The evolution of the social sciences marches onward.  DARPA just announced a new call in their line of research supporting the development of new methods and tools for understanding humanity.  The new call is "Putting Social Science Modeling Through Its Paces" (  To put this in context, below is an email I sent last year.  In that one I was trying to connect some of what DARPA is pursuing with the... [Read more]  

Posted by James Gover on 04/08/2017 - 05:39
The title of this email is the title of an article in today's Wall Street Journal that some may find interesting.Thanks to all of you who provided comments, references and referrals on economic growth in Utah, the role of religion in economic growth and the role of private, non-profit organizations on medical research.  I am still working through these materials.jim [Read more]  
Replied by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/08/2017 - 13:05
Yes.  This is the same author and same book I posted about last week.  Serious discussion required.   Will it happen?Sent from my iPhone [Read more]  
Replied by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/08/2017 - 13:28
Yes.  This is the same author and same book I posted about last week.  Serious discussion required.   Will it happen?Sent from my iPhone [Read more]  

Posted by John Alic on 04/07/2017 - 04:09
From some w.i.p.: "In looking back on his work in physiology, Claude Bernard, one of the most distinguished scientists of the 19th century, wrote “I insisted on repeating experiments which insisted on responding … contrary to my views” (Holmes). Bernard’s “views” can be taken to stand for assumptions and theory. Over decades of research he persisted until either the experiments did correspond to his views, or, by far the more common case, what he found in the laboratory compelled an adjustment in views, sometimes a radical adjustment. “    On... [Read more]  

Posted by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/06/2017 - 06:55
At the risk of appearing like a one-trick pony I am returning to the biomedical topic –relevant to our discussions:  I heard an interesting interview with NPR’s Richard Harris about his new and rather cleverly named book Rigor Mortis (     I am sure you can find the NPR interview and other bits about the book on line as it will make a big splash in the current climate.    Curiously, Harris seems to think that it is the... [Read more]  

Posted by Voytek, Kenneth P. (Fed) on 04/05/2017 - 18:34       From: Science of Science Policy Listserv [mailto:SCISIP@LISTSERV.NSF.GOV] On Behalf Of Kevin Boyack Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 5:46 PM To: SCISIP@LISTSERV.NSF.GOV Subject: Re: [scisip] Science and Socio-... [Read more]  

Posted by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/05/2017 - 06:27
To add another small dent to the can – I recently reviewed a book that should be read by anyone and everyone interested in the funding of academic medical centers which, in its way, provides another perspective on the complex, convoluted, and disconnected system we have set up for funding and sustaining biomedical research with the aim of improving health.  It is a brave,... [Read more]  

Posted by Brendan Godfrey on 04/05/2017 - 05:31
Although I can no longer claim to be one of the “smaller group of people with a good deal of insight into DoD”, I would offer the following background.  Each of the three services has a single corporate research laboratory, named (not surprisingly) the Army Research Laboratory, the Naval Research Laboratory, and the Air Force Research Laboratory.  (RADC no longer exists as an entity, and its research component now is the Information Directorate of AFRL.)  In addition, the Corp of Engineers has a laboratory, and the Army (and, perhaps, Navy) has one or more medical laboratories.  ARL... [Read more]  

Posted by John Alic on 04/05/2017 - 04:22
Maybe to kick to the Alpo can another baby step down the road. Branding the AEC/ERDA/DOE laboratories as “national” worked. From the outside, the laboratories have come to be seen as a national asset, by those more hyperbolically inclined as a National Treasure. (Or is that a racehorse.) The folks at NIH have accomplished something similar. For observers privy to the inner workings of DOE, of course, there’s a mess, in considerable part because of the same sort of ongoing internal politicking that led to that long-ago marketing exercise. Don’t... [Read more]  

Posted by Cohen, Gail on 04/04/2017 - 18:14
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Posted by Nicole Motzer on 04/04/2017 - 13:54
Hi all, Please keep in mind this unique opportunity for graduate student research as the May 26 deadline approaches.  Thank you! Nicole Nicole Motzer, Ph.D. Graduate Student Program Coordinator National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) University of Maryland, College  From: Nicole Motzer Sent: Monday, March 13, 2017 9:10 AM To: SCISIP@LISTSERV.NSF.GOV Subject: SESYNC Requests Proposals for... [Read more]  

Posted by Stephen Fiore on 04/04/2017 - 11:57
Hi Everyone - in light of this discussion about NIH, I wanted to remind folks about the piece Michael Crow published in Nature back in 2011 and some of the responses it prompted. Best, Steve Time to rethink the NIH  A radical restructure is the only way to solve the systemic problems of the world’s biggest funder of biomedical research, argues Michael M. Crow.  ... [Read more]  

Posted by Bookman, Richard John, Ph.D. on 04/04/2017 - 11:24
Great list, Dan! Here are first drafts of three more ‘casual' hypotheses: #7) “Biology is hard”. In some sense, we’re doing an ongoing controlled experiment to test the role that funding source has on scientific output, quality, and impact. I didn’t explore for specific work of others examining this, but I’m suggesting that the scientific results from private sector biotechs and pharma labs are not significantly different from NIH-funded ones. If the private sector had developed a much better way to conduct biomedical research, not only would it be evident, but it... [Read more]  

Posted by Jason Rittenberg on 04/04/2017 - 07:31
SSTI's 2017 Annual ConferenceSept. 13-15 | Washington, D.C.SSTI is seeking submissions from the SciSIP community for session ideas that will combine recent or forthcoming research related to science and innovation policy with practitioner perspectives. The objectives for these sessions are to increase recognition and collaboration among researchers and practitioners, while educating the audience about the results of recent research. Sessions may be structured so that practitioners are responding to research, providing "real-world" examples of research findings, or another arrangement... [Read more]  

Posted by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/04/2017 - 06:36
Thank you Dan and John for taking my somewhat wry observation seriously.  There are important issues that could use serious scholarship and I have seen very little of it focused on biomedical research (something that I have argues is quite different from medical/clinical research).    Sure, there is fascinating, wonderful, even awe-inspiring research funded by the NIH.    There is also a fair amount of research that is disconnected from either fundamental biology or from the possibility of contributing to an understanding of the ways to keep an organism healthy and functional within... [Read more]