Scientific Progress and the Bayh-Dole Act
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June 2019 | Research!America
AAAS, AAMC, AAU, Research!America, and SfN are coming together to hold an interactive panel discussion touching on the history and impact of the Bayh-Dole Act on Thursday, June 13 at 10AM ET. The event will explore the landmark law’s implications for science policy amid its 40th anniversary. Register now to attend the in-person event or the online webinar.
Hungarians Protest Against Proposed Government Takeover of Science
June 5, 2019 | Nature
Thousands of scientists and their supporters marched through the streets of Budapest on 2 June to protest against a proposed law that would give the Hungarian government direct control of the country’s top research institutes. The proposal is the latest move in a months-long battle between the government and the independent Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS), and part of a worrying trend of restricting academic freedom in the country, say the protesters.
Universities Join Forces to Forge New Scientific Alliance
June 5, 2019 | China Daily Information Co
The University of Sydney and Fudan University on May 25 signed a memorandum of understanding to form the Brain and Intelligence Science Alliance aimed at fostering greater levels of cooperation in data science, neuroscience and artificial intelligence. Academic panels from the two universities would also evaluate joint research and education projects before allocating funding to them.
House Dems Eye $1 Trillion ‘Minibus’ in First Step to Avoid Shutdown
June 3, 2019 | Politico
The House will likely take up a roughly $1 trillion funding package next week, marking an aggressive first step by Democrats to avert yet another paralyzing government shutdown this year, according to multiple sources. The House Democrats’ package would substantially increase funding for the Pentagon while also boosting money for domestic agencies, setting up a major clash over spending with Republican leaders and the White House this fall.
Science in the News
Putting 3D Printing to Work to Heal Spinal Cord Injury
June 6, 2019 | NIH Director’s Blog
For people whose spinal cords are injured in traffic accidents, sports mishaps, or other traumatic events, cell-based treatments have emerged as a potential avenue for encouraging healing. Now, taking advantage of advances in 3D printing technology, researchers have created customized implants that may boost the power of cell-based therapies for repairing injured spinal cords.
How Paying Homage to Neuroscience’s Founder Helps Scientists Frame New Research
June 5, 2019 | Northwestern University
Art and science may seem like complete opposites to some. But for Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, blending the two led him to groundbreaking discoveries about the human mind. Growing up in the late half of the 19th century, Cajal dreamed of becoming an artist, but his father encouraged him to pursue medicine instead.
Cloud-Based Tool Accelerates Research on the Brain
June 4th, 2019 | Indiana University
Scientists in the United States, Europe and South America are reporting how a new cloud-computing web platform allows scientists to track data and analyses on the brain, potentially reducing delays in discovery. The project, called brainlife.io, is led by Franco Pestilli, associate professor in the Indiana University Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and a member of the IU Network Science Institute, in collaboration with colleagues across the university.