Jan. 9, 2015 – This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News
Science Advocates Decry Lack of Representation in Congress
Jan. 5, 2015 | Dow Jones Business News
Only two current members of Congress hold PhDs in science, leading some scientific associations to voice support for more scientists in Congress.
- Read more about Congressional Committees relevant to neuroscience.
Pyne Steps Back on Grants Audit
Jan. 3, 2015 | The Australian
While running for office, Australia’s education minister Christopher Pyne stated he would audit “ridiculous” research grants. Now that he is in office, he is backing off this idea.
Brainstormers: Obama’s Big Research Push Kicks Off With a Meeting of the Minds
Jan. 2, 2015 | The Washington Post
NIH and NSF organized a kickoff event for scientists that received funding from the first wave of BRAIN Initiative funds.
Articles of Interest
Hopkins President Daniels Urges Investment in ‘Next Generation of Science’
Jan. 6, 2015 | The Baltimore Sun
Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels published a PNAS paper warning that the “next generation of science” is at risk due to lack of NIH grants for early career researchers and limited opportunities for tenured faculty positions.
- Find information about neuroscience funding through NIH.
Where Are Canada’s PhDs Employed?
Jan. 6, 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada
The Conference Board of Canada released a report describing where Canadian PhDs are employed. Nearly 40 percent with PhDs work in higher education, with 18 percent being full-time university professors. The rest work in diverse, non-academic careers.
- Watch video from the Careers Beyond the Bench workshop held at the SfN annual meeting.
Limiting Rest Is Found to Help Young Concussion Patients
Jan. 5, 2015 | The New York Times
Researchers found that patients who stayed at home for two days or less had fewer remaining symptoms when returning to normal activity than those who were secluded for five days.
- Learn more about the science of concussions at BrainFacts.org.
UK Science Is Excelling, but Are We Funding the Wrong Projects?
Jan. 3, 2015 | The Observer
Although research is excelling in the UK, some scientists in the region are not happy with recent decisions about the future funding of science.
- Learn more about the science funding process in the UK.
For Better Brain Health, Reason to Celebrate
Jan. 9, 2015 | The Hill
The recently passed government spending bill includes funding increases for several branches of neuroscience research. This editorial discusses the benefits that may come from this funding, and praises the bipartisan effort that passed the bill.