This Week in Science Policy and Advocacy
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July 25, 2017 | Science
The Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations committee approved a bill that would fund NSF at $7.31 billion, 2.1 percent lower than FY2017 enacted levels. The full Senate Appropriations committee went on to approve this bill with no changes.
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July 22, 2017 | CNN
Dissatisfaction amongst the scientific community regarding the Administration’s stance towards science has led to an increasing number of scientists planning to run for public office. This piece highlights some of the individuals who have announced their candidacy and the support systems, like political action committee 314 Action, encouraging more scientists to do the same.
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July 24, 2017 | Nature
Michael Matlosz recently resigned as president and chief executive of France’s National Research Agency (ANR). Many French scientists believed that Matlosz’s mismanagement and administrative decisions caused tension with senior scientists and those who served on grant-evaluation panels.
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July 24, 2017 | The Hill
Matt Bailey, president of the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR), highlights the medical breakthroughs made possible by animals in research and argues for the continued use of animals in biomedical research. Bailey states that cuts in funding for research involving animals would hinder researchers ability to uncover disease treatments and cures.
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July 26, 2017 | The Conversation
Christopher Keane, Vice President for research and physics professor at Washington State University, discusses the economic benefits associated with funding scientific research. Keane highlights that many private companies, such as Google, have ties to federal research funding and states that continued investment will lead to economic growth and resiliency.
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July 25, 2017 | The Atlantic
A recently published paper examining past attacks on scientific integrity in Australia, Canada, and the United States found that scientists inside and outside the government have successfully used these attacks to galvanize support for reform. Given these findings, the author calls on the scientific community to remain engaged and continue standing up to political interference.
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Articles of Interest
July 25, 2017 | The Washington Post
A new study found a high prevalence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, CTE, in the brains of former football players. Evidence of CTE was found across all levels of play, but the highest percentage was found in ex-NFL players, with 110 out 111 players being diagnosed with CTE. The researchers highlighted that the study has its limitations, but provides circumstantial evidence that CTE is linked to playing football.
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July 26, 2017 | Science
Recent findings suggest that the natural loss of stem cells in the hypothalamus is involved in aging. Through manipulation of hypothalamic stems cells, the research team modulated the effects of aging. Researchers believe that these finding could lead to treatments resulting in more healthy years of life for humans.
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July 27, 2017 | Forbes
Neuroscience is increasingly being used in the field of design in hopes of creating built environments that promote cognitive function, creativity, and general health. A group called Conscious Cities was created out of this movement and they hope to promote the idea that people shaping cities should understand how they impact people on a neurological level.
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