Sunday, December 21, 2008
Here's the roundup from Science's new policy blog, ScienceInsider:
Obama, Obama, Obama. The president-elect keeps making waves in the scientific community even before he has entered office. Yesterday, we were the first news outlet to report that Barack Obama has selected physicist John Holdren as his science adviser. We also explored the impact that Obama's pick for secretary of education is having on the science education community--and what it means for the future of science in the classroom. And Obama seems to be getting advice from everyone. This week, a congressman recommended that the president-elect not fire the current NASA administrator, and the Institute of Medicine warned Obama not to forget about global health.
On the other side of the pond, U.K. universities began nervously poring over a report to see how they rank, scientifically, among their peers. Some schools will be sleeping easier than others. ScienceInsider also explored a burgeoning controversy in Sweden over whether a collaboration between a biotech company and the Nobel Foundation has tainted this year's prize in physiology or medicine.
Back in the States, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dealing with a controversy of its own. Archaeologists condemned the museum for laying off 18 researchers, including a world-famous archaeobotanist, but now the museum's director says there was a misunderstanding. Get the full story here.