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    U.S. House Passes Student Loan Reform Bill

    The House of Representatives approved today by a 235-171 vote the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (H.R. 3221), which plans to change the way many students pay for their college educations. The most dramatic change is to end the banks’ role in making student loans. Columnist Gail Collins in today’s New York Times sums… Read More
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    Drowning our Junior Researchers in Paper

    Our colleague Eli Kinitsch has posted an exchange of notes on the Science Insider blog with two early-career scientists about the paperwork burden forced on junior researchers. Their particular gripe is the amount of time devoted to writing grant proposals.  The post is a response to a recent story in PLOS Biology from an anonymous… Read More
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    Sweat Equity to Fund Research

    Sunday’s Washington Post tells about Yuntao Wu, a professor of molecular and microbiology at George Mason University’s Manassas, Virginia, campus, who augments funding for his research on HIV/AIDS with a New York-to-Washington, DC benefit bicycle ride. The ride’s participants, including Wu himself, plan to pedal the 330 mile dista… Read More
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    Climate Change Bill Creates New Energy Research Centers

    One section of the climate-change bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday (officially, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, or ACES), creates a series of clean energy innovation centers under the Department of Energy with three objectives: “(1) leverage the expertise and resources of the university and privat… Read More
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    Goodbye Columbus

    The 2010 fiscal year begins on 1 October–and among the cuts the federal government’s 2010 budget, announced on Thursday, is $1 million the Obama Administration decided not to spend on the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation (CCFF), an organization established to recognize the accomplishments of researchers and science students an… Read More
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    GAO: More Consistency Needed in Recovery Act Grant Procedures

    Science Careers editor Jim Austin reported on this blog on 29 April about the struggle faces from the sharp increase in grant applications to NIH and other agencies, because of the 2009 stimulus bill (officially: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009). That same day the U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO), Congress’s… Read More
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    Challenge Grants and Disaster Averted?

    Prior to the 27 April deadline for the NIH Challenge Grants–the main grant program resulting from the economic stimulus act–program officers and research administrators were predicting a huge volume of proposals, perhaps enough to destabilize, the federal government’s already creaky electronic grant-submission system. T… Read More
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    How Foundations Cope with the Economic Crisis

    Earlier this month, we commented on an article that describes how private foundations serve as a source of funds for research, particularly family foundations that focus on specific diseases. Last week, a study released by the Foundation Center tells how private foundations are able to keep going during these tough times. The Foundation Center surv… Read More
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    Don’t Forget Private Foundation Money

    The Scientist this week has an article about private foundations as a source of research funding. With all the recent talk science depending on government largess, and the consequences of that funding, this piece shows that there are other ways of getting your research funded, particularly in the life sciences. Author Carol Milano tells about… Read More