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January 20, 1992

Rejection Rate Rises at NIH Bromley Bids Farewell to Sununu Good Swaps Science Advisory Post Kassirer Won't Play the Name Game Stick to Politics and Religion Congress thinks that NIH's peer reviewers, who in 1990 rejected only 5 percent of the proposals they judged as members of NIH study sections, are too easy on scientists, and last year they asked NIH to do something about it. So last fall, as part of a broader series of changes in the peer review system, NIH created a new category-

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January 6, 1992

Mikulski Supports Change at NIH Nuclear Engineering Program Gets Boost Industry Expects to Spend Less on R & D Finding Room for Innovative Research Speaking in an NIH auditorium as both a legislator concerned about science and an incumbent seeking reelection, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) told a crowd of more than 500 scientists that federal laws must be changed to meet the needs of the agency's 10,000 intramural scientists and support staff. Mikulski promised her audience, many of wh

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November 25, 1991

Choice Cuts Raub Leaves NIH for OSTP Shopping Around For Space Grants Changes Ahead For University Coalition National Public Radio Talks Science Federal investigators looking at how certain agencies use their special authority to offer higher salaries for hard-to-fill technical slots have discovered that many scientists and engineers are actually taking pay cuts to join the government. Some 35 percent of the people hired during 1987-88 under these rules agreed to pay cuts, some exceedi

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October 28, 1991

NSF Gets Lots More For Education Isn't That Good Enough President Upgrades NSF Fellowship More Help For SSC Accelerations What No Bubble Gum? In hammering out this year's budget, science education has emerged as a favored child of federal legislators. The 1992 NSF budget, which was approved earlier this month, now contains a 44 percent increase over last year's allotment, to $465 million, for education and human resources, after legislators added $75 million to President Bush's request

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September 30, 1991

(p.4) More Cracked Than Shattered Underfunded States Get DOE Boost Supercollider Lab Looks Outward NIH Makes First Shannon Awards Down For The Count More Cracked Than Shattered Are women being repressed in their scientific pursuits? The presence last month of a standing-room-only audience of more than 400 women (and perhaps a half-dozen men) in an NIH auditorium testified to the pertinence of the question at a Women's Equality Day program on the issue of "Shattering the Glass Ceiling."

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September 2, 1991

SLAC Management? Willenbrock Bids NSF Adieu? Then Try, Try Again NRC Report Criticized Massey Fills Two Posts? Nobelist Burton Richter, director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, is angry over allegations by a former employee who claimed he was ordered to inflate estimates of damages caused by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake so that Richter's lab could receive more money from the Department of Energy. The charges were raised earlier this year, as part of a personnel grievance, by

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August 19, 1991

UC VS DOE Far East to West FASEB Attracts Two Societies The Infinite Voyage Part, V The Rat Next Door A few months ago, some University of California officials hinted that the UC system's 45-year stint as caretaker of the Energy Department's national labs could come to an end if DOE officials carried out a plan to open the negotiations to other bidders on soon-to-expire contracts for running the labs. The potential crisis passed, however, as DOE announced it would be negotiating exclus

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July 22, 1991

Maybe It Should Be General Healy Retirements Not Seen As Hurting NASA Not Now Dear, I Have A Political Headache The High Cost Of Outreach Mixed News on NSF Funding Trends President Bush came to NIH last month to swear in the agency's new director, Bernadine Healy. While the occasion was entirely ceremonial--she took office April 9--Healy used it to make a characteristically bold statement about NIH's mission. Referring to its mandate to improve the nation's health, Healy declared that

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July 8, 1991

p.4 Federal Workplace Study Faulted House Science Panel Has Doubts On SSC . . . . . . But Some Remain Bullish On The Project Bridgen Leaves Biotech Trade Group Climate Modelers To Get Own Supercomputer In 1988 the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) began a pilot project, affecting 3,000 scientists and engineers, to try to improve personnel practices. The goal was to remove some of the administrative barriers that prevent many federal agencies from hiring and retainin

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June 24, 1991

The Powers Behind The Throne Maybe Yes, Maybe No Comings And Goings At AAU Educational Food For Thought Rep. George Brown (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, has decided to take another look at the health of federally funded research. And this time he's created a task force of the folks who do most of the work on Capitol Hill--congressional aides. Five years ago, members from the same committee issued a 22-volume report on the topic that sunk quic

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