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The 1988 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science confirmed one long.standing suspicion about the association: there’s no staff meteorologist. After subjecting participants to subzero cold and Lake Michigan’s 15-foot waves at last year’s bash in Chicago. AAAS this year decided to take on a howling storm that dropped a foot of snow on Boston. Nevertheless, the SCIENTIST's staffers overcame a closed Logan Airport to bring you the following report

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Ban Doctorates 'By the Pound'

By | March 7, 1988

Alongside triviality, unoriginality and, nowadays, dishonesty, one attribute for which journal editors are particularly vigilant in papers is obesity. Some research reports are, of course, necessarily bulky documents. This is especially true in fields such as high energy physics, where a collaboration of several dozen physicists and machine staff may be necessary to describe the design, outcome and analysis of experiments that take many months. At the other end of the scale, few if any worthwh

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Campaign ' 88

March 7, 1988

Michael Dukakis Governor of Massachusetts since 1982 and from 1974 to 1978. When U.S. presidential candidates take to the stump, science and technology policy is not among the principal topics they address. Press them about specific proposals-whether they would reinstitute the President's Science Advisory Committee, for example, or how they would pay for a space station or for sequencing the human genome-and many veer off into abstractions. While they may be more comfortable talking abou

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Dos and Dont's of Vita Preparation

By | March 7, 1988

{WantNoCacheVal} Dos and Dont's of Vita Preparation DO: List every dollar you have raised by grants, scholarships, gifts and endowments. Include teaching awards you have won Check with your references before including their names on your vita. DON'T Have your vita prepared by a professional printer. List your hobbies. Try to give the impression that you have written more papers than you have read.

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Energy Dept. Faces Battle on SSC

By | March 7, 1988

WASHINGTON-A $363 million request for the Superconducting Supercollider, part of the Department of Energy's proposed research budget, faces an uncertain future in Congress. DOE officials will face some tough questions on the SSC at hearings later this week, said Edd Nolan, an aide to Rep. Tom Bevill (D-Ala.), chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee on energy and water. Bevill "doesn't know where the money is going to come from," said Nolan. The new proposal would consume one-fift

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Filing by Modem

By | March 7, 1988

{WantNoCacheVal} Filing by Modem Clearly we are heading toward the day when you’ll be able to file your tax return with IRS Already this year there are pilot projects allowing large professional preparers to supply returns in this manner. It’s safe to predict that within about five years, you’ll be able to submit returns by modem if you have a program like one of those reviewed here. —B.S.

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Forums to Address Role of Editors

By | March 7, 1988

WASHINGTON-Scientists have begun to consider changes in fundamental publication and research practices in the wake of several well-publicized cases of research misconduct. Panel Backs Journal Retractions Medical journals should print retractions of questioned or fraudulent research even if the lead author or co-authors have not submitted or approved such statements said a top official of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. "Journal editors have a responsibility to keep

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Germans Fault Bigger Space Budget

By | March 7, 1988

WEST BERLIN—West German scientists appear to be increasingly unhappy with their government’s decision to boost spending on space research at the expense of fundamental science. The Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research, the principal state organization funding applied sciences, has come out against the 16 percent increase for space planned in the country’s 1988 R&D budget. It echoes earlier criticism from the Max Planck Society, which is devoted to basic

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Happenings

March 7, 1988

PEOPLE DEATHS AWARDS SCIENCE ARCHIVE Three MIT scientists, Robert Horvitz, Richard O. Hynes and Susumu Tonegawa, have been appointed Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators as part of a new long-term collaborative agreement to conduct biomedical research at MIT. HHMI will help fund the research and will donate $15 million toward the construction of a new MIT research facility. Caroline L. Herzenberg, Argonne National Laboratory, became president of the national Association fo

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Journals Slow to Retract Slutsky Research Errors

By | March 7, 1988

SAN DIEGO-Three U.S. journals still have not published retractions or clarifications on nine articles by Robert A. Slutsky that 18 months ago were declared fraudulent or questionable. One small journal is waiting for its publishing house to obtain permission from Slutsky. A second publication has withdrawn only research retracted by Slutsky himself. The third journal has printed no corrections because neither Slutsky nor his co-authors have requested retractions. All said they feared litigat

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