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International Society For Vaccines Makes Its Debut, Planning To Address Needs Of A Maturing Discipline
International Society For Vaccines Makes Its Debut, Planning To Address Needs Of A Maturing Discipline
Planning To Address Needs Of A Maturing Discipline Author: NEERAJA SANKARAN, pp.1 Date: July 11,1994 The formation of a new scientific organization, the Gaithersburg, Md.-based International Society for Vaccines (ISV), signals that vaccinology is finally coming of age as a discrete discipline, according to Jonas Salk, the developer of the first effective vaccine for polio--whose own experience in the field spans more than a half-c
International Society For Vaccines Makes Its Debut, Planning To Address Needs Of A Maturing Discipline
International Society For Vaccines Makes Its Debut, Planning To Address Needs Of A Maturing Discipline
Planning To Address Needs Of A Maturing Discipline Author: NEERAJA SANKARAN, pp.1 Date: July 11,1994 The formation of a new scientific organization, the Gaithersburg, Md.-based International Society for Vaccines (ISV), signals that vaccinology is finally coming of age as a discrete discipline, according to Jonas Salk, the developer of the first effective vaccine for polio--whose own experience in the field spans more than a half-c
Director Of New Health Agency Program Determined To Elevate Status Of Minority Biomedical Scientists
Director Of New Health Agency Program Determined To Elevate Status Of Minority Biomedical Scientists
Elevate Status Of Minority Biomedical Scientists Author: KAREN YOUNG KREEGER, pp.1 Date: July 11,1994 Researchers, National Institutes of Health administrators, and government officials say the first director of a newly created NIH minority-support program is a fitting choice to lead an office whose creation is long overdue. The new leader is appropriate, they say, because he is both a veteran advocate of minorities in science and
AIDS Research Progress Stymied By Narrow Focus, Critics Charge
AIDS Research Progress Stymied By Narrow Focus, Critics Charge
Critics Charge Author: FRANKLIN HOKE, pp.1 Date: July 11,1994 Disputing what they see as unproductive preoccupation with HIV-specific studies, they step up campaign for a `wider window' of research Progress in AIDS research has faltered in the United States since the mid-1980s, according to some scientists, owing to a premature narrowing of the research focus by the scientific and administrative leadership of the National Inst
AIDS Research Progress Stymied By Narrow Focus, Critics Charge
AIDS Research Progress Stymied By Narrow Focus, Critics Charge
Critics Charge Author: FRANKLIN HOKE, pp.1 Date: July 11,1994 Disputing what they see as unproductive preoccupation with HIV-specific studies, they step up campaign for a `wider window' of research Progress in AIDS research has faltered in the United States since the mid-1980s, according to some scientists, owing to a premature narrowing of the research focus by the scientific and administrative leadership of the National Inst
Director Of New Health Agency Program Determined To Elevate Status Of Minority Biomedical Scientists
Director Of New Health Agency Program Determined To Elevate Status Of Minority Biomedical Scientists
Elevate Status Of Minority Biomedical Scientists Author: KAREN YOUNG KREEGER, pp.1 Date: July 11,1994 Researchers, National Institutes of Health administrators, and government officials say the first director of a newly created NIH minority-support program is a fitting choice to lead an office whose creation is long overdue. The new leader is appropriate, they say, because he is both a veteran advocate of minorities in science and
Philadelphia Symposium Honors Buckminster Fuller
Philadelphia Symposium Honors Buckminster Fuller
" 'Bucky' Fuller was a really special guy," says William Reach, a Philadelphia songwriter who was the principal force in organizing the event. Reach first became interested in the visionary engineer in 1977, when he attended a talk given by Fuller in Los Angeles. His enthusiasm eventually led Reach to launch a recent effort to educate the public about Fuller's ideas--resulting in the symposium, which was supported in part by the Nat
Philadelphia Symposium Honors Buckminster Fuller
Philadelphia Symposium Honors Buckminster Fuller
" 'Bucky' Fuller was a really special guy," says William Reach, a Philadelphia songwriter who was the principal force in organizing the event. Reach first became interested in the visionary engineer in 1977, when he attended a talk given by Fuller in Los Angeles. His enthusiasm eventually led Reach to launch a recent effort to educate the public about Fuller's ideas--resulting in the symposium, which was supported in part by the Nat
Education and Environment Hot Topics At ACS Meeting
Education and Environment Hot Topics At ACS Meeting
ACS 208th NATIONAL MEETING At the fall meeting of the American Chemical Society, from August 21 to 25 in Washington, D.C., the division of chemical education will be sponsoring a series of symposia scheduled to run through all five days of the conference. The sessions will feature 270 papers on a variety of topics relating to chemical education, including the teaching of undergraduate chemistry, "distance" learning for individuals
Education and Environment Hot Topics At ACS Meeting
Education and Environment Hot Topics At ACS Meeting
ACS 208th NATIONAL MEETING At the fall meeting of the American Chemical Society, from August 21 to 25 in Washington, D.C., the division of chemical education will be sponsoring a series of symposia scheduled to run through all five days of the conference. The sessions will feature 270 papers on a variety of topics relating to chemical education, including the teaching of undergraduate chemistry, "distance" learning for individuals
People : NYU's Courant Institute Appoints Director, Noted Genome Researcher Gets Environmental Health Award, NSF Names Chemistry Division Head; Obituary
People : NYU's Courant Institute Appoints Director, Noted Genome Researcher Gets Environmental Health Award, NSF Names Chemistry Division Head; Obituary
David McLaughlin -- NYU's Courant Institute Appoints Director Noted Genome Researcher, Francis Collins, Gets Environmental Health Award James Osteryoung -- NSF Names Chemistry Division Head Paleontologist William Elgin Swinton -- Obituary Date: July 11, 1994, pp.22 David W. McLaughlin, formerly a professor of mathematics at Princeton University in New Jersey, assumed his post as the new director of the Courant Institute of Ma
People : NYU's Courant Institute Appoints Director, Noted Genome Researcher Gets Environmental Health Award, NSF Names Chemistry Division Head; Obituary
People : NYU's Courant Institute Appoints Director, Noted Genome Researcher Gets Environmental Health Award, NSF Names Chemistry Division Head; Obituary
David McLaughlin -- NYU's Courant Institute Appoints Director Noted Genome Researcher, Francis Collins, Gets Environmental Health Award James Osteryoung -- NSF Names Chemistry Division Head Paleontologist William Elgin Swinton -- Obituary Date: July 11, 1994, pp.22 David W. McLaughlin, formerly a professor of mathematics at Princeton University in New Jersey, assumed his post as the new director of the Courant Institute of Ma

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Opinion

Interdisciplinary Collaborations Are A Scientific And Social Imperative
Interdisciplinary Collaborations Are A Scientific And Social Imperative
And Social Imperative We are well past the point at which the knowledge required to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and communities can come solely from lone investigators trying to unlock nature's secrets, or from the offerings of any single discipline. The myth of the solitary scientist in search of truth is a romantic notion whose continued existence serves as a major barrier to progress in bringing the collecti
Interdisciplinary Collaborations Are A Scientific And Social Imperative
Interdisciplinary Collaborations Are A Scientific And Social Imperative
And Social Imperative We are well past the point at which the knowledge required to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and communities can come solely from lone investigators trying to unlock nature's secrets, or from the offerings of any single discipline. The myth of the solitary scientist in search of truth is a romantic notion whose continued existence serves as a major barrier to progress in bringing the collecti

Letter

Peer Review
Peer Review
Regarding the article "Critics Sharpen Assault On Peer Review" by Paul McCarthy (The Scientist, May 30, 1994, page 1): While peer review is certainly not perfect, those of us who depend on it are well aware of its limitations and can work around them. The quality checks afforded by peer review far outweigh its shortcomings. Revealing a reviewer's identity is a good way to dilute or eliminate valuable and often valid criticism leadi
HIV and AIDS
HIV and AIDS
Robert Root-Bernstein's article (The Scientist, April 4, 1994, page 1) is part of an effort to undermine what is known about HIV. Many of the questions raised are valid, most have been asked before, and many are currently under investigation. A great deal of the information he presents as fact is distorted or untrue. For example, Anthony Fauci, former director of the National Institutes of Health's Office of AIDS Research, has not
HIV and AIDS
HIV and AIDS
As a former research associate in the Bristol Myers-Squibb (BMS) virology department, I worked in conjunction with our chemistry department on HIV protease research. Most of the sorts of questions posed by the article by Robert Root- Bernstein in the April 4, 1994, issue of The Scientist [page 1] are not addressed by BMS or most pharmaceutical companies. Their focus tends to be exclusively drug discovery, meaning groups work on enzy
HIV and AIDS
HIV and AIDS
Robert Root-Bernstein's article (The Scientist, April 4, 1994, page 1) is part of an effort to undermine what is known about HIV. Many of the questions raised are valid, most have been asked before, and many are currently under investigation. A great deal of the information he presents as fact is distorted or untrue. For example, Anthony Fauci, former director of the National Institutes of Health's Office of AIDS Research, has not
Peer Review
Peer Review
Regarding the article "Critics Sharpen Assault On Peer Review" by Paul McCarthy (The Scientist, May 30, 1994, page 1): While peer review is certainly not perfect, those of us who depend on it are well aware of its limitations and can work around them. The quality checks afforded by peer review far outweigh its shortcomings. Revealing a reviewer's identity is a good way to dilute or eliminate valuable and often valid criticism leadi
HIV and AIDS
HIV and AIDS
As a former research associate in the Bristol Myers-Squibb (BMS) virology department, I worked in conjunction with our chemistry department on HIV protease research. Most of the sorts of questions posed by the article by Robert Root- Bernstein in the April 4, 1994, issue of The Scientist [page 1] are not addressed by BMS or most pharmaceutical companies. Their focus tends to be exclusively drug discovery, meaning groups work on enzy

Commentary

Case Histories: A Valuable Testament To The Importance Of Biomedical Research
Case Histories: A Valuable Testament To The Importance Of Biomedical Research
Importance Of Biomedical Research TI : The May 30 edition of The Scientist carried the full text of an unprecedented document--a consensus statement endorsed by more than 150 diverse research organizations, professional societies, corporations, and other institutions--urging increased federal support for basic biomedical research. I fully support all of the points made in this statement, and I earnestly hope Congress and the Clint
Case Histories: A Valuable Testament To The Importance Of Biomedical Research
Case Histories: A Valuable Testament To The Importance Of Biomedical Research
Importance Of Biomedical Research TI : The May 30 edition of The Scientist carried the full text of an unprecedented document--a consensus statement endorsed by more than 150 diverse research organizations, professional societies, corporations, and other institutions--urging increased federal support for basic biomedical research. I fully support all of the points made in this statement, and I earnestly hope Congress and the Clint

Research

Stalking The Deadly Hantavirus: A Study In Teamwork
Stalking The Deadly Hantavirus: A Study In Teamwork
Editor's Note: This is the first part of a two-part series on hantavirus, the mysterious and lethal microorganism whose sudden appearance in the southwestern United States last year led to the deaths of more than a dozen people and sparked a flurry of activity in the research community. The following article recounts the swift and effective response to the frightening microbe by scientists of various disciplines. The second part of
Stalking The Deadly Hantavirus: A Study In Teamwork
Stalking The Deadly Hantavirus: A Study In Teamwork
Editor's Note: This is the first part of a two-part series on hantavirus, the mysterious and lethal microorganism whose sudden appearance in the southwestern United States last year led to the deaths of more than a dozen people and sparked a flurry of activity in the research community. The following article recounts the swift and effective response to the frightening microbe by scientists of various disciplines. The second part of

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Genetics
Genetics
S. Foote, D. Vollrath, A. Hilton, D.C. Page, "The human Y chromosome: Overlapping DNA clones spanning the euchromatic region," Science, 258:60-6, 1992. Simon Foote (Immunoparasitology Unit, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Victoria, Australia): "The initial path for the Human Genome Project has been well delineated. Initially, high-resolution maps, both genetic and physical, must be constructed, followed by th
Chemical Physics
Chemical Physics
D. Ugarte, "Curling and closure of graphitic networks under electron-beam irradiation," Nature, 359:707-9, 1992. Daniel Ugarte (Laboratörio Nacional de Luz Síncrotron, Campinas, Brazil): "This work was performed at the Institut de Physique Experimentale and the Institut Interdepartamental de Microscopie of the Ecole Polytechnique Fedrale de Lausanne in Switzerland. "Carbon is a very peculiar element and presents a wid
Genetics
Genetics
S. Foote, D. Vollrath, A. Hilton, D.C. Page, "The human Y chromosome: Overlapping DNA clones spanning the euchromatic region," Science, 258:60-6, 1992. Simon Foote (Immunoparasitology Unit, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Victoria, Australia): "The initial path for the Human Genome Project has been well delineated. Initially, high-resolution maps, both genetic and physical, must be constructed, followed by th
Chemical Physics
Chemical Physics
D. Ugarte, "Curling and closure of graphitic networks under electron-beam irradiation," Nature, 359:707-9, 1992. Daniel Ugarte (Laboratörio Nacional de Luz Síncrotron, Campinas, Brazil): "This work was performed at the Institut de Physique Experimentale and the Institut Interdepartamental de Microscopie of the Ecole Polytechnique Fedrale de Lausanne in Switzerland. "Carbon is a very peculiar element and presents a wid

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In Today's Labs, Disposable Plastics Play A Supporting, But Essential, Role
In Today's Labs, Disposable Plastics Play A Supporting, But Essential, Role
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Arts And Sciences Academy 'Revels In Independence'
Arts And Sciences Academy 'Revels In Independence'
"Certainly the arms control, federal government, and academic communities know about us, but our name recognition with the public is low," says academy executive officer Joel Orlen. "When I mention where I work, most people confuse the organization with the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group that gives out the Academy Awards." The academy recognizes accomplishment in mathematics, the physical and biolog
Arts And Sciences Academy 'Revels In Independence'
Arts And Sciences Academy 'Revels In Independence'
"Certainly the arms control, federal government, and academic communities know about us, but our name recognition with the public is low," says academy executive officer Joel Orlen. "When I mention where I work, most people confuse the organization with the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group that gives out the Academy Awards." The academy recognizes accomplishment in mathematics, the physical and biolog