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Proliferation Of Research Parks Conceals Uneven Success Pattern
Proliferation Of Research Parks Conceals Uneven Success Pattern
Research parks usually exist on university land that is leased for a long term. The parks host industrial scientists and other workers, as well as university researchers from natural science and occasionally social science disciplines. The main attraction to private industry is the university, particularly access to its faculty and educated work force, libraries, and special instrumentation facilities. For university scientists, the draw is the added vigor of aligning their work with a company'
Clinical Researchers Adapting To Mandate For More Diversity In Study Populations
Clinical Researchers Adapting To Mandate For More Diversity In Study Populations
WASHINGTON -- Clinical investigators trying to include more women and minorities in their studies must rethink the traditional researcher-subject relationships and pay more attention to the needs of populations. And while the immediate costs of complying with federal mandates for increasing the use of underrepresented populations as research subjects may be significant, the long-term consequences of not doing so may be considerable, they say. "When I sit on committees, I hear members of re
Computers Seen Revolutionizing Research Labs
Computers Seen Revolutionizing Research Labs
Three computers - an IBM PC and two Sun workstations-sit on the desk of molecular biologist Richard Roberts, assistant director for research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island. Roberts routinely uses all three in the course of a day, moving easily from word processing to a search of DNA and protein databases to a display of sequences, and to running simulation models of DNA methylases, special proteins that stop restriction enzymes from cutting bits of genetic material. "I loo

Opinion

Sound Science Policy Requires Better Data Management
Sound Science Policy Requires Better Data Management
AUTHOR: DARYL E. CHUBIN AND ELIZABETH M. ROBINSON, p.11 How can Congress ensure that the best science continues to be funded, and that a full portfolio of research is maintained? The answer, in large part, is to collect sufficient and relevant data on the research enterprise in the United States, and to see that it is circulated efficiently among decision makers. The information should include, at a minimum, details on how research moneys are spent, on the scientific work force, on the key ele

Profession

Tips For Applying To Private Foundations For Grant Money
Tips For Applying To Private Foundations For Grant Money
if (n == null) The Scientist - Tips For Applying To Private Foundations For Grant Money The Scientist 5[18]:20, Sep. 16, 1991 Profession Tips For Applying To Private Foundations For Grant Money By Liane Reif-Lehrer Lack of adequate funding is the nemesis of today's scientific research. As money gets tighter, many scientists who have relied entirely on the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and other government agencies for res
NSF's Ph.D. Salary Survey Finds Minorities Earn Less Than Whites
NSF's Ph.D. Salary Survey Finds Minorities Earn Less Than Whites
Editor's Note: This story is the second in a two-part series on the National Science Foundation's Biennial Ph.D. Survey. The first part, which focused on the salaries of men and women scientists, appeared in the Aug. 19, 1991, issue of The Scientist. The study was conducted by the National Science Foundation in 1989 for release this year. NSF surveyed 73,611 Ph.D. scientists of varying levels of experience, with a response rate of 55 percent. The findings show that the median annual sala
Chemical Engineer Rakesh Jain Assumes New Posts At Boston Medical Institutions
Chemical Engineer Rakesh Jain Assumes New Posts At Boston Medical Institutions
Jain, 40, acknowledges with a laugh that it is unusual for someone with his training to embark on a medical v career. 'when I first came to the United States, in 1972," he says, "I never thought I'd work in cancer. My whole career has been doing something I never thought I'd be doing. I'm a chemical engineer-most of us design refineries and things like that." Jain's main research interest is tumor pathophysiology, including tumor microcirculation, heat and mass transport in tumor

Technology

DNA Software Takes The Drudgery Out Of Molecular Biology
DNA Software Takes The Drudgery Out Of Molecular Biology
Author: RICKI LEWIS, p.23 It is expected to take some 15 years to determine the sequence of the 3 billion base pairs that make up the human genome--roughly 550,000 base pairs per day. An analytical task of this magnitude would have been unthinkable just a few years ago, but today's rapidly advancing computer technology has made the international effort to sequence the human genome possible. C.B.S. Scientific Co. Inc. P.O. Box 856 Del Mar, Calif. 92014 Phone: (619) 755-4959 Fax: (619) 755-