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Plant Biologist Jane Silverthorne Dies at 69
Silverthorne shaped the development of many NSF programs driving innovation in plant biology and agriculture. 
Plant Biologist Jane Silverthorne Dies at 69
Plant Biologist Jane Silverthorne Dies at 69

Silverthorne shaped the development of many NSF programs driving innovation in plant biology and agriculture. 

Silverthorne shaped the development of many NSF programs driving innovation in plant biology and agriculture. 

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Scientists Consider How Overturning Roe Might Affect Research
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Sep 7, 2022 | 6 min read
Researchers who work with materials such as fetal tissue and human embryonic stem cells are facing new restrictions, the latest in a long line of regulations, that could impede important advances.
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Major, Groundbreaking Increase in Hype in Grant Applications
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Aug 30, 2022 | 3 min read
Projects funded by the National Institutes of Health increasingly employ subjective and promotional language in describing research, a study finds.
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No More Paywalls on Federally Funded Research: White House
Shawna Williams | Aug 25, 2022 | 2 min read
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NSF Grant Funding Is Racially Biased, Study Finds
Andy Carstens | Jul 27, 2022 | 2 min read
A review of more than two decades of data finds racial disparities in the success rate of National Science Foundation grant proposals.
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ARPA-H to Be Within NIH but Independently Managed by HHS
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Apr 1, 2022 | 3 min read
After lobbying efforts from lawmakers and science advisors, the new, DARPA-like biomedical research agency will be a part of the National Institutes of Health, but its director will report directly to the secretary of Health and Human Services.
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UNC Research Chief Admits to Plagiarism, Resigns
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Mar 11, 2022 | 2 min read
Geneticist Terry Magnuson steps down as vice-chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after he copied text from multiple sources he found online into a grant application. 
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US Senate Passes Bill for Nearly $250 Billion in Science Funding
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Jun 9, 2021 | 2 min read
The legislation, which now heads to the House, aims to ensure the country can compete with China technologically by supporting research and development over the next five years.
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White House Assembles Task Force to Sever Politics from Science
Lisa Winter | May 10, 2021 | 2 min read
The 46-person panel will identify instances when politics got in the way of science since 2009.
Updated June 1
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Science Advisor Nominee Faces Tough Questions from Senate Panel
Jef Akst | Apr 30, 2021 | 2 min read
Senators raise concerns about how Eric Lander of the Broad Institute has handled equality issues.
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Opinion: Include Public Outreach Plans in Grant Requirements
Matthew Woodruff and Alexander Woodruff | Apr 29, 2021 | 3 min read
Tying federal research funding to scientists’ efforts to inform and engage the public can help fix widespread indifference to science.
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US Lawmakers Propose Doubling of NSF Funding
Asher Jones | Mar 29, 2021 | 2 min read
A bipartisan bill aims to increase the National Science Foundation’s budget over the next five years and form a new technology directorate.
A Geneticist’s Quest to Understand His Son’s Mysterious Disease
Tracie White | Jan 1, 2021 | 4 min read
Ronald Davis of Stanford University changed his focus to research on ME/CFS, the disease formerly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, in a bid to help his son and others like him.
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Scientists Oppose NSF’s New Graduate Fellowship Priority
Kerry Grens | Aug 7, 2020 | 2 min read
More than 3,000 researchers have signed on to a petition that expresses concern over the agency’s 2021 application for the funding program, which emphasizes three areas of computational science and might further disadvantage underrepresented groups.
Updated Aug 9
BARDA Director Departs Post Overseeing COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts
Jef Akst | Apr 22, 2020 | 3 min read
Rick Bright will no longer head the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority and will instead work at the National Institutes of Health on diagnostics for SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Opinion: Taking the Pulse of Horizon Europe
Marc Baiget Francesch | Feb 17, 2020 | 4 min read
The plan to revitalize the European innovation landscape is entering a transition.
Italy to Launch National Agency for Research
Jef Akst | Nov 13, 2019 | 2 min read
The country’s new government appears to have heard the call from academics for an independent body to distribute federal research funds.
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Opinion: Taxpayers Should Cover Portion of Patent Costs
Paul R. Sanberg | Oct 9, 2019 | 4 min read
Federal grant support for technology transfer at universities will strengthen the national innovation system.
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Opinion: Are 71 NCI-Designated Cancer Centers Too Many?
David Rubenson | Aug 29, 2019 | 3 min read
A program to encourage transdisciplinary research at top cancer centers has evolved into a counterproductive national strategy for organizing cancer research.
Trump Signs Executive Order Tying Grant Money to Free Speech
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 22, 2019 | 2 min read
It’s unclear how the order, which charges academic institutions to follow existing rules regarding the First Amendment, will be implemented and enforced.
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