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Stanford to Launch New Climate Change School This Fall
The launch of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability—the first new school at the university in 70 years—comes thanks to a $1.1 billion gift from a venture capitalist and his wife.
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Stanford to Launch New Climate Change School This Fall
Stanford to Launch New Climate Change School This Fall

The launch of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability—the first new school at the university in 70 years—comes thanks to a $1.1 billion gift from a venture capitalist and his wife.

The launch of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability—the first new school at the university in 70 years—comes thanks to a $1.1 billion gift from a venture capitalist and his wife.

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UK Funding Agency Apologizes for Role in Researchfish Controversy
Natalia Mesa | Apr 20, 2022
Researchfish is a platform commonly used to track the status of grants and the impacts of research. When academics were critical of the company online, Researchfish shared these comments with the largest funding agency in the UK, and the scientists’ comments were sometimes shared with their employers.
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Biden Orders More Research on Long COVID
Christie Wilcox | Apr 6, 2022
A new presidential memorandum requires the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate a government-wide push to generate a research action plan for the condition.
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ARPA-H to Be Within NIH but Independently Managed by HHS
Natalia Mesa | Apr 1, 2022
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 | Mar 11, 2022
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 Spending Bill to Provide New Funds for Science and Health
Catherine Offord | Mar 10, 2022
The legislation, passed by the House of Representatives yesterday, will increase research agencies’ budgets by around 5 percent in 2022 and support the creation of a new health agency.
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Q&A: A Randomized Approach to Awarding Grants
Natalia Mesa | Feb 25, 2022
Denmark’s Novo Nordisk Foundation says it hopes that adding a randomization step to its award process will reduce implicit biases in selection and lead to funding more innovative, impactful research.
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Most Medical Papers Didn’t Disclose Industry Payments: Preprint
Natalia Mesa | Jan 24, 2022
Authors of papers published in JAMA and NEJM received millions in undisclosed payments in 2017, an analysis finds.
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CZI Pledges Billions More Dollars in Science Funding
Catherine Offord | Dec 9, 2021
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg are dedicating a further $3.4 billion to biomedical and human health research on top of $3 billion invested several years ago, the organization announced this week.
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HHMI Kickstarts $2 Billion Initiative to Boost Diversity in STEM
Chloe Tenn | Nov 23, 2021
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute will invest the funds over 10 years across all stages of the STEM pipeline.
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How Brexit Is Transforming the UK’s STEM Community
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 1, 2021
Scientists face the ramifications of the country’s departure from the European Union, from delays in laboratory supplies to difficulties hiring international students and faculty.
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Q&A: Nearly Every Single Human Gene Can Be Linked to Cancer
Dan Robitzski | Oct 29, 2021
The Scientist spoke with University of Liverpool aging and longevity researcher João Pedro de Magalhães about how human biases can influence scientific priorities and outcomes in genetics.
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Leading Japanese Primate Research Center is Closing
Chloe Tenn | Oct 19, 2021
Kyoto University is shuttering its Primate Research Institute after its director was dismissed for misuse of funding.
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Scientists Face a Third Round of Charges by Mexican Government
Chloe Tenn | Oct 15, 2021
Nearly three dozen of Mexico’s leading researchers are being accused of money laundering, embezzlement, and organized crime, a move other academics say is politically motivated.
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Opinion: Policymakers’ Harmful Anti-China Obsession
Christopher Tonnu Jackson | Sep 28, 2021
Justifying science funding through the lens of global competition risks fostering racial bias and discrimination.
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New HHMI Investigator Cohort Announced
Chloe Tenn | Sep 23, 2021
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute appoints 33 new researchers, each of whom will receive roughly $9 million over seven years.
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NIH Changes Extension Policy to Better Support Women PIs
Chloe Tenn | Sep 20, 2021
The revision allows more time on previous extensions due to COVID-19 and other life events such as childbirth that disproportionately impact early-career women in science.  
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US House Committee Proposes Increases to Research Funding
Annie Melchor | Jul 14, 2021
Although many of the hikes are less than what the Biden administration had requested, the draft legislation calls for a boost in spending for agencies like NASA, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Energy.
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Maria Leptin Appointed President of European Research Council
Shawna Williams | Jul 7, 2021
The funding agency for basic research had been led by an interim president for more than a year.
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Quest for Research Freedom Fuels African Biotech Boom
Linda Nordling | Jul 1, 2021
Tired of dancing to the tunes of international funders, and doubtful that long-promised national grants will come, a handful of African biomedical scientists have turned to private investors to bankroll their dreams of autonomy in the lab.