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Adriana Hoffmann, Botanist and Environmentalist, Dies at Age 82
Hoffmann traveled through Chile cataloging its rare flora. Later, she fought to defend the country’s forests from commercial deforestation.
ABOVE: Courtesy of Leonora Calderón Hoffmann
Adriana Hoffmann, Botanist and Environmentalist, Dies at Age 82
Adriana Hoffmann, Botanist and Environmentalist, Dies at Age 82

Hoffmann traveled through Chile cataloging its rare flora. Later, she fought to defend the country’s forests from commercial deforestation.

Hoffmann traveled through Chile cataloging its rare flora. Later, she fought to defend the country’s forests from commercial deforestation.

ABOVE: Courtesy of Leonora Calderón Hoffmann

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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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Mysterious Havana Syndrome Not a Foreign Attack: CIA
Jef Akst | Jan 20, 2022
Sharing interim findings of an investigation into strange illnesses among US diplomats and intelligence officials, the CIA says it’s unlikely that they are the result of directed energy or other weapon levied by an adversary.
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Biden Picks Robert Califf to Head the FDA for a Second Time
Chloe Tenn | Nov 12, 2021
The cardiologist was briefly the FDA Commissioner in the Obama Administration, and now has a second chance to act on plans he tried to implement during his first tenure.
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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.
UK Announces “High-Risk, High-Reward” Research Development Agency
Lisa Winter | Feb 23, 2021
The program, known as ARIA, will be independent and scientist-led.
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EPA Finalizes Much-Criticized “Transparency” Rule
Shawna Williams | Jan 5, 2021
The regulation, which requires that the agency give preference to dose-response studies in which the underlying data are available, could downplay findings key to defining the dangers of pollution.
Robert May, Theoretical Ecologist Who Advised UK Gov’t, Dies
Jef Akst | Apr 30, 2020
The Australian physicist-turned-biologist served as a top scientist in the UK government and president of the Royal Society, among other prestigious appointments.
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BARDA Director Departs Post Overseeing COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts
Jef Akst | Apr 22, 2020
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.
Trump Suspends WHO Funds, Alleges a Poor COVID-19 Response
Amy Schleunes | Apr 15, 2020
President Donald Trump claims the World Health Organization failed to investigate early reports of the coronavirus, while public health experts argue that stripping the agency of its funding endangers us all.
Visiting Researcher Indicted for Failure to Disclose Military Role
Amy Schleunes | Feb 24, 2020
The case of a lieutenant in the Chinese army who studied physics at Boston University points to broader vulnerabilities in US academia, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Florida Cracks Down on Foreign Government Involvement in Research
Emily Makowski | Jan 15, 2020
Four University of Florida faculty members leave their jobs as a state committee that formed last month pledges to investigate individual researchers and institutions.
EPA Science Board Criticizes Proposed Regulatory Rollbacks
Emily Makowski | Jan 3, 2020
Most of the panel’s members were appointed by the Trump administration.
Italy to Launch National Agency for Research
Jef Akst | Nov 13, 2019
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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EPA Plans Modifications to Controversial Transparency Proposal
Shawna Williams | Nov 12, 2019
The changes would further restrict which scientific findings can be used in drafting regulations.
Trump Picks Cancer Researcher Stephen Hahn for FDA Commissioner
Emily Makowski | Nov 4, 2019
The radiation oncologist and chief medical executive at MD Anderson Cancer Center has not worked in government previously.
Hundreds of Scientists Declare Support for Extinction Rebellion
Ashley Yeager | Oct 15, 2019
Signatories of the declaration say the need for governments to act on human-driven climate change is too urgent to stay silent.
Trump Administration Drops Two Advisory Boards on Environment
Emily Makowski | Oct 2, 2019
Two panels devoted to reviewing/recommending policy on marine protected areas and invasive species were eliminated.
Federal Agency Proposes Rule Against Graduate Student Unions
Emily Makowski | Sep 23, 2019
The National Labor Relations Board has gone back-and-forth on whether graduate students at private universities can form unions three times in the past 19 years.
Trump Administration Overturns Clean Water Regulation
Emily Makowski | Sep 16, 2019
The repeal will return the US to water standards from 1986.