TS Picks: December 14, 2015

New PhDs boost economy; Dutch universities strike open-access deal with Elsevier; #scibucketlist

Dec 14, 2015
Tracy Vence

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Selections from The Scientist's reading list:
 

  • In addition to tracking the earnings of new PhDs in the Midwest, Bruce Weinberg of Ohio State University and his collaborators have shown “the clear value of the investments in higher education made through state universities and by other institutions of higher learning as a whole,” James Batteas, a chemist at Texas A&M University who was not part of the study, told Chemical & Engineering News. “While the links we found are not causal, this work is a first step toward describing the connection between research funding and the economy,” Julia Lane, an economist at New York University who led the study, said in a press release.
     
  • Can you imagine the perfect field expedition or wet-lab experiment? On Twitter, researchers have been sharing their #scibucketlist items. Last week (December 12), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden wrote: “To cross the finish line in the fight to eradicate #polio.” (Hat tip: STAT News)
     
  • After a year of deliberation, Dutch universities have struck a deal with the Amsterdam-based publisher Elsevier: as part of a new, three-year agreement, researchers at subscribing institutions will have the option of publishing open-access papers in a selection of journals, Times Higher Education reported last week (December 10). “The agreement is in line with the objective of Sander Dekker, State Secretary at the Ministry for Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands, to transition Dutch scientific output towards an open access publishing model,” the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) said in a statement.