U of Michigan to upgrade historic Detroit Observatory
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has plans to upgrade the second-oldest building on the Ann Arbor campus.
The Ann Arbor News reports the university's Board of Regents has...
Scientists in Hungary protest govt takeover of research
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Scientists in Hungary on Tuesday protested government efforts to take control of their research funding, a move they say endangers academic freedom.
Several thousand people formed a human chain around the headquarters of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, urging the academy's leaders to fight the government plan and hold onto their independence.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Most students fail the first midterm in Michael Young's organic chemistry lecture at the University of Toledo. In spring 2017, the average was a 50. But one student, Daniel Liu, scored a 99.
"He smoked the competition," Young said.
Daniel is now a researcher in Young's lab. He co-authored a paper, published on May 22, that promises a faster, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly way to make pharmaceutical drugs and pesticides.
SEATTLE (AP) — State regulators on Monday tentatively denied a request by Willapa Bay oyster growers to use a pesticide to control shrimp that burrow in oyster and clam beds and make it hard for the shellfish to grow.
In denying a permit, the Department of Ecology said that new scientific research and data show the pesticide imidacloprid would have too great an impact on other marine organisms, wildlife and the environment.
Justice Department accuses Iranian government of massive cybertheft ring
The Department of Justice has accused the Iranian government of sponsoring a massive hacking scheme to steal scientific research from universities, private companies and government agencies both in the United States and abroad.
Sea Grant program getting $218K grant
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — A federal-University of New Hampshire program that provides scientific research to improve coastal and marine management is getting a $218,000 grant.
The Sea Grant Program focuses its efforts in four areas: environmental literacy and workforce development; healthy coastal ecosystems; coastal communities and economies; and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.
UMass gets Chan Zuckerberg grant for scientific project
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts has received a $5.5 million grant from a philanthropy founded by the man behind Facebook and his wife to create a way to search millions of scientific research articles.
The grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to UMass's Center for Data Science will create the Computable Knowledge project using a form of artificial intelligence. The initiative was founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.
Tulane gets $3.7M military grant to develop computer tech
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Tulane University professor is getting a $3.7 million, three-year military grant to help develop computing technology.
The university announced Tuesday that professor Michael Mislove, chair of Tulane's computer science department, received the grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
Jessica Farrell: Eastern Kentucky reaps the benefits of science funding
Boston, Massachusetts, and Ashland, Kentucky, are worlds apart - politically, culturally, and geographically. I have lived in both worlds, and the two regions feel separated by much more than just 800 miles. However, these two economies share something in common - they both benefit from the scientific research that comes from non-defense federal funding.
Harvey deals major blow to UT marine research institute
In the days before Harvey hit Port Aransas, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin's Marine Science Institute prepared the campus for a heavy storm. They moved chemicals onto high ground and secured some turtles in a sturdy metal building.
When the federal budget funds scientific research, it’s the economy that benefits
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Christopher Keane, Washington State University
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Two people who exposed problems from lead-tainted water in Flint have been selected for MIT Media Lab Disobedience awards.
Flint pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Virginia Tech University engineering professor Marc Edwards will receive the award Friday in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They will share a $250,000 cash prize.
An individual and two groups also will be honored as finalists.
MADRID (AP) — Astrophysicists whose work led to the ground-breaking detection of cosmic gravitational waves first predicted by Einstein have been awarded Spain's Princess of Asturias 2017 scientific research.
Prize organizers said Wednesday the award went to American physicians Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish and to the LIGO Scientific Collaboration group of international astrophysicists.
AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — For nearly 30 years, Eastern box turtles living in Aiken Estates and Hitchcock Woods in Aiken have been generating data for scientific research.
On their shells, they wear radio transmitters, which allow Dr. Lehr Brisbin and his colleagues at the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory to keep track of where the turtles roam and where they settle down when they enter winter dormancy, which also is known as hibernation.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The mayor of the city of Eugene and Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken are urging state lawmakers to approve $100 million in immediate financing for a proposed University of Oregon scientific research facility.
Mayor Lucy Vinis and University of Oregon President Michael Schill went to Salem this week to ask state lawmakers to finance part of the complex before the end of the legislative session, The Register-Guard reported (http://bit.ly/2rQjM4o).
Abortion restrictions pass Missouri House
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has passed stricter requirements for tracking fetal tissue after abortions.
The bill passed Monday with a 117-40 vote. It now moves to the Senate.
The proposal prohibits anyone from donating fetal tissue from an abortion to scientific research and sets stricter standards for pathologists to record and track fetal tissue after an abortion procedure.
Armed with charts, numbers and data of all kinds, scientists and supporters of the sciences convened on Sam Houston Park on Bagby Street downtown Saturday to send a message to President Donald Trump and about his proposed cuts to the National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency and other programs that fund scientific research at the federal level.
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Northern New Englanders turn out for science marches
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Thousands of Northern New Englanders turned out for pro-science marches and rallies Saturday to coincide with the March for Science events happening around the world.
Organizers said the demonstrations were to show support of scientific research and evidenced-based policies and defend them from attacks and reduced federal funding.
Some of the people reading this sentence, maybe even you, would be dead without science. That certainly applies to me: As a diabetic since my teenage years, I am alive today only because of scientific research that discovered insulin.
NOAA’s biggest ship comes home after longest voyage
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's largest oceanographic research vessel has returned to its homeport after the longest deployment of any ship in the agency's history.
NOAA Ship Robert H. Brown spent almost 800 days at sea during the 3½-year deployment. NOAA says the ship traveled almost 130,000 miles conducting scientific research and servicing buoys that collect environmental data.
Bruce Weinberg, The Ohio State University
Latest Trump budget cuts at a glance
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump White House is proposing to cut $18 billion from a variety of domestic programs and foreign aid accounts in ongoing talks on a wrap-up spending package for the ongoing 2017 budget year. The cuts — to education, infrastructure, medical and scientific research, and numerous grants to state and local governments — are in addition to cuts proposed earlier in the month for the upcoming budget year.
BOSTON (AP) — Congresswoman Niki Tsongas is pushing for legislation she says will help insulate government-directed scientific research from the influence of political pressure and special interests.
The Lowell Democrat said the bill would require federal agencies that conduct or fund scientific research to develop policies aimed at guaranteeing their research is conducted and published without undue influence, censorship or distortion.
BEIJING (AP) — A senior Chinese government adviser has warned that the country's internet censorship is hampering scientific research and economic development, in a rare public criticism of a sensitive policy that the government has vigorously defended.
Federal bill strengthens separation of science and politics
Congressional Democrats including New Mexico Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are pushing back against the Trump administration to prevent it from interfering with scientific research and publicly available information.
The state’s senators are among 27 co-sponsors of a bill introduced into Congress this week that would amend the 1998 Scientific Integrity Act to prohibit political will from influencing scientific data or research produced by federal agencies.
Group: Government animal disease lab needs better oversight
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A government lab in Madison that researches dangerous illnesses such as chronic wasting disease and West Nile virus has mishandled some of the animals used in testing and needs increased oversight, an environmental group has alleged.
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Group: Government animal disease lab needs better oversight
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A government lab in Madison that researches dangerous illnesses such as chronic wasting disease and West Nile virus has mishandled some of the animals used in testing and needs increased oversight, an environmental group alleges in a complaint filed Thursday.
Oregon state senator resigns to take U of O job
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon has announced that state Sen. Chris Edwards will join the university next month to help develop a new scientific research facility funded by a $500 million pledge from Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife.
The senator announced he will resign to prevent any perception of conflict of interest.
PUHI — Kauai Community College’s own Elizabeth Kain has published her first scientific research paper with the help of the Kauai Surfrider Foundation, and the findings have proven significant for Kauai’s endangered seabirds.
The paper is entitled “Plastic ingestion by Newell’s and wedge-tailed shearwaters in Hawaii,” and looks at the connection between ocean plastics and the seabirds.
Nike co-founder pledges $500 million to University of Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife have pledged $500 million to the University of Oregon toward a new scientific research facility.
The donation is the largest ever awarded to UO and is meant to launch a $1 billion, 10-year effort to build a three-building complex and add new graduate students and post-doctoral researchers to the university, The Register-Guard reported (https://is.gd/AKl7vr ).