Canada’s top scientist faces tough challenge

Researchers have big hopes for Kirsty Duncan, the country’s newly appointed scientist-turned-science minister. Nicola Jones 22 December 2015 Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press/PA. Kirsty Duncan was first elected to Canada’s Parliament in 2008. Kirsty Duncan, the medical geographer who last month became Canada’s first Minister of Science, has a big mandate: to ensure that scientific considerations again figure into…

Scienza fondamentale: brutti segnali dal continente americano

Dopo la proposta di rivedere il meccanismo di valutazione dei grant della National Science Foundation da parte del deputato american Lamar Smith (leggi la notizia), in direzione di una ricerca che sia volta allo sviluppo economico o alla sicurezza nazionale, ora anche il Canada mette in dubbio l’utilità di una ricerca curiosity-driven. Il presidente del…

Tutto il mondo è paese

by Wayne Kondro Budget afoot. Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty buys ritual shoes before presenting this year’s budget. Credit: Department of Finance, Canada The arrival of the federal budget has become like Groundhog Day for Canadian scientists. Every year, the government’s finance minister pokes his head out and unveils a series of measures that result in heightened competition…