[Reblog]: Quale agenzia per quale ricerca

di Pietro Greco da Il Bo Nei giorni scorsi, l’11 luglio per la precisione, il nuovo ministro dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca, Marco Bussetti, ha illustrato le sue linee programmatiche al Senato, parlando alla Commissione VII (Istruzione pubblica, Beni culturali) del Senato e VII (Cultura, Scienza e Istruzione) della Camera, riunite congiuntamente. Negli ambienti scientifici ha…

Federal funding for science and engineering at universities down 6 percent

Latest figures show obligations down for R&D and facilities that support science and engineering June 30, 2015 Federal agencies obligated $29 billion to 995 science and engineering academic institutions in fiscal year 2013, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). The figure represents a 6…

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…

[Reblog]: The head of the House Committee on Science does not understand how science works

By Ashutosh Jogalekar | April 29, 2013 |  37 Share  Email  Print   Fermilab was designed by Robert Wilson, a physicist who made an impassioned plea for basic research in front of a Congressional committee (Image: Wikipedia Commons) It’s been said many times. Curiosity-driven research with no immediate application or goal is what has primarily led to science’s greatest discoveries as well…

[Reblog]: NSF Peer Review Under Scrutiny by House Science Panel

NSF Peer Review Under Scrutiny by House Science Panel by Jeffrey Mervis on 18 April 2013, 11:30 AM Science monitor. Lamar Smith has suggested a new litmus test for all research grants. Credit: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology The National Science Foundation (NSF) may soon be getting some unsolicited advice from Congress on how to…

[Reblog]: NSF Director to Leave for Carnegie Mellon University

by Jeffrey Mervis on 5 February 2013, 3:00 PM Subra Suresh Credit: NSF The director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today that he is leaving the $7-billion agency to become president of Carnegie Mellon University. Subra Suresh, an engineer and materials scientist, told NSF staff members that he would be departing at the end of March and taking up his…

[Reblog]: Fiscal Cliff Deal Delays Major Budget Cuts, but Includes Reductions That Could Affect Science

by Jeffrey Mervis on 2 January 2013, 12:05 PM Although few people are talking about it, the legislation passed yesterday by Congress to avert the fiscal cliff by revising tax policies also contains $4 billion in cuts this year to discretionary spending, including research. But it delays for 2 months the automatic, across-the-board reductions that science lobbyists have…

Tough choices

Nature 482, 275–276 (16 February 2012) doi:10.1038/482275b Scientists must find ways to make more efficient use of funds — or politicians may do it for them. Scientists in the United States can find plenty of good news as they page through President Barack Obama’s 2013 budget proposal. Despite substantial cuts elsewhere — and fierce pressure from Republicans to…