:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 03-14-2012
Disclosure: I don’t believe that we are in as bad a shape as some would have us believe. Nonetheless, in a recent survey conducted by Research!America more than half of likely voters doubt that the United States will be the No. 1 world leader in science, technology and health care by the year 2020.
Significant findings include:
- 57% are upset by cuts in federal spending for medical and health research
- 54% think that federal spending for medical and health research should be exempt from across-the-board cuts outlined in the Budget Control Act of 2011
- 58% of Americans do not believe the United States will be a world leader in science and technology in 2020
- 53% of Americans do not believe the United States will be a world leader in health care in 2020
- 65% of Americans say it’s important that the U.S. is a leader in medical and health research
- 85% of likely voters are concerned about the impact of a decreased federal investment in research, including the possibility of scientists leaving their profession or moving abroad to countries with a stronger investment in research
- 66% of likely voters believe government investment in medical and health research will have an impact on the future of the United States
- Nearly 70% of Americans believe science and math education will have an impact on the future of the United States
There is, of course, an upside to all of these negative findings, and that is that more than half of likely voters (64%) say they would be more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who supports increased government funding for medical and health research. We are fortunate to live in a strong democracy. We have the power to change the future!
What are your thoughts?
:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 03-06-2012
Proteomics is about to take a big leap forward, that is if the NIH can help it.
Last week, the NIH put out a request for information aimed at determining how best to accelerate research in disruptive proteomics technologies. The organization is hoping that submissions will aim to greatly outperform current mass spec technologies and introduce an all new way of advancing proteomic questions.
According to the proposal:
The Disruptive Proteomics Technologies (DPT) Working Group of the NIH Common Fund wishes to identify gaps and opportunities in current technologies and methodologies related to proteome-wide measurements. For the purposes of this RFI, “disruptive” is defined as very rapid, very significant gains, similar to the “disruptive” technology development that occurred in DNA sequencing technology.
These are exciting times for the field of proteomics. Don’t be left behind! Click here to find out more on how to get involved today!
:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 11-23-2011
GenomeWeb Daily News is reporting that a dozen Congressional leaders tasked with striking a bipartisan agreement to cut the federal deficit said yesterday that they have failed to reach a deal, and that failure would now trigger a plan that would, if enacted, cut research funding across the government by nearly 8 percent.
What impact do you believe this might have on your research activities?
Click here to read more.
:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 09-13-2011
In the video below, Mendelspod interviews Jonathan Eisen, winner of the 2011 Benjamin Franklin Award and Academic editor in chief of PLOS biology. Dr. Eisen talks about the open science movement which is all about sharing and spreading knowledge. (It’s a long interview, but if you stick around to the end you’ll get a nice treat on the “brain doping” april fool’s gag.)
Stalking the Fourth Domain with Jonathan Eisen, Ph D from mendelspod on Vimeo.
:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 09-06-2011
I am very psyched for the PHD movie! Does that make me a huge nerd or nostalgic for my days as a graduate student? The trailer has definitely captured my attention. Are you attending a screening. First round of showings are next week!
Checkout PHDcomics.com/movie for show times.
PHD Movie Trailer from PHD Comics on Vimeo.