Strong Caveats Are Lacking As News Stories Trumpet Preliminary COVID-19 Research
Some argue that rapid data sharing is ideally suited for infectious disease outbreaks like the one we’re experiencing now. However, the prospect of public access to unvetted work sparked worry about potential health scares and patients demanding unproven treatments.
Leadership to Change a Culture of Sexual Harassment
How, then, does an agency like NSF—which has considerable influence but limited direct authority—work with the community and other institutions to implement change on issues that cannot wait? The case of NSF's work to combat harassment in the science community, a persistent problem for decades that remains shockingly widespread, is illustrative.
Point of View: Mitigating the Impact of Conference and Travel Cancellations on Researchers' Futures
As the scientific community adapts to new working conditions in response to the growing pandemic, early-career researchers recommend actions to help lessen the unintended consequences of canceled conferences.
The Move to Online College is Hitting Adjunct Professors the Hardest
Non-tenure track faculty at community and city colleges across the country told Motherboard they have not received sufficient pay, training, or equipment to teach classes online-and the consequences could be devastating for students.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is in the midst of digesting public comments toward finalizing a data sharing policy. Although the draft policy is generally supportive of data sharing, it needs strengthening if we are to collectively achieve a long-standing vision of open science built on the FAIR principles.
EPA Proposes Broad Science Restrictions in Midst of Coronavirus Pandemic
The Environmental Protection Agency moved today to restrict the types of research that can be used in public health protection decisions and scientific assessments. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the agency is recklessly giving the public just 30 days to comment on this sweeping proposal.
What Does It Take to Achieve Science-informed Policy?
Giving the keynote address at the 2020 Centre for Science and Policy Annual Lecture, Dame Sally shared her behind-the-scenes account of her work on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, while reflecting on what it takes to get the right science to inform the right policy questions at the right time.
How do government, public policy development processes, and science interact? How can scientists engage with the policy world? How do politics, evidence and the logistics of delivery play into policymaking decisions?
The future European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) can be the answer to societal challenges as they emerge. The goal of EOSC is to open up all scientific data and publications and combine the results to drive new discoveries and tackle key societal challenges.
While scientists are trying to share facts about the epidemic, the administration either blocks those facts or restates them with contradictions. Transmission rates and death rates are not measurements that can be changed with will and an extroverted presentation.
Get Political Reporters off the Coronavirus Story Because They Don't Distinguish Between Right and Wrong
News organizations should take political reporters – and perhaps even more importantly, political editors – entirely out of the loop on this story. It’s too important to be covered as a two-sided battle over who’s winning the narrative.
The volume of data stored in research institutions is growing, and the rate at which it is growing is accelerating. Spending and effort and resources are being duplicated needlessly, and so this opinion piece argues for the establishment of a national infrastructure for research data management.