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New NAS report details economic impacts of science research

The National Academies Press (created by the National Academy of Sciences to publish the reports of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council) has released a new report, entitled Furthering America’s Research Enterprise. A pre-publication version of this report is available for free download from the National Academies website at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18804. According to the report’s introduction: This study was requested by…

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National Academies announces data challenge

The National Academy of Sciences Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI; www.nas.edu/brdi) is holding an open challenge to increase awareness of current issues and opportunities in research data and information. These issues include, but are not limited to, accessibility, integration, discoverability, reuse, sustainability, perceived versus real value and reproducibility. Opportunities include, but are not limited to, analyzing such data and information in new ways to achieve significant societal benefit.…

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The Science of Science Communication II

Climate change. . . evolution . . . the obesity crisis . . . nanotechnology: These are but a few of the scientific topics dominating the world stage today. Yet discourse surrounding these and other science-based issues is often overwhelmed by controversy and conflicting perceptions, hampering understanding and action. The continuing challenges facing scientists, professional communicators, and the interested public as they seek to exchange information about science has resulted…

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NAS Conference: The Science of Science Communication

The National Academy of Sciences invites you to attend a colloquium on The Science of Science Communication. Event Dates: May 21, 2012 to May 22, 2012 Location: Washington, DC, United States Website: http://www.nasonline.org/programs/sackler-colloquia/upcoming-colloquia/science-communication.html Anyone who has followed the public dialogue on such topics as evolution, stem cell research, or climate change knows how daunting effective science communication can be. Discussions over science are often freighted with cultural, political, and moral…

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