It has been a long time in the making, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) finally released its scientific integrity policy, which prohibits agency employees from distorting science and protects the rights of NOAA scientists to speak openly about their work and to report wrongdoing.
Canada has launched a new policy on responsible conduct of research. Read more
Following a decree on 27 August that brought the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) under government management (see ‘A very Turkish coup’), nearly half of its 138 members have resigned, protesting the loss of the academy’s independence. On 2 December, 17 of those who resigned launched an alternative academy.
The German federal research minister, Annette Schavan, welcomed plans from the European Commission to continue to fund stem cell research in the Horizon 2020 research funding programme which will run from 2014-2020.
The whistle-blower group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) has filed a scientific integrity complaint against the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM), because, it says, the agency is excluding grazing data from an ecological study of the American West for political reasons.
A report released on 30 November by the National Research Council (NRC) comes out strongly in favor of free, easy public access to the voluminous data gathered by government inspectors on individual meat and egg processors.
He’s gained a reputation as a savvy advocate for science funding; so it isn’t surprising to see mechanical engineer Arun Majumdar (pictured) nominated as the next Undersecretary of Energy at the US Department of Energy. Read more
Chancellor George Osborne announced £200 million for science infrastructure projects in his annual Autumn Statement.
More details have emerged about the intriguingly named Materials Genome Initiative (MGI), a US$100-million materials-research programme under which a variety of US science-funding agencies are working to halve the time it takes for newly discovered materials to reach the market.