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Science Diplomacy and Subtle Ways of Discouraging International Collaboration

Yellow fever killed hundreds of thousands of people and sickened many more throughout the 19th Century, and nobody knew for sure how it was spread or how to contain it. It was the most dreaded disease in the Americas, creating mass panic and destroying commerce. Read More

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House of Representatives Tells Pentagon to Ignore Climate Change Science

The House giveth, the House taketh away. Last Friday, I wrote about how the House Armed Services Committee, in its funding bill for the Department of Defense, encouraged DoD to give its scientists adequate funding to travel to scientific meetings. It was a great example of the House of Representatives supporting science and scientists. And then came West Virginia Representative David McKinley. Read More

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House Committee Supports Lifting Travel Restrictions for Government Scientists

I’ve written before about how burdensome and unnecessary travel restrictions prevent federal government scientists from participating in scientific meetings and collaborating with their peers. So I was delighted to see the following text in the accompanying report to the Defense Department authorizing bill that passed unanimously out of the House Armed Services Committee on May 7, which is worth quoting at some length (my emphasis added): Read More

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Dear Senate: Ease Travel Restrictions on Government Scientists

Most scientists who work for the government love doing so. They develop connections with others who share their dedication to public service, and see the immediate impact of their work reflected in real-world policies that protect public health and safety or the environment. But sometimes, politics gets in the way of their full participation in the scientific enterprise, wasting taxpayer dollars invested in the researchers themselves and jeopardizing the ability of the government to attract top scientific talent. Read More

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Two Cents on Two Wheels: Bike Sharing Makes Traveling for Work Easy

I travel regularly to scientific conferences for work and often contemplate whether I should stay farther away from the convention center to save UCS some cash. While places like New York and San Francisco have great public transportation, though, other metropolitan areas make commuting without a car considerably more time consuming.

But thanks to new bike share programs popping up in cities around the country, that decision is becoming easier and easier, as I found out this week in the Twin Cities (home of my alma mater) where I spoke at the Geological Society of America meeting. Read More

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