Roundup 3/2: Ups and Downs Edition

The research dean of the Karolinska Institute, clinical chemist Karl Tryggvason, has been dismissed from his post after an investigation found that he "exerted undue influence" on funding decisions affecting professors at the organization. Said Karolinska President Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson: "It is unacceptable for a senior member of our university to act in this way."

In an opinion piece today in Politico, White House Science Advisor John Holdren says that the role of weather satellites in predicting Washington, D.C.'s recent blizzards is an example of why Congress should support President Barack Obama's request to boost research funding in 2011.