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Evolutionary biologists have long studied how the Mexican tetra, a drab fish that lives in rivers and creeks but has...
Victorian astronomers spent countless hours laboriously charting the positions of stars in the sky. Such sky mapping,...
In an ambitious project to study 1000 years of sickness and health, researchers are excavating the graveyard of the now...
Stefan Behnisch has won awards for designing science labs and other buildings that are smart, sustainable, and...
The iconic 125-year-old Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton near San Jose, California, is facing the threat of closure...
Recent results from the Curiosity Mars rover have helped scientists formulate a plan for the next phase of its mission...
A new, remarkably powerful drug that cripples the hepatitis C virus (HCV) came to market last week, but it sells for $...
In pretoothbrush populations, gumlines would often be marred by a thick, visible crust of calcium phosphate, food...
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New Post for Senate's Medical Research Watchdog
21 September 2010 2:46 pm
If you're a medical researcher or administrator, you don't want to receive an e-mail from Paul Thacker. He was the key staffer behind a series of investigations since 2007 by Senator Chuck Grassley (R–IA), the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee. His work focused on drug company payments to a psychiatrist at the University of Cincinnati, another at Stanford University, and Charles Nemeroff, then with Emory University—causing much chaos and agitation among researchers—and changes in numerous academic conflict-of-interest policies. In some people's eyes, his work led to valuable reforms, whereas others said Grassley, and the tightening of the rules he inspired, went too far . Either way, there was no question Thacker, a former journalist, made an impact using his dogged investigative skills combined with the power that Grassley imbued in him.
Now, due to Republican term limits on committee chairmanships, Grassley will be leaving Finance, probably moving to the Judiciary committee, so Thacker has a new job. He'll be an investigator for the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, a Washington, D.C., federal watchdog, where he'll focus on health care. Thacker will also target environmental topics such as the Obama Administration's response to the oil spill, he tells ScienceInsider.