Scientific Community

  • 27 Aug 1998

    Physicist Frederick Reines, who shared the 1995 Nobel Prize for his discovery of the neutrino, died last night after a long illness. He was 80. As a professor at the University of California, Irvine, for 22 years, Reines was instrumental in founding the field of neutrino physics.

  • 10 Aug 1998

    NASA officials have been hunting fruitlessly for a new space science chief since spring, when Wes Huntress announced he would leave the agency this fall after a 5-year stint in the job (Science, 27 February, p.

  • Today is the 90th birthday of naturalist Miriam Rothschild, a self-trained English naturalist and the world's foremost authority on fleas. Rothschild had no formal education growing up, but learned about insects from her zoologist father and an uncle who was an avid specimen collector.

  • 20 Jul 1998

    NEW DELHI--Indian and Pakistani scientists are beginning to pay a price for last May's atom bomb tests--a price that many believe is unfairly penalizing civilian science. Individual U.S.

  • 10 Jul 1998

    An industry epidemiologist with 22 years in the federal government--Jeffrey Koplan--has been chosen to head the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

  • Drawing rave reviews from the scientific community, Rockefeller University announced yesterday that Arnold J. Levine, a cancer biologist at Princeton University, will be its next president. He will take over from neurobiologist Torsten Wiesel, who is retiring in November.

  • 30 Jun 1998

    The first fruit of a collaboration between libraries and scientific publishers to rein in soaring journal costs will be a journal tentatively called Organic Chemistry Letters, the American Chemical Society (ACS) announced today.

  • 26 May 1998

    Microbiologist Rita Colwell has been confirmed as the 12th director of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

  • 1 May 1998

    Russian President Boris Yeltsin and his young premier didn't have to look far to find their new science minister: He was the previous chief's boss. Yesterday, Yeltsin and Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko announced that reform-minded politician Vladimir Bulgak will head up the science ministry.

  • 29 Apr 1998

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) yesterday announced the election of 60 new members and 15 foreign associates, including British mathematician Roger Penrose. Membership is considered one of the highest honors accorded to a scientist.

  • 28 Apr 1998

    Scientists in half a dozen countries have been vying to work with Nobel laureate D. Carleton Gajdusek, who was released from prison this week after serving a year on charges of child sexual abuse.

  • 20 Apr 1998

    MELBOURNE--A major network of research partnerships has been spared the budgetary ax.

  • WASHINGTON, D.C.--Energy Secretary Federico Peña announced at a press conference here today that he will resign at the end of June, ending over a year of speculation about his future with the Department of Energy (DOE).

  • 25 Mar 1998

    Chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall and public television's NOVA science series will take home the National Science Board's first Public Service Awards for their efforts to improve public understanding of science and engineering.

  • 19 Mar 1998

    Quelling concerns in the astronomy community, the world's largest radio observatory will not be drowned out by round-the-clock cell phone chitchat.

  • Apoptosis, or programmed cell death, was the dominant theme among the top 10 hot papers for 1997, beating out even Dolly, the cloned lamb, in the citation count.

  • 19 Feb 1998

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--Wesley Huntress, NASA's Associate Administrator for Space Science, announced yesterday that he will leave the agency before the end of the year.

  • The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), has a new chancellor: Nobel Prize-winning oncogene researcher J. Michael Bishop.

  • 23 Jan 1998

    NEW DELHI--A union of scientists has accused India's main civilian scientific agency of widespread corruption and mismanagement.

  • 8 Jan 1998

    Microbiologist Rita Colwell has been nominated as deputy director of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

  • The chair of the House Science Committee could probably live without the $250,000 he won in the D.C. Lottery last week. Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) is the 22nd richest member of Congress, with a net worth of about $8 million. After taxes, the take-home pot is a mere $150,000.

  • 30 Dec 1997

    The man who masterminded the Soviet Union's early triumphs in military and civilian rocketry was born today in 1906. Sergei Korolyov launched his first liquid-fueled rocket in 1933 and helped develop the world's first two-stage rocket in the 1940s.

  • 22 Dec 1997

    The documentary "Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees" first aired on U.S. television on this date in 1965. The film brought widespread acclaim to British primatologist Jane Goodall and a better appreciation of the similarities between humans and chimps, the closest living species to our own.

  • 22 Dec 1997

    David Schramm, a leading authority on the birth of the universe, died on 19 December, after the private airplane he was piloting crashed outside Denver.

  • 19 Dec 1997

    A Japanese physicist and two Belgian geneticists have won the 1998 Japan Prize, one of the world's richest science awards. The researchers were hailed for basic research achievements that led to new applications in electronics and the development of transgenic plants for agriculture.