Scientific Community

  • 25 Jul 1997

    Seven prominent researchers had the rare honor of conducting an hour-long seminar yesterday for President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore on the scientific bases for global change.

  • 18 Jul 1997

    Eugene Shoemaker, co-discoverer of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet that crashed into Jupiter 3 years ago, died today in a two-car accident in central Australia. He was 69. His wife and longtime scientific collaborator, Carolyn, suffered broken bones, and is in stable condition.

  • 1 Jul 1997

    The revolving leadership door at troubled Brookhaven National Laboratory has stopped swinging, at least temporarily, with the appointment today of physicist Peter Bond as interim director.

  • 25 Feb 1997

    Scientists worldwide might soon be able to tap into one of Russia's best kept secrets: a wealth of research data in obscure institute libraries or samizdat publications.

  • 19 Feb 1997

    WASHINGTON--Nobel laureate Daniel Carleton Gajdusek pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse yesterday. Gajdusek, 73, who is currently free on $350,000 bail, is expected to serve a jail term of between 9 months and 1 year and be on probation for 5 years.

  • 14 Feb 1997

    Rivalry between two of the world's top medical journals broke into print this week when The Lancet of London ran a letter in its 15 February issue criticizing its competitor, The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) of Boston, Massachusetts, for lax editorial policies.

  • 13 Feb 1997

    It's official: Yale University announced today that David A. Kessler, who has headed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the past 6 years, will be the next dean of the university's School of Medicine.

  • 11 Feb 1997

    There's finally some good news for new Ph.D.s in mathematics: Unemployment has fallen to its lowest level since spring 1990, according to a recently released annual survey from three mathematical societies. But not all the numbers in the new survey were rosy.

  • 30 Jan 1997

    Today is the birthday of Charles De Geer, a Swedish entomologist born in 1720. De Geer was an ardent observer of insects, describing 1446 species.

  • 30 Jan 1997

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--FDA Commissioner David Kessler told staff in a memo today that he will leave the agency late next month.

  • 13 Jan 1997

    The average Russian has less regard for scientists than for peasants or politicians.

  • Will he stay or will he go? ScienceNOW reported in a story yesterday that Columbia University geochemist Wallace Broecker had quit as research coordinator for Biosphere 2, the ecology lab in the Arizona desert. Now it appears that Broecker may stay.

  • 6 Jan 1997

    Just as Biosphere 2, the glass-enclosed laboratory near Tucson, Arizona, seemed to be getting onto a stable scientific track, one of its leading scientists, Wallace Broecker, has resigned as research coordinator.

  • 20 Dec 1996

    Washington--In a surprise move, President Bill Clinton today named outgoing Transportation Secretary Federico Peña to lead the Department of Energy (DOE) in his next Administration.

  • 20 Dec 1996

    Carl Sagan, the astronomer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose books and television shows fired the imaginations of millions of people, died early this morning in Seattle, of pneumonia.

  • 11 Dec 1996

    Moscow--Unrest in the Russian academic scientific community has spilled over into the nuclear sector.

  • 9 Dec 1996

    Washington--Painting perhaps the grimmest picture yet of Russian science, a Russian governmental think tank here today presented eyebrow-raising new data on everything from the accelerating scientific brain drain to the decline of federal R&D spending.

  • Mary D. Leakey, the distinguished archaeologist and matriarch of the famous Leakey clan of scientists, died last night in Nairobi, Kenya. She was 84. Leakey made numerous major discoveries--of both stones and bones--that shaped the study of African prehistory and human evolution.

  • 5 Dec 1996

    Washington, D.C.--The fight between the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and Harold Liebowitz, its ousted president, appears to be over. This week, NAE officials paid Liebowitz $687,500, and in return he relinquished any claim to the job he held until June.

  • 25 Nov 1996

    A collection of Albert Einstein's letters, including some eyebrow-raising ones to his first wife, and a 1913 manuscript on relativity theory were sold at auction today for about $1.3 million at Christie's in New York.

  • 20 Nov 1996

    MOSCOW--The director of a computer-science institute in western Russia yesterday shot dead four colleagues, his wife, and himself.

  • 19 Nov 1996

    Legendary TV journalist Walter Cronkite's most memorable impact on society may actually happen eons in the future.

  • 15 Nov 1996

    Seventeen medical school professors at the University of Southern California (USC) filed suit against the university on 14 November charging breach of contract in response to university plans to lower their salaries.

  • WASHINGTON--The discovery that a graduate student had apparently faked some data in papers co-authored by the director of the genome program has cast doubt on recent research concerned with a chromosomal aberration linked to leukemia, says a

  • WASHINGTON--A 12-year-old fight over allegations that one group of researchers misappropriated another's discovery during peer review ended abruptly late in the night on 31 October.