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Arson 'Science,' Young Investigators, and the Yale Tragedy
15 September 2009 (All day)
Here's a rundown of some of the stories we've been following on Science's policy blog, ScienceInsider:
This week, ScienceInsider hosts interviews on two fascinating topics: forensic science and the plight of young investigators. In the forensic science item, ScienceInsider editor Eli Kintisch chats with John Lentini, a nationally known fire investigator who conducted an outside review of the controversial case of Todd Willingham, a convicted arsonist who was executed in 2004. Lentini discusses the science--and lack thereof--behind forensic arson investigations. And in a second set of interviews, Kintisch chats with two young researchers, Christina Smolke and Natalie Mahowald, about the enormous pressures facing scientists in the first decade of their careers. "I do often times feel like I don't have time to sit down and think," says Smolke.
The investigation into the death last week of Annie Le, a 24-year-old Yale University pharmacology graduate student, has led authorities to temporarily close the building in which she worked, which houses the Yale Stem Cell Center as well as interdisciplinary programs on immunology and vascular biology. "All research in the Amistad Building is at a standstill--even people who need reagents for an ongoing clinical trial are unable to have access," stem cell researcher Diane Krause said on Monday. In other bad news from Yale, university President Richard Levin announced that the school expects a $150 million deficit each year for the next 4 years, which will slow recruitment for science positions, including posts at a new science center at the school's West Campus.
Three active players in the National Football League have agreed to donate their brains and spinal tissue after they die to the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University (BU) School of Medicine. The center, profiled in Science last month, is a collaboration between researchers at BU and the nonprofit Sports Legacy Institute, begun by Chris Nowinski, a former pro wrestler who cut his career short after a disabling series of concussions.
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released its first comprehensive strategy to deal with climate change impacts on the 202 million hectares that the department manages. Outlined in a secretarial order, the plan includes expanding the purview of eight regional science centers currently being developed by the U.S. Geological Survey to provide guidance on climate change impacts to the department's Fish and Wildlife Service. The centers will now work with other DOI agencies, such as the Bureau of Land Management.
A U.S. federal judge denied a request by environmentalists and animal-welfare groups to stop the hunts of the Northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf in Idaho and Montana. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy ruled in Missoula, Montana, that the plans to kill more than 20% of the estimated 1350 wolves in the two states would not cause long-term harm to the species.
For more on these stories and the latest science policy news and analysis, visit ScienceInsider.