NSF Releases Science Indicators Report

February 14th, 2014

BU IN DC

Gloria Waters, associate provost and vice president for research, discussed the University’s research activities with officials at the National Institutes of Health, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation on Wednesday.

NSF RELEASES SCIENCE INDICATORS REPORT

The National Science Foundation (NSF) sent its biannual Science and Engineering Indicators report to President Barack Obama and Congress on February 6, offering an overview of the state of scientific research in the U.S. and internationally. NSF found a continued decline in American dominance as developing nations, particularly in Asia, make significant investments in scientific research and development, especially in the areas of high-tech manufacturing. The report also found an 18% increase in foreign undergraduate students entering American universities, with particularly strong enrollment in engineering and social sciences degree programs.

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BIOETHICS COMMISSION DISCUSSES NEUROSCIENCE

On Monday and Tuesday, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues held public meetings in Washington, DC, to discuss the ethical issues raised by neuroscience research. Speakers addressed the integration of ethics education into neuroscience training and the importance of communicating neuroscience findings accurately to the public. President Obama requested that the Commission review the ethical implications of neuroscience methodologies and technologies in conjunction with his announcement of the Administration’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative in April 2013. Stakeholders may submit comments to the Commission by April 1, 2014.

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RESEARCH COUNCIL SEEKS OCEAN SCIENCE INPUT

The National Research Council (NRC) is soliciting feedback from the ocean science community about the future of the field for its Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences 2015. At the request of the National Science Foundation, a committee convened by the NRC Ocean Studies Board is hosting public meetings and reviewing stakeholder comments in order to recommend priorities for ocean research and the facilities needed to conduct the research for the next decade. Comments are due March 15.

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