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By: Rebecca Cerio
Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.
Cracking Open the Scientific Process – Should the public have to pay to read the results of research that was funded by their tax dollars? The journal-based publication process has come under fire in recent years as old-fashioned, slow, expensive, and ethically questionable. Enter the open-access movement, including journals such as PLoS ONE and scientific networking and data-sharing initiatives such as ResearchGate. (by Thomas Lin via the New York Times)
The Risks of Dangerous Research – “In the wake of news last month that researchers had created a version of the deadly bird flu that was easily transmissible by air, a heated debate has arisen in the scientific community about whether or not the research should be published. But some experts are taking the discussion a step further back, and wondering why the research was conducted at all.(by Tia Ghose via The Scientist online)
Envisioning A New Path For K-12 Science Education – The National Research Council has released a new educational framework that aims to enhance science understanding in K-12 students. “Currently, the report says, science education in the U.S. tends to place too much emphasis on having students learn an unconnected array of facts, and too little on helping them understand how scientists established those facts. Students need to learn the processes of science, not just the products. The framework describes key practices — for example, engaging in argument from evidence and designing and conducting investigations — that all students should learn and be able to do by the time they graduate high school.” Personally, I have one word in response to this: YES. (by Sara Frueh via the National Academies)
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