By: Rebecca Cerio
Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.
Gulf on Open Access to Federally Financed Research – An updated view of the legislation introduced and reasoning behind both sides of the open access debate. Should federally-funded research be available to the public free of charge? The final answer isn’t likely to come in an election year, says Guy Gugliotta in the New York Times.
Are the Kids Alright? – Medicating children is becoming more common every year, yet it has historically been difficult to get drug makers to properly safety-test their products in children. Bob Grant in The Scientist outlines two laws up for reauthorization before Congress which have encouraged safety studies in minors…and possibly saved lives.
The Work-Life Integration Overload – A recent survey by the Association for Women in Science found that both men and women reported a significant amount of work-life imbalance, particularly among married-with-children scientists. Their survey was far from scientific but does capture a picture of a generation of scientists struggling to balance work with family demands.
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