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Science Policy Around the Web – April 19, 2012

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By:  Rebecca Cerio

Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.

The Ultimate Endpoint – Elie Dolgin points out the particular ethical and social difficulties faced when studying one of the leading causes of death among young Americans:  suicide.  Is our fear of doing harm leading to research paralysis on a deadly problem?  (via Nature)

Shopping Your Science –   A NASA scientist points out some marketing research that can help scientists make their point, including the three types of figures that you can include to make your point stick with your audience.  Be sure to check out the excerpt from the author’s book as well.  (by Marc J. Kuchner via The Scientist online)

Whooping Cough at Epidemic Levels in Washington – “So far in 2012, 640 cases have been reported in 23 counties as of March 31. This compares to 94 cases during this same time period last year, putting Washington on-pace to have the highest number of reported cases in decades.”  Officials are urging all residents, including adults, to verify that they are up-to-date on their vaccines.  With such vaccines available, I can’t help but see this as a science policy issue.  WHY are we seeing a revival of this disease?  (via the Washington State Department of Health)

Have an interesting science policy link to share?  Let us know in the comments!

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Written by sciencepolicyforall

April 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm

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