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Science Policy Around the Web – May 10, 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.

Studying Complementary and Alternative Therapies –  Dr. Offitt has never been shy about his disdain for the lack of scientific rigor displayed in and by most studies on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and he lays out his reasoning here.  A transcript of the full essay along with some incisive comments can be found in the first part of this post.  (by Dr. Paul Offitt, MD via Journal of the American Medical Association)

Fast Science:  No Time for Uncertainty – Marya Zilberberg on the Healthcare, Etc. blog suggests that the published literature, medical practice, and society in general could benefit from more “slow science” that embraces transparency and values studies that successfully repeat previous findings.

A study of Science PhD Career Preferences finds “…respondents across all three major fields feel that their advisors and departments strongly encourage academic research careers while being less encouraging of other career paths. Such strong encouragement of academic careers may be dysfunctional if it exacerbates labor market imbalances or creates stress for students who feel that their career aspirations do not live up to the expectations of their advisors. …[O]ur results suggest that PhD programs should more actively provide information and training experiences that allow students to learn about a broader range of career options, including those that are currently less encouraged. Richer information and a more neutral stance by advisors and departments will likely improve career decision-making and has the potential to simultaneously improve labor market imbalances as well as future career satisfaction.”  (by Henry Sauerman and Michelle Roach via PLoS ONE)

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

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May 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm

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