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Snap Observations: Dec 5, 2007

Isha Himani JainThree young women scientists make history. For the first time ever, girls swept the top awards at the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. Janelle Schlossberger and Amanda Marinoff of Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School on Long Island, NY took top honors in the team category for developing a molecule that helps block the reproduction of drug-resistent tuberculosis bacteria. Isha Himani Jain, of Freedom High School in Bethlehem, PA, placed first among individual competitors with her work on the bone growth of the zebra fish.

“If your project is disease-related, health-related, you should not submit a proposal to the National Science Foundation.”

At an Institute of Medicine panel on global health yesterday, an argument over the effect of climate change on the spread of infectious diseases (via the KSJ Tracker).

“We did not propose cutting out entire pages….after they [the Office of Management and Budget] received our comment, they sent back a recommendation to the CDC that they simply drop whole pages from the beginning of the testimony.” An interview with John Marburger (National Journal subscription), Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

How hard is it to assemble an FDA advisory panel free of experts with conflicts of interest? Not as hard as the FDA makes it seem, reports the Center for Science in the Public Interest (via The Scientist Blog).

The NSF-funded Discovery Corps Fellowship grants scientists $200,000 for two years to run outside-the-box scientific outreach projects. But stigmas against outreach work, as opposed to dedicated research, may have kept applicants numbers so low that the program may dissolve (Science subscription).

Christopher Mims, of the new Scientific American site 60 Second Science explains Evolutionary Developmental Biology in 123 seconds.

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