For undocumented aspiring scientists, funding remains in limbo

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Ineligible for federal grants, undocumented science students must rely on private fellowships—which often depend on DACA.

The Looming Decline of the Public Research University

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Cuts in research funding have left midwestern state schools—and the economies they support—struggling to survive.

The good, the bad and the algae

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A new study is testing whether one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable. Southern California’s 350-square-mile Salton Sea has well-documented problems related to elevated levels of nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural runoff. The research team intends to harness algae’s penchant for prolific growth to clean up these pollutants and stop harmful algae blooms while creating a renewable, domestic source of fuel.

A university is eliminating its science collection — to expand a running track

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The curators of the Museum of Natural History at the University of Louisiana-Monroe got grim news this March from the school’s director: The museum’s research collection had to be moved out of its current home. The reason? The space was needed for expanded track facilities.

This EPA research program just got a rave scientific review. Trump wants to eliminate it.

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As Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt defended massive proposed budget cuts to a House subcommittee Thursday, experts from the nation’s top science organization voiced their support for one of the programs slated for elimination.

report released Thursday by the National Academy of Sciences — and prepared at the request of the EPA — argues that the agency’s Science to Achieve Results, or STAR, program, which provides millions of dollars in funding for scientific research each year, has contributed to important benefits for the environment and the public health. And it recommends that the agency continue to use it.

Trump’s Budget Would Eliminate A Key Funder Of Research On Coastal Pollution

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For 51 years, a small federal program has been paying scientists to keep American waterways healthy. It’s called Sea Grant — part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — and President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for next year would eliminate it.

Top Scientists Revamp Standards To Foster Integrity In Research

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It’s been 25 years since the National Academy of Sciences set its standards for appropriate scientific conduct, and the world of science has changed dramatically in that time. So now the academies of science, engineering and medicine have updated their standards.

The report published Tuesday, “Fostering Integrity in Research,” shines a spotlight on how the research enterprise as a whole creates incentives that can be detrimental to good research.