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Unformatted text preview: 20 AUGUST 2010 VOL 329 SCIENCE www.sciencemag.org 890 NEWS OF THE WEEK CREDIT: © RICK FRIEDMAN From the Science Policy Blog Postdocs at the University of California (UC) have voted to adopt a 5-year contract that would raise their pay by between 1.5% and 3% this fall and give them new pro- tections. The UC system’s 6500 postdocs represent roughly 10% of all U.S. postdocs. http://bit.ly/ucpostdocdeal The National Science Foundation’s govern- ing body, the National Science Board, is exploring whether the foundation ought to be more receptive to large, out-of-the- box research proposals not solicited by its staff members. The new study will look at proposals larger than the traditional award size to investigators but smaller than major facilities. http://bit.ly/nsftaskforce A ﬂ awed satellite sensor set to ﬂ y late next year may be able to record ocean color , Science Insider has learned. The sensor, VIIRS, was to ﬂ y on the NPOESS Prepara- tory Project mission next year, but in 2008 offi cials decided not to fi x a ﬂ aw preventing accurate measurements. New tests by gov- ernment engineers, however, suggest that the problem was less severe than thought. http://bit.ly/colorsatellite The European Space Agency has published a road map of favored space missions for physics between 2015 and 2025. The pro- gram includes efforts to test the fundamen- tal laws of physics, fi nd gravitational waves, and obtain antimatter. http://bit.ly/esaroadmap The H1N1 pandemic that started in the spring of 2009 is now offi cially over, the World Health Organization declared. Sci- entists believe the real toll is much higher than the 18,500 confi rmed deaths. http://bit.ly/h1n1over Nobelist Roald Hoffmann has called for a boycott of an upcoming Eurasian chem- istry conference in Jordan because he suspects that organizers have deliberately excluded Israeli speakers. Organizers say that’s not the case and that it’s too late to reshufﬂ e the lineup of speakers. http://bit.ly/jordanconference For more science policy news, visit news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider . The Boston Globe dropped a bombshell last week when it reported that Harvard University cognitive scientist Marc Hauser was on leave following an investigation of his research by the university. Hauser is a popular teacher, successful author, and lead- ing researcher on animal cognition. In work spanning 3 decades, he has produced notable insights into the richness and complexity of primate cognition that have helped erode notions of human uniqueness. More recently, his work on the evolutionary roots of moral- ity, along with his writing and public speak- ing on the topic, have earned him something close to celebrity status....
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