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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 flawed satellite sensor set to fly late next year may be able to record ocean color , Science Insider has learned. The sensor, VIIRS, was to fly on the NPOESS Prepara- tory Project mission next year, but in 2008 officials decided not to fix a flaw 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, find gravitational waves, and obtain antimatter. http://bit.ly/esaroadmap The H1N1 pandemic that started in the spring of 2009 is now officially over, the World Health Organization declared. Sci- entists believe the real toll is much higher than the 18,500 confirmed 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 reshuffle 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. So far, one paper co-authored by Hauser—a 2002 report in Cognition —has been retracted as a result of the investigation, and concerns have been raised about several others, includ- ing one published in Science . Hauser is the only author common to all of them.
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