Weekly Advocacy News Roundup


Hate COMPETES? With New Bill, Rep. Smith Doubles Down on Pending NSF Legislation

July 31, 2015 | Science Insider
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced a part of the COMPETES bill as standalone legislation. The bill would require NSF to tell the public why every grant is “in the national interest.”

New York Judge Denies Request to Extend Legal Rights to 2 Chimps

July 30, 2015 | The New York Times
A New York Supreme Court judge denied a request to free a pair of chimpanzees from a university. The original petition sought to establish legal personhood for chimps through a writ of habeas corpus.

Minister Knows Importance of Research Goes Beyond Economic Benefits

August 4, 2015 | The Irish Times
Irish scientists brought concerns about research funding cuts to a forum with Damien English, the Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation. English says a strategy for science, technology and innovation will be complete by October.

Articles of Interest

Tiny Section of Mouse Neocortex Fully Reconstructed in 3D

July 30, 2015 | Nature
A research group succeeded in scanning a minute section of mouse somatosensory cortex in order to create the first ever fully reconstructed 3D map of mammalian neocortical tissue. 

  • Read more about the technologies used in neuroscience research at BrainFacts.org.

How the Brain Purges ‘Bad’ Memories

July 31, 2015 | Scientific American
Using optogenetics, researchers were able to visually follow the communication between the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex during fear extinction experiments in mice.  This research might shed light on how the equivalent human circuit can go wrong, such as in PTSD.

  • Learn more about PTSD at BrainFacts.org.


In Defence of the Research Excellence Framework

July 27, 2015 | The Guardian
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a yearly assessment of qualities and impacts of UK research that is used to allocate £1.6 billion of public funding. The REF has been widely criticized, but this opinion piece discussed the positives of the framework.

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