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(US) Fauci says White House told NIH to cancel funding for bat virus study – Politico (David Lim & Brianna Ehley | June 2020)0

Posted by Admin in on July 21, 2020
 

The White House directed the National Institutes of Health to cancel funding for a project studying how coronaviruses spread from bats to people, the government’s top infectious disease expert said Tuesday.

“Why was it canceled? It was canceled because the NIH was told to cancel it,” said Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in response to a question during a House Energy & Commerce Hearing. “I don’t know the reason, but we were told to cancel it.”

Fauci later told POLITICO that the White House ordered NIH to cut the research grant to the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance.

The backstory: The Trump administration abruptly cut funding for the research in April, with more than $350,000 in grant money remaining in EcoHealth’s 2020 grant.

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Guest article: Self-plagiarism in philosophy – COPE (M. V. Dougherty | July 2020)0

Posted by Admin in on July 20, 2020
 

A quip heard in the hallways of some philosophy departments goes like this: when someone publishes a new book, a colleague says, “Congratulations! So, what are you calling it this time around?” With every witticism, there is some level of truth; my professional discipline of philosophy has been somewhat sluggish in addressing the problem of self-plagiarism.

A thoughtful reflection on self-plagiarism/text recycling in philosophy.  We have included links to 14 related items.

The term self-plagiarism is a contested one, but it generally refers to cases where an author publishes an article a second time without disclosing the first (redundant or duplicate publication) or to cases where there is an excessive undisclosed re-use of some portion of one’s previously-published work (text recycling). Despite differing outlooks about what constitutes inappropriate textual reuse across fields, there is general agreement that in its more extreme forms, self-plagiarism generates three major problems. Each of these problems creates inefficiencies in both the production of knowledge and its transmission.”
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First, self-plagiarism generates an illusion of research productivity, creating unfair advantages for self-plagiarists during competitive evaluations for grants, promotions, job offers, raises, and other perks, such as invited lectureships and conference plenary addresses. When publications are the coin of the realm, counterfeiters can profit at the expense of authentic researchers.

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Science by press release: When the story gets ahead of the science – CNN (Dr. Sanjay Gupta | June 2020)0

Posted by Admin in on July 19, 2020
 

(CNN) A little more than three months after the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, it has become evident that both the research cycle and the news cycle have accelerated to levels never seen before in our lifetime.

According to the Milken Institute, there are at least 254 treatments and 172 vaccines currently in development to fight Covid-19. I’ve reported on many of them. Some of them are just being developed, like PAC-MAN, a new anti-viral treatment that uses the gene therapy technology CRISPR. Others are drugs finding a new life, like remdesivir, which initially showed effectiveness in treating animals with SARS and MERS, and was even trialed unsuccessfully for Ebola.

The media’s coverage of these developments has also been at “breakneck speed” — because finding any way to stall the spread of this disease is so imperative. For example, several scientists recently called me both on and off the record to relay their optimism that a vaccine could be available by the beginning of next year. It would be a remarkably fast process, given that vaccine development is typically measured in years or decades, not months. So this past week, I took a step back to dig deeper into the studies and look into the source of this optimism. I was surprised at how thin the available data actually is in peer-reviewed medical journals.

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(Australia) UTS loses application to appeal against reinstatement of academic sacked for not publishing enough research – Sydney Morning Herald (Anna Patty | July 2020)0

Posted by Admin in on July 18, 2020
 

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has lost its application to appeal against a Fair Work Commission decision that found it had unfairly sacked an academic for not publishing enough research papers in peer-reviewed journals.

The Fair Work Commission in March found that Lucy Zhao was unfairly sacked from her job as a lecturer in the Finance Discipline Group in August last year for “unsatisfactory performance” after UTS decided she was not publishing enough articles in quality academic journals.

The Fair Work Commission full bench in a judgment published on Wednesday, by a majority of two to one, rejected the university’s request to appeal that decision, which had ordered that Dr Zhao be reinstated.

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