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Nature Newsblog - Tue, 2014-07-22 19:33
The president of the Scripps Research Institute intends to leave his post, according to a statement from Richard Gephardt, the chair of the institute’s board of trustees. The announcement came in the wake of a faculty rebellion against the president, Michael Marletta, who had attempted to broker a deal in which the La Jolla, California, research lab would be acquired by the University of Southern California for $600 million.
In the statement, posted on 21 July, Gephardt said that Marletta “has indicated his desire to leave TSRI” and that the board “is working with Dr. Marletta on a possible transition plan.”
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Scripps faculty see Marletta’s departure as a victory. They had been angered by the terms of the USC deal, which was scrapped on 9 July, and by the fact that Marletta did not consult with faculty during his negotiations with USC. Faculty told the Scripps board of trustees earlier this month that they had an almost unanimous consensus of no confidence in Marletta.
“I think we are more optimistic than we have been in many years, because we feel like we have some control over our own fate,” says Scripps biologist Jeanne Loring.
Loring said that at a meeting with a majority of Scripps faculty on 21 July, Gephardt indicated that the board had thought that Marletta was communicating with the faculty as he negotiated the USC deal. Gephardt also promised that faculty would involved in choosing Marletta’s successor.
Whoever replaces Marletta must find a way to close a projected $21 million budget gap this year left by the contraction of funding from the US National Institutes of Health and by the virtual disappearance of support from pharmaceutical companies, who had provided major support for Scripps until 2011.
How Scripps solves its funding issue will be watched by other independent institutes, which have been hard hit by the contraction in NIH dollars. Scripps’ neighbor institutes have brought in hundreds of millions of dollars in philanthropy, and many involved see that as part of the solution for Scripps as well. But, Loring says, “The funding that other institutes have gotten from philanthropy is going to be a short-term solution, because even though it seems like an awful lot of money, they have to spend it, so they will eventually be facing the same issues.”
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In contrast to their negative reputation as disease causing agents, some viruses can perform crucial biological and evolutionary functions that help to shape the world we live in today, according to a new report by the American Academy of Microbiology.
Viruses designed to target and kill cancer cells could boost the effectiveness of chemotherapy to the arms and legs and help avoid amputation, a new study reports.
Prof. Ruedi Fries and Dr. Hubert Pausch monitor sequence data of breeding cattle. An international collaboration known as the '1000 Bull Genomes Project' aims to accelerate breeding for desired traits in beef and dairy cattle while also improving animal health and welfare. Results of the project's first phase -- based on sequencing the whole genomes of 234 individual bulls whose direct descendants number in the tens of millions -- are reported in the journal Nature Genetics.
Science Daily: New Species - Tue, 2014-07-22 14:27
A new study that examined the survival rates of 12 different shark species when captured as unintentional bycatch in commercial longline fishing operations found large differences in survival rates across the 12 species, with bigeye thresher, dusky, and scalloped hammerhead being the most vulnerable.
Science Daily: New Species - Tue, 2014-07-22 14:25
Sense of smell is critical for survival in many mammals. In a new study, researchers examined the olfactory receptor repertoire encoded in 13 mammalian species and found that African elephants have the largest number of OR genes ever characterized; more than twice that found in dogs, and five times more than in humans.
Nature Newsblog - Tue, 2014-07-22 12:41
The Giant Magellan Telescope received a boost today when Brazil’s São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) confirmed its plans to join the project. The $880-million facility, some components of which have already been built, is one of three competing mega-telescopes that will study the skies in the next decade.
Approving plans reported by Nature in February, the richest state in Brazil confirmed on 22 July that it would contribute US$40 million toward membership of the GMT, which is managed by a consortium of institutions in the United States, Australia and South Korea.
São Paulo researchers might not be the only ones to benefit. FAPESP scientific director Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz told Nature’s news team that negotiations between the foundation and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Brazil were “well advanced to share these costs and allow astronomers from all states of Brazil to have access to the telescope”. If that plan goes ahead, the ministry will refund part of the costs to FAPESP.
Although a boon for Brazilian astronomers, the move could raise concerns for advocates of the Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), which is being built by the European Southern Observatory in Chile. ESO has begun blasting the top off the 3,000-metre peak of Cerro Armazones where the E-ELT will be based, but is reliant on funding from Brazil’s federal government to enter the main construction phase. In 2010 Brazil agreed to contribute €270 million (US$371 million) to ESO over a decade, but the deal has yet to be ratified and remains held up in legislative committees.
Some legislators may see the GMT agreement as a cheaper way for Brazil’s astronomers to access a future mega-telescope, even though the ESO deal also allows access to existing observatories in Chile. However Beatrice Barbuy, head of the Astronomical Society of Brazil’s ESO committee, says the plans are still moving ahead. She adds that they had stalled in recent months due to the country hosting the FIFA World Cup and staff going on winter vacations, but discussions were likely get underway again in August.
The 25-metre GMT, to be built at the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, is scheduled to begin operations in 2020. It is designed to have six times the collecting power of the largest existing observatories and 10 times the resolution of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The agreement is expected to secure São Paulo a 4% stake in the GMT project, guaranteeing 4% of observation time for Brazilian astronomers each year, as well as representation on the consortium’s decision-making board.
The GMT, E-ELT and a third planned next-generation ground-based observatory, the Thirty Meter Telescope proposed to be built in Mauna Kea in Hawaii, are intended to address similar science questions. Astronomers hope to use the huge light-collecting capacity of the telescopes to explore planets outside our Solar System, study supermassive black holes and galaxy formation, and unravel the nature of dark matter and dark energy.
Ernst Mayr Library Blog - Thu, 2014-07-10 14:03
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- Scripps president resigns after faculty revolt
- Report on viruses looks beyond disease
- Viral therapy could boost limb-saving cancer treatment
- Whole-genome sequencing of bulls in key beef and dairy breeds
- Vulnerability of sharks as collateral damage in commercial fishing shown by study
- African elephant genome suggests they are superior smellers
- São Paulo state joins mega-telescope
- New book list, July 9, 2014