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NEWS
LETTER
ASCB
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MAC, continued on p.8
The apparent irreproducibility of some published scientific
results is an issue of growing concern to industry and to the
scientific community. It has begun to receive attention in the
news media as well, and if one believes the popular press as
much as 80% of scientific research cannot be reproduced. Is
that really true? Does that apply to
all
research or just some
areas? These are just two of the questions a task force of the
ASCB’s Public Policy Committee (PPC) will attempt to answer
as it conducts an in-depth analysis of the issue.
If reports of widespread difficulty in reproducing published
research results are true, it is a problem that could threaten
the scientific enterprise and undermine the authority of the
scientific community. In his charge to the task force, ASCB
Executive Director Stefano Bertuzzi listed four potential causes
for difficulties in reproducing results:
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A hyper-competitive culture that overemphasizes results
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 A bias in favor of positive results
The ASCB Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC) is pleased to accept applications for its new
Faculty Research and Education Development (FRED) Program, which offers mentoring to help
junior faculty at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) achieve greater grant funding success.
Mentorship has long been recognized as contributing to the success of young faculty, but
appropriate mentors are not always available in schools that are not research intensive. To address
this issue, the FRED Program, directed by Michael J. Leibowitz of the University of California,
Davis, has been developed by the MAC with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
This program will match young faculty, primarily from MSIs, with funded mentors in related
research fields at research-intensive universities for a year-long structured mentorship program. The
program will focus on preparation of a national research grant application by the junior faculty
member. Mentors may be nominated by the junior faculty or selected from a pool of volunteers.
New ASCB Program Promotes Grant
Funding Success of Junior Faculty
at Minority-Serving Institutions
MAC Visiting Professorship Program Continues
ASCB Task Force to Explore
Reproducibility of Scientific Data
Reproducibility, continued on p.17
Mark Winey
Nominate a Colleague for an ASCB Award! Deadline April 1.
Details on Page 27.
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