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  • Date: 12/21/2003
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    A ghost is wandering around the web: it is called open access, a proposal to modify the circulation system of scientific information which has landed on the sacred soil of scientific literature. The circulation system of scientific magazines has recently started faltering, not because this instrument is no longer a guarantee of quality, but rather ... »
  • Date: 12/21/2003
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In the midst of a debate on access to information, the World Health Organization and the FAO have decided to develop a strategy to guarantee the right of poor countries to have free access to scientific publications. This right is often denied, mainly because of high subscription costs. For this reason, universities and research centres in ... »
  • Date: 12/21/2003
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    To appreciate what a huge difference there is between the author of a peer-reviewed journal article and just about any other kind of author we need only remind ourselves why universities have their "publish or perish" policy: aside from imparting existing knowledge to students through teaching, the work of a university scholar or scientist is ... »
  • Date: 11/01/2003
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    This article describes three community programs championing conservation in effective ways to raise public awareness of environmental issues. Authors include Donna Murray, director of education at the Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science (Davenport, Iowa), Cheryl D. McCallum, director of education at the Children's Museum of Houston, and ... »
  • Date: 09/30/2003
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The long-term goal of this project is to expand and disseminate our innovative internship and near-peer mentoring models for minority youth and women in the biomedical sciences, thus increasing the number of minority students participating in the quantitative disciplines. Dissemination and expansion of the program will take place in three steps: ( ... »
  • Date: 09/30/2003
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Self-Reliance Foundation (SRF) Conociendo Tu Cuerpo (Know Your Body) Hispanic Community Health Sciences Education project is an initiative designed to introduce Hispanic students and families to biomedical science and health education resources, and increase their participation levels in these fields. The educational goals of the project are ... »
  • Date: 09/30/2003
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Miami Museum of Science, in collaboration with University of Miami's (UM) School of Medicine, is requesting a Phase II grant to support national replication of the Biomedical Training, Research and College Prep (BioTrac) Project. The goal of Phase I, now in its final year of funding, was to develop a replicable model aimed at increasing the ... »
  • Date: 09/21/2003
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Scholars and scientists do research to create new knowledge so that other scholars and scientists can use it to create still more new knowledge and to apply it to improving people's lives. They are paid to do research, but not to report their research: that they do for free, because it is not royalty-revenue from their research papers but their " ... »
  • Date: 09/21/2003
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    I still remember very clearly my first encounter with peer review: I was a Ph. D. student in physics and I had written my first paper, submitted it to a journal and - after what seemed to me a very long time - received a reply with the request for few changes and corrections I was supposed to include in my paper before it could be considered for ... »
  • Date: 09/01/2003
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    This collaborative project aims to establish a national computational resource to move the research community much closer to the realization of the goal of the Tree of Life initiative, namely, to reconstruct the evolutionary history of all organisms. This goal is the computational Grand Challenge of evolutionary biology. Current methods are ... »

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