From the AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News, October 9, 2003
NIH Roadmap for Medical Research: Physical Sciences Research
The "NIH Roadmap for Medical Research" released last week by NIH Director
Elias A. Zerhouni contains several important physical sciences and
interdisciplinary components. The plan will guide NIH's research during the
21st century, and has three major themes: New Pathways to Discovery,
Research Teams of the Future, and Re-engineering the Clinical Research
Enterprise. Selections from the first two themes pertinent to physical
sciences research are below.
From Nature, October 9, 2003
Spoof Nobels take researchers for a ride
by Steve Nadis
Eleanor Maguire was in an apprehensive mood. She had just flown into Boston,
Massachusetts, to collect an Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine at Harvard
University. But just before the ceremony, she was having second thoughts.
"What have I gotten myself into?" she asked herself aloud.
Earlier this year, Maguire, a neuroscientist at University College London,
had barely heard of the Ig Nobels, which were awarded for the 13th time on 2
October by a self-appointed panel for "research that cannot or should not be
reproduced". Maguire had no idea why she'd won.