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SPAG Digest 07/31/13

August 14, 2013

SPAG NEWS!

 1) The UNC/Duke Science Policy Speaker Series Kicks off August 21st

The Intersection of Science and Politics: A View from the Front Lines of North Carolina State Government

Speaker: Dr. John Hardin, Executive Director or the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology

http://www.nccommerce.com/

http://www.nccommerce.com/scitech

Stay tuned to the SPAG events page for details https://spag.web.unc.edu/events/2013-08/

 2) Now it’s easier to stay connected with SPAG members and the broader community! 
Follow SPAG on facebook https://www.facebook.com/SciencePolicyAdvocacyGroup and twitter https://twitter.com/_SPAG_ .  Keep an eye out for SPAG’s participation in future twitter chats on science policy!

Visit our new website spag.web.unc.edu!  See the President’s greeting, look for upcoming events on our events calendar, and respond to our first forum question!  Interested in writing about previous experiences with SPAG, such as advocacy trips or outreach?  Want to write on science policy matters?  Let us know, you could be featured on our blog!

In the News

1) Forty-Three University of Tokyo Papers Are Tainted, Says Japanese News Report by Dennis Normile

Find the entire story at:

http://news.sciencemag.org/education/2013/07/forty-three-university-tokyo-papers-are-tainted-says-japanese-news-report

2) Legal Fight Darkens Leading AIDS Website

by Jon Cohen

 The 20-year-old Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) attracts up to 4000 researchers from around the world, and its website—a rich archive of abstracts, webcasts, and podcasts—has become a go-to spot for researchers, community advocates, historians, and journalists. The nonprofit CROI Foundation and the for-profit CROI LLC put the meeting on, and the dispute involves a falling-out between the two groups. “I’m not allowed by our confidentially agreement to divulge anything,” says CROI Foundation Board President Constance Benson, an HIV/AIDS researcher at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). “We reached an impasse this past couple of years over several issues and decided we needed to go in a different direction.”

Find the entire story at: http://news.sciencemag.org/scientific-community/2013/07/legal-fight-darkens-leading-aids-website

Remember to Stay Connected!

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/_SPAG_

Websites: http://spag.web.unc.edu/

http://studentlife.unc.edu/organization/SPAG

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