Prof Sarah Gilbert: The woman who designed the Oxford vaccine (BBC)

BBC: Prof Sarah Gilbert: The woman who designed the Oxford vaccine. “Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire in April 1962, Sarah Gilbert’s father worked in the shoe business while her mother was an English teacher and member of the local amateur operatic society. Speaking to Radio 4’s Profile, one school friend recalled Sarah’s silent steeliness – a trait which perhaps explains her decision, years later, to stick with her PhD despite her doubts.”

Cancer Data Science Pulse: “Count Me In” Gives Patients a Voice in Scientific Discovery

Cancer Data Science Pulse: “Count Me In” Gives Patients a Voice in Scientific Discovery. “What makes the program unique is that it creates a new pipeline for clinical and genomic cancer data by partnering with patients to collect information. This type of ‘citizen science’ is a largely untapped but vital part of data science. It gives patients an opportunity to share their data directly with scientists. Those data include clinical and patient-reported information, as well as samples from tumors, saliva, and blood for genetic analysis.”

BuzzFeed News: Scientists Are Relieved About A Biden Presidency. They Say The Real Work Can Start Now.

BuzzFeed News: Scientists Are Relieved About A Biden Presidency. They Say The Real Work Can Start Now.. “For scientists who have watched in horror as President Donald Trump relentlessly insulted, undermined, and ignored science, while more than 236,000 Americans died during a historic pandemic, Joe Biden’s victory on Saturday was a long-awaited cause for celebration.”

KOB4: LANL launches educational website to help students, teachers and parents

KOB4: LANL launches educational website to help students, teachers and parents. “Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) launched a new website that provides resources for students who are learning from home….The website features resources including lesson plans, virtual field trips and many other educational activities.”

Washington Post: Trump’s pandemic agenda shoved government scientists aside. They’re attempting an 11th-hour comeback.

Washington Post: Trump’s pandemic agenda shoved government scientists aside. They’re attempting an 11th-hour comeback.. “After months of being sidelined or outright attacked by President Trump, a growing number of government scientists and physicians are pushing back against the president’s political agenda when it comes to the pandemic.”

Chemical & Engineering News: We’re all science communicators. Here’s how to do it better

Chemical & Engineering News: We’re all science communicators. Here’s how to do it better. “Our situation comes with innumerable challenges. However, it also provides an opportunity for scientists to make a powerful contribution to society and demonstrate the value of science education. Whether or not you are engaging in research directly related to COVID-19, you can help those around you separate facts from myths, interpret the data that are available, and make better-informed decisions.”

The Conversation: Nigeria needs innovation and science investment to help control COVID-19

The Conversation: Nigeria needs innovation and science investment to help control COVID-19. “To control this pandemic and prevent a future one, Nigeria needs to start investing heavily in science research. Nigeria was one of the 10 African heads of state and government that endorsed a target to allocate 1% of gross domestic product to research and development in 2002. But progress towards this target has been slow.”

Washington Post: The pandemic is rewriting the rules of science. But at what cost?

Washington Post: The pandemic is rewriting the rules of science. But at what cost?. “The pandemic has upended norms of the scientific process, from the way studies are funded through the publication of findings. Researchers have been presenting their results online or sending them directly to media outlets rather than awaiting publication in prestigious academic journals. And the stodgy process of peer review has evolved into forthright — and sometimes acrimonious — assessments in the unbridled atmosphere of the Internet.”

Trusted Sources of Information about COVID-19: What We’re Watching and Following (Union of Concerned Scientists)

Union of Concerned Scientists: Trusted Sources of Information about COVID-19: What We’re Watching and Following. “Are you, too, looking for reliable and trustworthy information about COVID-19 and the pandemic? Here at the Union of Concerned Scientists, we’ve assembled a team of scientists, researchers, and public health and communications experts from across the organization who have been tracking and responding to the ongoing public health crisis since February, especially when we see political interference in science-based decision making.”

Slate: Three of the Most Prestigious Scientific Journals Have Condemned Trump’s Handling of COVID-19

Slate: Three of the Most Prestigious Scientific Journals Have Condemned Trump’s Handling of COVID-19. “Many saw these clear condemnations of the U.S. government’s COVID-19 response as a stark departure from the science journals’ normal purview. The editorials come on the heels of Scientific American’s endorsement of Joe Biden—a first in its 175-year-history—so the idea of scientists taking a stand on politics is currently fresh in the public’s mind. But unlike the popular science magazine, Nature, Science, and NEJM are all known for publishing impactful original academic research, making it seem all the more surprising that they’d wade into political commentary.”

Winnipeg Free Press: U of M building database for Arctic researchers

Winnipeg Free Press: U of M building database for Arctic researchers. “Dr. Carson Leung, a [University of Manitoba] computer science professor who runs the database and data mining lab, said this is the beginning of a long-term project that will see the university and college build a searchable database and also help researchers and those living in the arctic to deal with the changing climate in the north.”

Hamburg News: Hamburg Open Science launches new platform

Hamburg News: Hamburg Open Science launches new platform. “The inter-university programme ‘Hamburg Open Science’ (HOS) has launched a new website in October that bundles the publications of 17 research institutions in Hamburg including those of the University Hospital Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). The results of publicly-funded research in Hamburg are easily found with free text searches. The Carl von Ossietzky State and University Library (SUB) is co-ordinating the platform in a bid to shape cultural change in academia and to promote transparency and interaction.”

Ars Technica: The unreasonable effectiveness of the Julia programming language

Ars Technica: The unreasonable effectiveness of the Julia programming language. “I’ve been running into a lot of happy and excited scientists lately. ‘Running into’ in the virtual sense, of course, as conferences and other opportunities to collide with scientists in meatspace have been all but eliminated. Most scientists believe in the germ theory of disease. Anyway, these scientists and mathematicians are excited about a new tool. It’s not a new particle accelerator nor a supercomputer. Instead, this exciting new tool for scientific research is… a computer language.”

University of Washington: Who’s tweeting about scientific research? And why?

University of Washington: Who’s tweeting about scientific research? And why?. “Scientists candidly tweet about their unpublished research not only to one another but also to a broader audience of engaged laypeople. When consumers of cutting-edge science tweet or retweet about studies they find interesting, they leave behind a real-time record of the impact that taxpayer-funded research is having within academia and beyond.”