BusinessWire: Bayer Launches Industry-First Public Database Listing Company’s Science Collaborations and Partnerships in the U.S. (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Bayer Launches Industry-First Public Database Listing Company’s Science Collaborations and Partnerships in the U.S. (PRESS RELEASE). “The [Bayer Science Collaboration Explorer (BSCE)] is a publicly accessible database where Bayer shares information on its science collaborations and new contracts with universities, public research institutions, and individuals…. Specifically, the following core details will be published for new contracts: Name and country of the institution/person, collaboration type (e.g., research contract), subject of collaboration (e.g., oncology, digital farming), funding committed, effective date, participating Bayer division.”

University of Missouri – St. Louis: New platform improves access to UMSL innovative works

University of Missouri – St. Louis: New platform improves access to UMSL innovative works. “The University of Missouri–St. Louis has launched a new online platform that will make it simple for anyone to quickly and easily obtain a nonexclusive license of select intellectual property from the university. Managed by the Office of IP Management and Commercialization under its director, Tamara Wilgers, the UMSL Innovations online marketplace will help advance the office’s central mission to get UMSL ideas out into the world and achieve a wider reach and distribution of the university’s IP.”

Homeland Security Today: NCSC and Partners Unveil ‘Safeguarding Science’ Toolkit to Help U.S. Research Enterprise Guard Against Threats

Homeland Security Today: NCSC and Partners Unveil ‘Safeguarding Science’ Toolkit to Help U.S. Research Enterprise Guard Against Threats. “The Safeguarding Science online toolkit is designed for individuals and organizations in the U.S. scientific, academic, and emerging technology sectors who are seeking to develop their own programs to protect research, technology, and personnel from theft, abuse, misuse, or exploitation.”

Engadget: Charles Darwin’s full correspondence is now available online

Engadget: Charles Darwin’s full correspondence is now available online. “The University of Cambridge has published all of the evolutionary scientist’s surviving correspondence online, including 400 letters that have either surfaced or are newly ‘reinterpreted.’ The searchable collection now covers over 15,000 letters written between 1822 and 1882, ranging from his influential time aboard the HMS Beagle to On the Origin of Species and end-of-life reflections.”

New York Times: Twitter Was Influential in the Pandemic. Are We Better for It?

New York Times: Twitter Was Influential in the Pandemic. Are We Better for It?. “When I wanted immediate feedback on an epidemiological model at 2 a.m., colleagues in Australia were awake and online to help. Twitter helped me to reach hundreds of thousands of concerned people, online and via news media, and help them understand what was happening. My Twitter following exploded from just over 10,000 to over 100,000 followers in six months. Many of my colleagues could tell a ‌‌similar story. And they could tell another as well.”

Stanford Graduate School of Education: A new approach to teaching science can help inoculate against misinformation, Stanford researchers say

Stanford Graduate School of Education: A new approach to teaching science can help inoculate against misinformation, Stanford researchers say. “In a new essay published in the journal Science, [Jonathan] Osborne and [Daniel] Pimentel argue that new approaches to science education could help inoculate society against scientific misinformation in all of its forms, from the misguided to the malicious.”

Should I join Mastodon? A scientists’ guide to Twitter’s rival (Nature)

Nature: Should I join Mastodon? A scientists’ guide to Twitter’s rival. “Bolstered by positive news coverage, it’s becoming the most popular alternative to Twitter. Since 27 October, almost half a million new users have flocked to the service, roughly doubling its user base. As Twitter users wonder whether, and when, they should make the leap, Nature looks at the benefits and drawbacks for researchers.”

CABI: New web app connects journalists and scientists

CABI: New web app connects journalists and scientists. “A new web app has been launched to make it super easy for journalists in Kenya and Uganda to find researchers for science stories. The Script Connect app is part of the Script science communication programme by SciDev.Net, funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation. It works like a ‘speed-dating’ app, linking journalists to scientists in East Africa.”

EurekAlert: New book to help improve science communication in Africa is now available

EurekAlert: New book to help improve science communication in Africa is now available. “Script’s new book aimed at helping to improve the communication of science in Africa has now been published. The book is available for free electronically and to buy in paperback in the CABI Digital Library. ‘Science Communication Skills for Journalists: A Resource Book for Universities in Africa,’ is edited and authored by Dr Charles Wendo.”

Notre Dame News: Gender-diverse teams produce more novel, higher-impact scientific discoveries, study shows

Notre Dame News: Gender-diverse teams produce more novel, higher-impact scientific discoveries, study shows. “New research from the University of Notre Dame examines about 6.6 million papers published across the medical sciences since 2000 and reveals that a team’s gender balance is an under-recognized, yet powerful indicator of novel and impactful scientific discoveries.”

Newswise: Scientists want to bridge public divide

Newswise: Scientists want to bridge public divide. “There’s a disconnect between the goals and the delivery of scientific outreach and its actual impact. In recent years, communication around diseases like COVID-19 and a growing mistrust in science have made that gap even more apparent. To better understand where these disconnects occur, Northwestern University scientists conducted a survey of 530 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff at U.S. academic institutions to examine their motivations and barriers to participation in science outreach.”

NASA: New Aeronautics Activities for the Back-to-School Season

NASA: New Aeronautics Activities for the Back-to-School Season. “Kids are going back to school across the country – and NASA Aeronautics is here to help educators engage them with educational Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities related to our flight research. Part of NASA’s agency-wide Back to School campaign for the 2022-2023 school year, this updated aeronautics-focused STEM engagement portfolio includes topics that span the breadth of the agency’s work in aeronautics for students of all ages.”

Engadget: Federally funded studies must be freely accessible to the public, White House says

Engadget: Federally funded studies must be freely accessible to the public, White House says . “The White House has updated its policy on federally funded research. Going forward, the results of studies funded by the government must be made public right away. Until now, researchers who receive federal funding have been allowed to publish their findings in academic journals exclusively for one year, effectively adding a paywall to their work. Agencies will need to update their policies accordingly by December 31st, 2025.”

The Scientist: AAAS Shutters Its Center for Public Engagement

The Scientist: AAAS Shutters Its Center for Public Engagement. “The American Association for the Advancement of Science has confirmed that it has closed its Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology as part of the final stages of an ongoing strategic planning process. For nearly two decades, the center offered the scientific community programs geared toward increasing the public’s awareness of and trust in science and the process of conducting research.”

PBS: Not all scientists wear lab coats. Volunteers are fueling research nationwide

PBS: Not all scientists wear lab coats. Volunteers are fueling research nationwide. “There’s a term for people who contribute to this knowledge purely out of love of the game: citizen scientists. And opportunities to get involved with federally run or sponsored initiatives — from mapping mosquito habitats with smartphones to tallying up plastic pellets spotted on the beach — have only expanded over time.”