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NEWS
LETTER
ASCB
Tradition and
Innovation at
the 2013 Annual
Meeting
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Pringle Is E.B.
Wilson Medalist
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How Postdocs Can
Launch Careers in
Industry
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Ins ide
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By what metric could one hope to evaluate and compare the work of
Gregor Mendel and Charles Darwin?
Declaring that improved scientific research and immigration reform go hand-in-hand, the ASCB
has issued a policy paper calling for changes to U.S. immigration law to help maintain the
nation’s place as a world leader in biomedical research.
The policy paper, which was a collaborative effort by members of the ASCB’s Public Policy
Committee and International Affairs Committee, makes the following recommendations:
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Restrictions on foreign travel by visa holders should be eased.
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Visa duration should be matched with expected training time.
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The number of H-1B visas should be based on market demands.
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Foreign students should receive green cards upon completion of their studies.
ASCB Paper Calls Immigration
Reform Critical to Science
Competitiveness
ASCB Leads Quest for a Better Way
to Evaluate Science
Quantifying the value of a
scientific contribution, especially
in basic science, is extraordinarily
difficult, so the attraction of a
single summary statistic that could
rank discoveries in neat order is
understandable. Such a statistic
would be incredibly convenient to
many—from funding agencies to
tenure committees to PIs hiring
postdocs.
Unfortunately, such a summary
statistic does not exist, because
science is about solving really
complex problems at the frontiers
of what is known, in a world
where not everything fits in neatly
organized ladders of relevance.
Join the Insurrection: Sign DORA
If you are concerned about the misuse of JIFs as a measure
of scientific outputs and outcomes, please visit
org/SFdeclaration.html and consider signing the San
Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment.
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DORA, continued on page 5
Immigration, continued on page 11
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