Trump weighs executive order on scientific research

From EE News Kelsey Brugger and Sean Reilly, E&E News reporters Greenwire: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 White House officials are working on an executive order that would boost public access to federally funded research, prompting publishers to panic about the future of their business models, according to people familiar with the plan. Ostensibly, the order…

Queensland chief scientist Professor Suzanne Miller sidelined over fraud charges

Breaking News: From the “trust me, I’m a scientist department” comes this story from soon-to-be-50%-renewables Queensland.  By Peter Campion Photo: Professor Miller was appointed to the role of chief scientist in December 2016. (Supplied: Tom Greenard) The Australian ABC is reporting that Professor Suzanne Miller has been stood aside as Queensland’s chief scientist after being…

The Spoils System Redux – Climate Version

Spoils system reinstated by choice of grant subject. Clifford Eddy, PhD writes: After James Garfield’s assassination, the spoils system of granting government jobs was replaced by the civil service system, with merit being the criterion for hiring rather than political loyalty to those in high political office. [via Wikipedia] In the politics of the United…