ScienceScope

Science  29 Sep 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5795, pp. 1867
  1. CDC Employees Sound Off

    An anonymous Web-based tip line for addressing low morale at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has logged 75 comments since it was launched last week by congressional Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA). “We were surprised” at the number of responses, says Karen Lightfoot, a spokesperson in Waxman's office. More than a dozen high-level officials have left CDC since 2004, and the agency is reorganizing. Waxman started the tip line to get insiders' views of “the potential impact on public health” of the changes, Lightfoot says. CDC spokesperson Thomas Skinner says, “We certainly want to be supportive of efforts that further open the lines of communication.”

  2. Boston to Regulate Biosafety Labs

    The Boston Public Health Commission has approved the first-ever municipal law regulating research on high-risk infectious agents. The rules, which come as Boston University (BU) plans the area's first biosafety level (BSL) 4 lab for the most dangerous pathogens, were scaled back last week after Harvard University and companies protested that they covered routine work in lower-risk labs. The final version applies only to BSL 3 and BSL 4 labs, which will have to get a permit, form a safety board including two community members, and file regular reports. “The regulation strikes a reasonable balance,” says Kevin Casey, head of government relations for Harvard. The law bans classified work and research aimed at making bioweapons, topics not planned for the BU lab.

  3. Familiar Tune for New KAIST Leader

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA—Nam-Pyo Suh, the new president of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, has announced reforms that parallel moves that got his predecessor, Robert Laughlin, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, in hot water with faculty members (Science, 7 April, p. 32). Like Laughlin, Suh hopes to expand KAIST's mission beyond basic science by adding institutes of information technology, biotechnology, design, and entertainment engineering. And like Laughlin, he would charge students tuition—but only if they receive poor grades. Unlike his predecessor, Suh, formerly a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, would double KAIST's 400-member faculty, hiring as many as 100 non-Koreans.

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