Update from the fifty-first state
Today we had glorious weather here in these isles. Her Majesty graced Oxford with a visit. But for the more politically-inclined, yesterday’s local-election results were announced, with the Greens taking a new seat in the Oxford City Council, up from 7 to 8 out of 48 seats, holding the balance of power in a hung council. Good results elsewhere as well.
Nick Anthis of The Scientific Activist (who broke the George Deutsch dropout story earlier this year) invited Michael Stebbins, Director of Biology Policy at the Federation of American Scientists, author of the new book Sex, Drugs and DNA: Science’s Taboos Confronted to speak in Oxford today on the topic “Biosecurity policy and the scientific community: new challenges in an age of terrorism”. He gave us a lot of Beltway insider stuff (especially after his talk when I bought him a drink at the University Club), and said that whatever craziness goes on in the USA will eventually come across the Atlantic unless we do something about it.
Further on the topic of the “fifty-first state”, Sir Gareth of Wolfson College just published a report on UK–USA research collaboration. To balance the Anglosphericity, here is a link to the “Investing in European Research” website.
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