Rick Kelleher is a big, white-haired, crisply presented man who looks very much the way you’d expect a Boston Irish power broker to look. If you found yourself sitting next to him on a plane, you might notice how he kept the conversation flowing naturally and emphasized his points with the physicality of a great salesman, dramatically raising his eyebrows and cocking his head. On this morning, Kelleher is seated at a back table in the lobby restaurant of the elegant Boston Harbor Hotel, where the server knows exactly how he likes his house-smoked salmon. He carries himself as if he owns the place, and, in a way, he does. Related Links New England’s smallest colleges are struggling Former Mount Ida students sue, accusing college leaders of fraud The college debt crisis is even worse than you think Sitting across the table is a man who is also in his late 60s but who cuts a very different figure. Kumble Subbaswamy — unassuming, of slight build, with … [Read more...] about ‘ZooMass’ no more. Is turning UMass Amherst into an elite university needed?
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By Jocelyn KaiserAug. 30, 2018 , 9:00 AM When molecular biologist Darren Baker was winding up his postdoc studying cancer and aging a few years ago at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, he faced dispiritingly low odds of winning a National Cancer Institute grant to launch his own lab. A seemingly unlikely area, however, beckoned: Alzheimer's disease. The U.S. government had begun to ramp up research spending on the neurodegenerative condition, which is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and will afflict an estimated 14 million people in this country by 2050. "There was an incentive to do some exploratory work," Baker recalls. Baker's postdoc studies had focused on cellular senescence, the cellular version of aging, which had not yet been linked to Alzheimer's. But when he gave a drug that kills senescent cells to mice genetically engineered to develop an Alzheimer's-like illness, the animals suffered less memory loss and fewer of the brain changes that are … [Read more...] about The Alzheimer’s gamble: NIH tries to turn billions in new funding into treatment for deadly brain disease
Advertisement Editor’s Picks Cargo Industry Tests Seaplane Drones to Deliver Freight Why the Automotive Future Will Be Dominated by Fuel Cells Forget Autonomous Cars—Autonomous Ships Are Almost Here At the pier outside Amsterdam’s central train station, commuters stride aboard the IJveer 61. The squat ferry crisscrosses the waterfront, taking passengers from the city’s historic center to the borough of Noord. Beneath their feet, two electric motors propel the ferry through the gray-green waters, powered by 26 lithium-ion polymer batteries and a pair of diesel generators. Hybrid vessels like theIJveer 61 are increasingly common in the Netherlands, where officials are pushing to limit toxic air pollution and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the maritime sector. Patrol vessels and work ships are turning more to batteries and using less petroleum-based fuel; so are crane-carrying boats that pluck fallen bicycles from Amsterdam’s famous … [Read more...] about The Struggle to Make Diesel-Guzzling Cargo Ships Greener
Advertising Feature By Alaina G. LevineAug. 26, 2016 , 2:00 PM This Advertising Feature has been commissioned, edited, and produced by the Science/AAAS Custom Publishing Office If you’re a Ph.D. scientist who loves academia but doesn’t want to become a professor, don’t fret—there are plenty of diverse and challenging career paths to be pursued in institutions of higher learning that don’t require a faculty appointment. Like many Ph.D. scientists, Latanya Scott had made it her personal mission to help people through research. She envisioned a career as a faculty member to achieve this objective. Scott pivoted slightly, thinking that working in Big Pharma might be more in tune with her nature. She pursued a postdoc at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, in cancer drug discovery. Yet, “I felt I wasn’t realizing my purpose,” she says. “Bench science can be very rewarding when you have a breakthrough, but … [Read more...] about Alternatives to professorships in academia
Today Guy Callendar is a historical footnote, but tomorrow he will have a chapter of his own. Born in 1898, Callendar was the son of Britain’s leading steam engineer, a successful academic and inventor who raised his children in a 22-room mansion. A greenhouse on the grounds was converted into a laboratory for the children until one of Callendar’s three brothers blew it up trying to make TNT. The same brother put out Callendar’s left eye. Undeterred by the subsequent lack of depth perception, he became his father’s successor as the nation’s most important steam engineer. None of this is why Guy Callendar’s name will be boldfaced in tomorrow’s textbooks. Instead it will be because he was willing to delve into fields he knew nothing about, atmospheric science among them. Nobody knows why he got so interested in the air. Callendar himself attributed it to ordinary curiosity: “As man is now changing the composition of the atmosphere at a … [Read more...] about Meet the Amateur Scientist Who Discovered Climate Change