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What CITI Program is Reading – June 28, 2022

“What CITI Program is Reading” is our weekly blog series which highlights news articles curated by our staff and relevant to research, higher education, healthcare, technology, and more. Follow us on LinkedIn for upcoming editions and more information from CITI Program.


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NIH launches grant program aimed at closing the funding rate gap between Black and white investigators Source: Science New program will award up to $20 million a year in research grants to some underrepresented scientists.

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Here’s How Title IX Could Change Under Biden’s Proposed Rule Source: The Chronicle for Higher Education The gender-equity regulations would once again upend how colleges handle sexual-misconduct complaints.

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NSF OIG: Penn State Paid Nearly $400K To Settle FCA Allegations, Mischarges Source: Cosmos Following a $151,000 settlement with the federal government involving alleged misspending on awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and three other federal agencies in 2020.

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Title IX: Falling short at 50 Source: USA Today Despite tremendous gains during the past five decades, many colleges and universities fall short of Title IX, leaving women struggling for equity. Read The Full Article
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Who gets credit for science? Often, it’s not women Source: Nature There is a well-documented gap in the observed number of scientific works produced by women and men in science, with clear consequences for the retention and promotion of women in science1. Read The Full Article
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Arkansas scientist gets 1-year sentence in case stemming from China Initiative Source: Science Simon Ang admits to hiding patents, all other charges dropped.

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Microsoft to retire controversial facial recognition tool that claims to identify emotion Source: The Verge Experts say AI emotion recognition is unscientific. Read The Full Article
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Genome-wide mapping of somatic mutation rates uncovers drivers of cancer Source: Nature Cancer driver mutations are identified by predicting neutral mutation rates across the entire genome. Read The Full Article
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Opinion: What I learned from my lab accident Source: Chemical & Engineering News Researchers should feel empowered to improve safety culture before accidents happen. Read The Full Article
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How CRISPR rice could help tackle climate change Source: The Verge It’s an $11 million moonshot. Read The Full Article
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What the DNA of Ancient Humans Reveals About Pandemics Source: Wired Genomic analysis of ancient remains has shed light on the origins of the black death and offers insights into the coevolution of humans and diseases. Read The Full Article