Archive by date | November 2nd, 2006

Scathing report about MIT neuroscience released today

Earlier this summer, a controversy erupted at MIT when the director of MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, Susumu Tonegawa, scared off a young scientist, Alla Karpova, whom MIT’s other neuroscience institute, the McGovern Institute for Brain Research and the biology department, were trying to recruit. The incident brought to light ongoing tensions between the two centers and cast MIT in a not-so-favorable light in the press. MIT’s president Susan Hockfield formed a committee (of MIT physics and material science professors) to investigate the matter.  Read more

Accepting foundation money…how far would you go?

With government funding for biomedical research on the decline, scientists are realizing that the good ol’ days are probably over for some time to come and so are beginning to look for other sources of funding. Philanthropy is becoming an increasingly attractive option.  Read more