“The National Research Council’s Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI) announced the launch of WorldWideScience.org., a multilingual translation tool that provides real-time searching and translation of globally dispersed multilingual scientific literature. Users can search databases in China, Russia, France and several Latin American countries and receive the search results translated into one of nine languages.”
Source: Online, Vol.36(5), Sept.-Oct, 2010, p. 12.
Thomson Reuters predicts Nobel Laureates for 2010 — 22 Sep 2010
“Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced the 2010 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates researchers likely to be in contention for Nobel honours. Thomson Reuters claims to be the only organisation to use quantitative data to make annual predictions of Nobel Prize winners.
Each year, Thomson Reuters uses data from its research solution, Web of Knowledge, to quantitatively determine the most influential researchers in the Nobel categories of Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Economics. Based on citations to their works, the company names these high-impact researchers as Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates and predicts them to be Nobel Prize winners, either this year or in the near future. Since 2002, 19 Citation Laureates have gone on to win Nobel Prizes.
The Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates typically rank among the top one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of researchers in their fields, based on citations of their published papers over the last two decades. This year, 15 of the 21 Citation Laureates hail from American universities. Researchers from France, Japan, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom also appear among the 2010 picks.
Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter 9–22-10
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White House Announces Launch of New Nonprofit to Strengthen STEM Education
By Molly Galvin
September 16, 2010 — The Obama administration announced today the launch of “Change the Equation,” a new nonprofit corporation led by CEOs in an effort to improve education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). According to the White House, the initiative is a response to the president’s speech at the National Academy of Sciences in April 2009 in which he urged Americans to elevate STEM education as a national priority. The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Research Council have a long history of efforts to improve STEM education, including the influential 2005 report Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future, which urged improvements in K-12 STEM education to keep the U.S. economically competitive.
August 30, 2010 — A new report from the InterAcademy Council, an organization of the world’s science academies, including the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, says that the process used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to produce its periodic assessment reports has been a success overall, but that IPCC needs to reform its management structure, strengthen its procedures, and become more transparent to handle increasingly complex climate assessments and greater public scrutiny. The report was released today at the United Nations.
This year we have a unique opportunity to share our knowledge of Earth’s biological diversity and encourage contributions to its conservation. The United Nations has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity. Scientists and conservation practitioners from around the world have been working with their local and national governments to educate the public on species, ecosystems, and ecological processes. Our goal is to ensure significant advances in conservation policy that protect resources fundamental to human well-being are met in 2010.
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