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ogy transfer issues.
Orr directs Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy and
served as dean of
the School of Earth
Sciences from 1994
Senate, Kastner would replace William
Kastner of the Mas-
tute of Technology
(MIT) in Cambridge
to lead the Office
of Science. He has
served as dean of
MIT’s School of Sci-
ence since 2007. “Obama made an inspired
choice,” MIT President L. Rafael Reif said
in a statement, adding that Kastner is “ide-
ally suited” to manage DOE’s $4.6 billion
research portfolio. If confirmed by the U.S.
Brinkman, who left this past April.
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BY THE NUMBERS
62% Portion of Europeans who
feel that “science makes our ways
of life change too fast,” based on a
European Commission public opinion survey published last week.
1 to 2 million Additional
babies to be born in China each
year as a result of loosening the
one-child policy, according to
demographers (the present rate:
15 million per year).
The votes are in, and the top prize for the 2013 “Dance Your Ph.D.”
competition goes to … Cedric Tan, a postdoc biologist at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, who finished his Ph.D. there
last year with a thesis titled “Sperm competition between brothers and
female choice.” His dance interpretation of that research illustrates the
chicken mating process using a range of dance styles, from swing and
water ballet—yes, in actual water—to modern jazz and what can only
be described as cockfighting.
The contest, now in its 6th year, is sponsored by Science magazine
and AAAS (publisher of Science). Based on votes from previous winners
Two Researchers to Round
Out DOE Science Team
President Barack Obama has added two
academic researchers to his science team
at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
On 18 November, he nominated chemical
engineer Franklin “Lynn” Orr, a professor and administrator at Stanford University in California, to fill the newly created
position of undersecretary for science
and energy. The new post will oversee
DOE’s Office of Science, as well as fossil,
nuclear, and renewable energy research
programs and electrical grid and technol-
Epic Sperm Fight Wins 2013 ‘Dance Your Ph.D.’ Contest
and an independent panel of artists and scientists, Tan won both the
biology category and the overall prize: $1000 and a trip—sponsored by
High Wire Press—to screen his video at Stanford University in Palo Alto,
California. Tan spent a year on the video, in the midst of a busy field
season massaging male chickens to extract their sperm. “I assembled
the team, trained them, forced tight skimpy attires on them (they complained a lot), forced them into the freezing cold lake (they hated me for
it),” Tan explains by e-mail. According to the judges, this year was the
strongest yet. Watch Tan’s video, plus the $500 winners for the chemistry,
physics, and social sciences categories at http://scim.ag/phdance.
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China grows more than 4 million hectares of GM crops, mostly cotton expressing a pesticide protein, although approval
for commercial cultivation of GM corn
and rice remains delayed. Luo Yunbo of
China Agricultural University says the
ban doesn’t reflect a broader change in
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