A piece in The Scientist briefly highlights some of the consequences of the Court’s upholding of the Affordable Care Act a.k.a. ObamaCare.
The key provisions that have a bearing on the lives and work of biomedical researchers include the establishment of a streamlined US Food and Drug Administration pathway for the approval of generic versions of protein-based drugs, so-called biosimilars; the creation of a translational research initiative at the National Institutes of Health called the Cures Acceleration Network; the launch of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, which would require pharmaceutical and device makers to disclose all payments greater than $10 to physicians, and a push to increase funding for comparative effectiveness research.
How this will play out in effective legislature the next several months will tell us.
Ever wonder why tomatoes you buy in the store have a uniform red color? A mutation in the transcription factor SIGLK2 has been bred into almost all the strains grown commercially. In an article out today, Dr. Ann Powell and colleagues show that SIGLK2 controls chloroplast development in tomato fruit, and a functional SIGLK2 leads to dark green fruit with dark shoulders. Increased chloroplast development leads to higher sugar levels in the fruit, and could affect taste (although they did not check that). Next time you are planning one of the recipes from our recipe section (http://bmcdb.wordpress.com/science-food/) pick out tomatoes that have dark shoulders if you want ones that don’t carry the mutation.
by the Associated Press via Sac Bee
The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/M1vmBG) that Alameda Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo issued the ruling on Tuesday in response to a lawsuit filed by the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times.
The UC police officers’ union had tried to keep the names under wraps, saying that naming officers was barred under state law and could subject them to harassment.
But Grillo says the report is subject to release under the California Public Records Act. He did, however, stay his order through July 27 so the police union can appeal.
The name of the officer shown on video footage spraying the seated Occupy protesters on Nov. 18 had previously been released.
Seen through the eyes of a yeast biologist, the ‘Tammy” Titan made quite a visual (and odorous) showing this past weekend. In nature the flower blooms for 24hrs or less if pollinated, in the green house it lasted about 36 hours in a spectacular and all to rare showing. Enjoy my take on it below:
For anyone interested in policy making, or really just anyone who has a vested interest in graduate student life here at UCD; this advisory board is a great opportunity to make your voice heard and precipitate real and meaningful change on this campus. Last year we got the Chancellor to change the funding structure for the Davis day care subsidies, greatly expanding the number of families covered. For the next year the CGPSA will also be looking forward to the construction of a Graduate Student Community Center that will enhance our community and specifically serve the needs of grad and professional students here at UCD. I highly encourage anyone who is interested to apply!
-Gordon, Current CGPSA board member
For all UC Davis Graduate and Professional Students:
Chancellor’s Graduate and Professional Student Advisory board: 2012-2013 Call for Applications
Deadline: July 5th, 2012
The Chancellor’s Graduate and Professional Student Advisory (CGPSA) board is seeking new members of the upcoming academic school year. The board provides an opportunity for direct communication between Chancellor Katehi and graduate and professional students from across the University of California, Davis. The board meets quarterly with the chancellor and several times during the quarter. If you are interested in a position on this board, please complete the application form, and return your application and CV to the Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and to the Chancellor at email@example.com by 5:00 p.m. on July 5th, 2012 . (Application is attached.)
About the CGPSA:
The purpose of the Chancellor’s Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board is to advise the Offices of the Chancellor and Provost, advocate on the behalf of graduate and professional students, and take action when necessary by initiating projects that tackle issues impacting the student experience such as; enrollment and retention, research and creative activity, student services, funding, diversity, international experiences, advising and others. This board is intended to provide the opportunity for direct communication between the Chancellor and graduate and professional students at the University of California, Davis. The board is also a participant in the Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium and other projects beneficial to graduate and professional students. The board will also serve to inform students about activities within the Offices of the Chancellor and Provost and enable the Chancellor to receive feedback from students about current strategic initiatives that the University is undertaking.
To learn more about CGPSA please visit: