(BioMed Central 3 July 2015) A total of 175 journals in BioMed Central’s publishing portfolio now have impact iactors in the recently published Journal Citation Report 2015, of which 104 journals rank in the top half of their categories.
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The Conversation Ian Chubb 6 July 2015
Starting in late 2014, I convened a series of roundtables with representatives across the disciplines, with a view to learning from success. The Prime Minister announced the outcomes of that process in May: nine science and research priorities, each with three to four corresponding practical research challenges. It is a significant step forward, and it is important that the implications are properly understood.
This is the first in our series on the Science and Research Priorities recently announced by the Federal Government. Stay tuned for expert roundups on each of the nine priorities in coming days.
ABC News Stephanie Anderson 3 July 2015
Year 12 participation rates in science subjects as well as top level mathematics are at a 20-year low, according to Australia’s chief scientist Ian Chubb. Professor Chubb said Australia’s future would rely heavily on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and teachers need more support to encourage students to get involved.
ABC News Frances Adcock 3 July 2015
More than 150 people have signed an online petition, which has been tabled in State Parliament, calling for the reopening of the Maryborough Hospital pathology unit in southern Queensland.
Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders said more than 2,000 people had also signed a hard copy petition that would be handed to the Government later this month
The pathology unit was closed in 2012 as part of government budget cuts and relocated to Hervey Bay Hospital.
Health Minister Cameron Dick said Pathology Queensland was currently in talks with the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service.
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The Australian Government is developing a comprehensive science policy that will be underpinned by a strategy for a science nation in which scientific thinking and applied science can be found in all sectors of our economy.
A paper from the Chief Scientist, released in September 2014, set out the case for concerted effort in STEM. It has received positive feedback from all sectors of the community. In April this year, the Commonwealth Science Council considered actions the Government could take to respond.
The consultation on STEM will be one very important component in delivering our plan to develop a nation in which science is not only valued for its intrinsic merit, but also for its practical applications.
Why We Are Consulting
The purpose of this consultation is to test the Government’s response to the recommendations in the Chief Scientist’s report: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Australia’s Future.
The Government has set in train activities and policies to improve our STEM performance and address the Chief Scientist ‘s recommendations. This paper highlights those activities and identifies additional actions that can be taken.
This is an opportunity for all Australians to have their say.
ABC News 24 June 2015
A national industrial campaign concerning public servants will reach Brisbane on Wednesday with Customs officers and CSIRO employees set to walk off the job.
ABC News 23 June 2015
Climate change poses such a threat to public health it risks undoing the gains of the last 50 years, a major study has found.
The Lancet Commission on climate change and health has found the threat continues to be underestimated, but that tackling it could be a huge opportunity to improve global health.
View the fulltext of the 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change http://www.thelancet.com/commissions/climate-change-2015
Related: 10 recommendations for governments to improve public health by tackling climate change / ABC News 23 June 2015