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NIH is looking for an Associate Director for Data Science: Statisticians should consider applying

NIH understands the importance of data and several months ago they announced this new position. Here is an excerpt from the add: The ADDS will focus on the urgent need and increased opportunities for capitalizing on the expanding collections of biomedical data to advance NIH’s mission. In doing so, the incumbent will provide programmatic NIH-wide leadership for areas of data science that relate to data emanating from many areas of study (e.

Please save the unsolicited R01s

Editor’s note: With the sequestration deadline hours away, the career of many young US scientists is on the line. In this guest post, our colleague Steven Salzberg , an avid _Editor’s note: With the sequestration deadline hours away, the career of many young US scientists is on the line. In this guest post, our colleague Steven Salzberg , an avid  and its peer review process, tells us why now more than ever the NIH should prioritize funding R01s over other project grants .

Does NIH fund innovative work? Does Nature care about publishing accurate articles?

_Editor’s Note: In a recent post we disagreed with a Nature article claiming that NIH doesn’t support innovation. Our colleague Steven Salzberg actually looked at the data and wrote the guest post below. _ Nature published an article last month with the provocative title “Research grants: Conform and be funded.” The authors looked at papers with over 1000 citations to find out whether scientists “who do the most influential scientific work get funded by the NIH.

This graph shows that President Obama's proposed budget treats the NIH even worse than G.W. Bush - Sign the petition to increase NIH funding!

The NIH provides financial support for a large percentage of biological and medical research in the United States. This funding supports a large number of US jobs, creates new knowledge, and improves healthcare for everyone. So I am signing this petition:  NIH funding is essential to our national research enterprise, to our local economies, to the retention and careers of talented and well-educated people, to the survival of our medical educational system, to our rapidly fading worldwide dominance in biomedical research, to job creation and preservation, to national economic viability, and to our national academic infrastructure.