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Scientists in Government Report

Strengthening Science in Government: Advancing Science in the Public's Interest describes the results of research by the Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy's (SKAPP) Scientists in Government project and provides recommendations for strengthening government science.

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SKAPP Releases Results of Scientists in Government Research

SKAPP's new report Strengthening Science in Government: Advancing Science in the Public’s Interest identifies concrete steps that agencies and the executive branch can take to strengthen federal science.

Senate Confirms David Michaels to Head OSHA

December 4, 2009 - The US Senate confirmed David Michaels as the new Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

SKAPP Requests Diacetyl Update from FDA

December 3, 2009 - SKAPP has requested an update from FDA on the status of its 2006 petition to cancel diacetyl's "generally recognized as safe" status.

Society for Environmental Journalists Honors Doubt is Their Product

July 22, 2009 - The Society for Environmental Journalists awarded David Michaels' Doubt is Their Product an honorable mention in their annual Rachel Carson Environment Book Award.

SKAPP Comments on Presidential Memo on Scientific Integrity

May 13, 2009 - The Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy (SKAPP) submitted comments to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) regarding the implementation of scientific integrity principles that President Barack Obama laid out in a Presidential Memorandum on March 9, 2009.

Culture Clash - Scholars Explore the Collision of Legal and Scientific Conventions

May 6, 2009 - SKAPP and the Duke University Law School have produced an issue of Law and Contemporary Problems focusing on the often-problematic collision of conventions used in the scientific and legal disciplines.

Celeste Monforton Testifies in Senate

April 28, 2009 - Celeste Monforton testified at a hearing about incentives to make workplaces safer held by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions' Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety.

Doubt is Their Product Wins Recognition from Library Journal and AAP

March 3, 2009 - Library Journal has selected David Michaels’ Doubt is Their Product as one of its Best Sci-Tech Books of 2008, and the American Association of Publishers named it a finalist in their PROSE Awards.

David Michaels Wins Sigma Xi’s McGovern Award

January 28 - Sigma Xi, the international honor society of research scientists and engineers, has chosen SKAPP Director David Michaels as the winner of its 2009 John P. McGovern Science and Society Award.