Policy & Ethics
In the U.S., it is estimated that more than 15,000 premature deaths could be prevented each year by supporting urban cycling.
- Environmental Health Perspectives
A new study suggests that having crop insurance may have discouraged Indiana farmers’ use of cover crops to promote soil health, although the results also suggest that the statistically significant effect is small. The findings could help researchers understand more about the unintended consequences of providing subsidies for crop insurance and encouraging more participation in the program.
Anew study surveyed surgical program directors to understand attitudes and perceptions around paternity leave, finding that stigma against male residents taking parental leave was common and that men often did not take the full amount of time offered for leave.
- JAMA Surgery
The 2nd International Agrobiodiversity Congress brought together over 3,100 participants from varied sectors in a 4-day virtual event to explore the role of agricultural biodiversity in transforming our food systems.
ROCKVILLE, MD – At their fall meeting, the Council of the Biophysical Society (BPS) discussed several orders of business important to a culture of inclusion. Specifically, the Council focused on the approval of a new set of Ethics Guidelines, created by an appointed Task Force for BPS Policy, for which the Society expects all members to comply. By committing to ethical behaviors, members live the BPS values, demonstrate respect for each other, and hold themselves responsible for public trust in science.
This five-year study funded by the National Science Foundation will enable researchers from multiple biological science disciplines to evaluate amphibian resilience to the disease chytridiomycosis, which is caused by a fungus that affects amphibians worldwide.