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Chevron Announces $20 Million STEM-Focused Program.

The AP  (10/22) reports that Chevron is spending $20 million on the launch of a STEM-focused program dubbed the Appalachia Partnership Initiative. The program is designed to “improve schools and workforce development in 27 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.”

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review  (10/21) reports that the project will fund scholarships for community college programs and pay for energy labs in two PA school districts that will have graduate student staff from Carnegie Mellon University. Chevron Appalachia president Nigel Hearne explained, “An educated and skilled workforce leads to economic success.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  (10/21, Gannon) notes other aspects of the program will feature “hands-on STEM projects in K-12 schools” along with training for teachers. Chevron Appalachia president Nigel Hearne announced the initiative on Tuesday, saying, “Our success is deeply linked to the region’s progress, and we believe the Appalachia Partnership Initiative will act as a catalyst for social investment that addresses workforce development and helps to build a new energy economy that creates jobs and economic development opportunities.”

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PayPal Co-Founder, Yelp Chairman Addresses University Of Illinois On Computer Science.

The Urbana/Champaign (IL) News-Gazette  (10/21, Des Garennes) reports on Max Levchin’s visit to the University of Illinois to celebrate the Department of Computer Science’s 50th anniversary; Levchin, a graduate himself, co-founded PayPal and is chairman of Yelp. Levchin and other spoke of the need to bring more women into the field and start computer science education sooner. The piece profiles Levchin’s work and success, as well as his influences and future interests, before providing his comments on the need for Illinois to adequately incentivize economic growth and start-ups rather than simply push state pride.

UT To Use DOE Funds To Study New Energy Source In Gulf.

The Houston Chronicle  (10/22, Dlouhy) reports “the University of Texas at Austin has won $58 million to investigate a potentially massive energy resource: methane trapped in ice-like crystals under the Gulf of Mexico and oceans around the world.” The Energy Department “is providing $41.2 million toward the grant, one of the largest government grants ever awarded to the university, with the rest coming from industry and research partners.” UT “plans to use the funding to harvest and analyze core samples of methane hydrate from sandstone reservoirs thousands of feet under the Gulf – the first time the deposits have been retrieved from U.S. waters.”

California Community Colleges Consider Adding New Accrediting Agencies.

The San Francisco Examiner  (10/22) reports that the Consultation Council, a group of representatives of California colleges, “met to discuss a recent recommendation by State Auditor Elaine Howle for the Chancellor’s Office to remove language from its regulations naming the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges as the sole accreditor for schools.” Noting that the ACCJC “voted to strip City College of San Francisco of its accreditation last year,” the article reports that the commission “has been under fire from state lawmakers and college officials following its June 2013 decision to revoke CCSF’s accreditation, effective this past summer.”

Researcher Calls Attention To Bullying In Colleges.

USA Today  (10/21, Krasselt) reports that though there is a “widespread” view that bullying ends in high school, Brian Van Brunt, President of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association, has focused his attention on college bullying, noting that it can actually become worse when “you’re adding [the] stress” of the college environment, particularly for “first year college students and those in the Greek system.” He also believes there is an increase in bullying at the college level, and is focusing his work on “rampage violence,” such as school shootings as the result of college bullying.

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NPG and Palgrave Macmillan make data from Author Insights survey publicly available as part of Open Access Week
Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and Palgrave Macmillan are making data from their Author Insights survey publicly available for the first time as part of Open Access Week. NPG and Palgrave Macmillan are making this anonymised data available in order to achieve greater understanding between authors, funders and publishers, particularly with regard to open access.
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Elsevier publishes new books on natural disasters and hazards
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the publication of four new books on natural disasters and hazards, including three from the newly developed Hazards and Disasters series edited by Dr. John F. Shroder. The Hazards and Disasters book series has been developed to provide researchers and professionals with an understanding of the latest scientific discoveries for assessment and prevention.
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Southern Adventist University selects EBSCO Discovery Service
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced that the Southern Adventist University in Tennessee has selected EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) as its discovery service. Southern Adventist University was recently ranked in the top 30 Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report for Regional Colleges in the South.
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Global Spine Journal and Evidence-Based Spine-Care Journal to merge into a single publication in 2015
Medical and scientific publishing house Thieme Publishing Group has announced that a number of major changes will be made to the AOSpine journals in 2015. The editors of Global Spine Journal and Evidence-Based Spine-Care Journal, Dr. Wang and Dr. Chapman, have announced that the titles will merge into a single publication in 2015 and will publish under the name Global Spine Journal.
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GBI-Genios’ wiso collections now indexed and discoverable via Central Index of Ex Libris Primo
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that all journals and the majority of reference databases hosted on GBI-Genios’ wiso-net platform have been indexed in the Ex Libris Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic resources, making the content easily discoverable via the Ex Libris Primo discovery service. In the coming months, the e-books hosted on wiso-net will also be accessible via Primo.
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UBM Tech names James Connolly as Editor-in-Chief and David Wagner as Community Editor of analytics and big data website and community All Analytics
Business information provider UBM Tech has named accomplished journalists James Connolly and David Wagner to lead the editorial team for the three-year-old website and online community All Analytics. Connolly, who was named editor-in-chief, previously had been executive editor on A2 and editor of other UBM Tech properties such as Storage Acceleration, The Enterprise Cloud Site, Big Data Republic, and The Future of Work Enabled.
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Holiday Notice
This is to inform our esteemed subscribers that there will be no newsletter dispatch on October 22, 2014 on account of Local holiday. We will resume our newsletter service on Thursday, October 23, 2014. The newsletter will contain all the headlines that have appeared after the October 21st issue.
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NASA Spacecraft Are Now Sending Back Data On Comet Encounter.

The Los Angeles Times Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (10/20, Khan) “Science Now” website reports that NASA’s three orbiters about Mars are sending back data on Comet Siding Spring following its pass by the planet on Sunday. MAVEN, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), and the Mars Odyssey were “unscathed” following the pass, and the data is expected to be processed over the next couple of days.

New Scientist Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (10/20, Graham) reported that with every Mars spacecraft safe, scientists are “revelling in the unexpected opportunity” to view a comet making its first pass into the interior of the solar system. Researchers are also reportedly exited by what the comet could reveal about Mars’ atmosphere.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (10/20, Porter) posted an interview with Glen Nagle from the CSIRO/NASA tracking station, who similarly explained the scientific value of the comet, both in and of itself and what it could reveal about Mars.

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Columnist: For-Profit Colleges Target Students Of Color.

In a column for the NNPA Black Press of America Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (10/21), Charlene Crowell notes that ED is preparing to announce “a new rule governing career education programs,” adding that the Center for Responsible Lending “has released research that finds high-cost, for-profit colleges make millions each year by targeting students of color.” She notes that such colleges make most of their money through “taxpayer funding,” and “their students incur heavy debts with low graduation rates and nearly no marketable skills.”

For-Profit College Grads Detail Their Experiences In Debt With Limited Prospects.

The Boston Globe Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (10/19, Woolhouse) details the stories of a handful of students who attended for-profit colleges on student loans, only to become indebted tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars with limited job prospects due to a lack of recognition for their degrees. The piece portrays the misleading advertisements of a few featured schools to entice enrollment through the promise of better careers, which one student felt “took advantage of” her desperation.

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International Open Access Week shines spotlight on increasing the impact of scientific research
Hundreds of events will take place across the globe to highlight the power that Open Access has to increase the impact of scientific and scholarly research during the seventh annual Open Access Week taking place from October 20-26, 2014. This year’s theme of ‘Generation Open’ highlights the important role that students and early career researchers play as advocates for change, both in the short-term through institutional and governmental policy, and also as the future of the Academy upon whom the ultimate success of the Open Access movement depends.
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Access to finance biggest obstacle for innovation, says TISP, Frankfurt Book Fair survey
The EU-funded network Technology and Innovation for Smart Publishing (TISP), in cooperation with the Frankfurt Book Fair, recently conducted a qualitative survey among European book publishers. The survey revealed that innovation is of great importance to book publishers. Almost three quarters (77%) of the over 120 respondents to a Europe-wide qualitative survey said they are developing new products and services.
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SAGE set to publish Healthcare Management Forum starting in 2015
Academic publisher SAGE and the Canadian College of Health Leaders have announced that SAGE will begin publishing the College’s journal, Healthcare Management Forum (HMF), with the first edition in January 2015. The journal publishes articles on leading practices related to health leadership and management, including recent research, new technology and professional practices from health leaders’ perspectives.
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Cegedim Board approves IMS Health’s offer to purchase Cegedim’s Information Solutions and CRM businesses
Information and technology services company IMS Health has announced that following successful completion of works council information and consultation requirements in certain countries, the Cegedim Board of Directors has approved IMS Health’s offer to acquire certain Cegedim information solutions and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) businesses. A definitive purchase agreement has been executed.
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Brill launches Brill Open Social Sciences
International scholarly publisher Brill has announced the launch of its new broad open access journal in the social sciences. Brill Open Social Sciences – An International Journal is now open for submissions. Submitted papers are subject to double-blind peer review and accepted only if methodologically sound and relevant.
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Information Today, Inc. webinar focuses on how the discovery ecosystem involves much more than the single search box
A recent Information Today, Inc. webinar, sponsored by ProQuest, discussion focused on how the discovery ecosystem involves much more than the single search box and the content that libraries make available to their users. Attention focused on the increasing role that librarians can play by embedding themselves within the researcher workflow, along with contextual guidance and new tools to help researchers at the point of need.
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OCLC Research, CNI and the George Washington University Libraries to co-sponsor Evolving Scholarly Record workshop
The Evolving Scholarly Record workshop, co-sponsored by OCLC Research, the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and the George Washington University Libraries, builds on the framework presented in the OCLC Research report, The Evolving Scholarly Record. Scheduled for December 10, 2014, at Washington, DC, this is the second in a series of Evolving Scholarly Record workshops. The first was held in Amsterdam on June 10, 2014.
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Latest edition of Blogspeak now online
The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Kent Anderson (Virtual Reality Research — Some Early Problems with Data Reanalysis and Risks of Open Data); Andrew Farke (Which (non-open access) journals can paleontologists access?); Bonnie Swoger (Correcting the scientific record: An introduction to retractions); Joseph Esposito (Revisiting Demand-driven Acquisitions); and Ben Lee (Public libraries play a central role in providing access to data and ensuring the freedom of digital knowledge). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
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Georgia State University College Of Education Receives $7.5 Million Federal Grant.

The Digital Journal  (10/20) reports the US Department of Education has awarded the Georgia State University College of Education $7.5 million for its Collaboration and Resources for Encouraging and Supporting Transformations in Education program. The program is designed to increase the number of teachers committed to high-need schools in urban and rural settings by partnering partner with Albany State University, Columbus State University, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, and nine county school systems to recruit, train and support 250-300 students who want to teach in STEM fields in conjunction with the college’s Federally funded Network for Chancing Teacher Quality. The college and its partners will also pair graduates with mentors, offer professional development, and provide support.

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New College Rating System May Use Flawed Graduation Rates.

An analysis in the Chronicle of Higher Education  (10/20) reports on speculation that new US Department of Education college-ratings will include graduation rates only including first-time, full-time students to graduate within a certain time frame. First-time, full-time students comprised only 55% of students newly enrolled in 2012 and only 41% at community colleges, excluding millions. The piece moves onto better data collected by the National Student Clearinghouse, which follows students over longer periods and across schools, doubling community college graduation rates. The clearinghouse can only provide the data to the Education Department with institutions’ permission, however, while lawmakers currently only allow for students who received Federal grants or loans to be included.

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Elsevier launches Mosby’s Home Health Care
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the availability of Mosby’s Home Health Care. This resource combines trusted home healthcare nursing content with convenient competency management functionality to provide a single comprehensive resource for home healthcare nurses, nurse educators and other home care professionals.
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Brill launches new OA journal – Brill Open Biology
Academic publisher Brill has announced the launch of a new open access journal in the field of biology, Brill Open Biology-An International Journal. The journal is now open for submissions. With his team of section editors, Editor-in-Chief Michael Schmitt, of the University of Greifswald, Germany, is aiming for the highest scholarly standards.
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EBSCO Information hires former Swets employees in the UK to help customers transitioning to EBSCO
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is opening a second office in the United Kingdom and has hired a number of former Swets employees to help customers transitioning to EBSCO as their subscription agent. EBSCO believes that this investment in infrastructure and staffing will provide libraries with the confidence to work with EBSCO during this critical renewals phase, and into the future.
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The Independent Scholarly Publishers Group now includes British Journal of General Practice from Royal College of General Practitioners
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) recently joined The Independent Scholarly Publishers Group (ISPG) and will add its well-reviewed journal British Journal of General Practice to the ISPG offerings. As part of the new agreement, ISPG clients worldwide will have access to the authoritative content found in the British Journal of General Practice.
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Cambridge Journals and the Paleontological Society announce publishing partnership
Academic publisher Cambridge University Press and the Paleontological Society have announced a new publishing partnership for the latter’s journals. Beginning in 2015, Cambridge Journals will be publishing the Journal of Paleontology and Paleobiology.
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McGraw-Hill Education releases Neurology Collection, the latest addition to the Access family of online medical resources
McGraw-Hill Education has announced a new approach to neurology reference, research, and curricular instruction with the release of the Neurology Collection, an online tool designed to help neurology students, residents, and program directors establish a solid base for learning and deliver indispensable support in certification and recertification. It is the most-recent addition to the Access family of medical resources found in nearly 90 percent of US medical schools.
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redOrbit.com partners with iCopyright to protect, promote, syndicate and monetise content
Science Matters Media LLC’s redOrbit.com has announced a new partnership with Seattle-based iCopyright to provide an intelligent copyright system for the distribution of redOrbit’s digital content. iCopyright will work with redOrbit.com to protect, promote, syndicate and monetize its content – from news and editorial articles, to blogs and independent creative works.
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Turner Construction To Build $23 Million Research Facility At Langley.

The Newport News (VA) Daily Press  (10/16, Brauchle) reports the US Army Corps of Engineers hired New York City-based Turner Construction to build a $23 million data center and “high-density office space” for the Langley Research Center. Langley’s Center Operations Directorate Director Cathy Mangum said the center will allow computer simulations to “anchor the research and development testing that we perform to meet the NASA mission.” The data center, she added, will allow Langley engineers “to perform advanced computational research and development in an energy efficient and sustainable facility.” Construction is set to begin later this month, with an expected opening date of August 2016.

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CFPB Vows To Help Private Student Loan Consumers.

The Huffington Post  (10/16, Nasiripour) reports on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s efforts to address the problems facing “distressed” student loan borrowers, and notes that on Thursday, CFPB issued a report that “finally suggested it would do something.” The piece notes that the report describes the “runarounds and hopelessness distressed student loan borrowers are treated to by lenders and loan servicers,” and reports that CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman Rohit Chopra “said it was time for the agency to examine new rules to better police the historically under-regulated student loan market.” The Post quotes Chopra saying, “That’s something that we are going to take a very close look at … and we are going to weigh every option to see that these problems get corrected. This is something we’re taking very seriously, and we do not want to see a repeat of what happened in mortgages happen here.” Several paragraphs down, the Post reports that ED spokeswoman Dorie Nolt did not comment on the report.

Inside Higher Ed  (10/16, Stratford) reports that the report says that “private student lenders are not doing enough to help struggling borrowers avoid default,” and notes that CFPB “reported a 38 percent increase in” complaints about student loan servicers over the past year. The article notes that Chopra faulted servicers for “simply not allowing distressed borrowers to modify their loan or enter into a more flexible repayment plan.”

The AP  (10/16, Gordon) reports that the report says that many borrowers go into default “because the companies servicing the loans aren’t offering reasonable options for improved terms,” and that “distressed borrowers are receiving scant information or help when they run into trouble with their private student loans.” The report also points out that regulators have made “little progress since last year in nudging companies to offer borrowers more reasonable terms.” The Chicago Tribune  (10/16, Chicago (IL), Tribune) and the Washington Post  (10/16, Marte) also cover this story.

Community College In Arkansas Awarded $9.8 Million For Job-Skills Development.

The West Memphis (AR) Evening Times  (10/16, Threm) reports Arkansas’s Mid-South Community College, in conjunction with the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, has been awarded a $9.8 million Federal grant from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training, for employment training in manufacturing, transportation, distribution, and logistics jobs. MSCC will receive $4,889,241: other members to receive funding are Southwest Tennessee Community College ($1,654,192), William R. Moore College of Technology ($1,672,000), and Tennessee College of Applied Technology (remainder). The piece highlights the plans and history of the alliance, with quotations from various government and organization leaders attesting to the importance of the initiative. MSCC has received TAACCCT funding for four consecutive years, as well as other grants detailed at the article’s close.

Study: Cash Incentives Increase Remedial Math Completion Rates.

NPR  (10/16) reports that a study conducted by social science research firm MDRC found that students in remedial math courses at Florida’s Hillsborough Community College were more likely to successfully complete their courses if offered a $600 bonus to do so. The article indicates that 87% of students being offered bonuses visited tutors, while only 49% of students not in the program did so.

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New Google Scholar study examines the growing impact of non-elite journals
The world of scholarly communication has witnessed immense changes over the last decade and Google Scholar has been a part of the change. To mark its 10th anniversary, Scholar will explore the impact of these changes – looking at how scholarship and citation patterns have changed as publications and archives moved online and comprehensive relevance-ranked search became available to everyone. As the next article in the 10th anniversary series, a study examining the evolution of the impact of non-elite journals has been published in arXiv.
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Elsevier provides free access to ClinicalKey to support healthcare professionals in West Africa battling the Ebola outbreak
STM publisher Elsevier has announced that it will provide free access to its primary online clinical information and reference tool, ClinicalKey, to support healthcare professionals in West Africa battling the Ebola outbreak. ClinicalKey provides evidence-based clinical answers drawn from the single largest body of clinical content available, including Medline, over 600 journals, over 1,100 books, drug information, guidelines, and patient education.
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Scientific American launches Spanish-language website
Science magazine Scientific American has launched ScientificAmerican.com/espanol, which will provide Spanish-language online readers with authoritative insights and news about the latest developments that matter in science, technology and biomedicine. ScientificAmerican.com/espanol features original reporting, as well as translated stories from Scientific American’s English-language edition and its editions in Spain, Investigación y Ciencia and Mente y Cerebro.
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PLOS appoints new Chief Editors for PLOS Biology
Open-access journal PLOS (Public Library of Science) has announced the appointment of Dr. Chris Ferguson and Dr. Emma Ganley as joint Chief Editors to PLOS Biology, effective October 13. Both are based in the UK.
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University of Hawai?i at Manoa to celebrate Open Access Week, October 20–27
The University of Hawai?i at Manoa will be celebrating Open Access Week, October 20–27. Throughout the week, the UH Manoa community is invited to learn about open educational resources at the Outreach College, to navigate the impact of copyright on teaching and research, and how to contribute to Wikipedia. Interested parties may visit the event website for the full schedule of events.
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Credo announces compliance with NISO Open Discovery initiative
Credo, the industry leader for information skills solutions, has announced its conformance with, and endorsement of, the recommendations of the National Information Standards Organization’s Open Discovery Initiative (ODI), making Credo the first reference content provider to do so. Credo’s compliance demonstrates the company’s advocacy for the unique, valuable role that reference plays in research, as well as its commitment to supporting industry standards and best practices in delivering innovative products and services to libraries and their users.
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Corrigendum
This is with reference to the news alert titled “Leading scientific journals from Europe and the US accused of ‘political’ rejections” covered in the News Section of Knowledgespeak (dated 14, October 2014). Readers may please note that the news article has been revised due to ambiguity reasons. The revised version of the news article is here.
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Lockheed Announces Plans For New Compact Fusion Reactor Concept.

Coverage of the Lockheed Martin announcement that its “Skunk Works” lab planned to unveil a new concept nuclear fusion reactor in 10 years received significant attention from business, energy and technology news outlets. Much of the coverage emphasized the Skunk Works connection with its storied history and the fact that nuclear fusion has been the “Holy Grail” of energy science. Greenwire  (10/15, Ling) reports Lockheed’s new technology will not only “shorten the infamous ‘30-years-away’ timeline for commercial fusion but also will shrink the size of its reactor from the size of a building to the size of a large truck – about 33 feet by 23 feet – or 10 times smaller than current models,” Lockheed said. Tom McGuire, compact fusion lead for Skunk Works’ Revolutionary Technology Programs, said, “Our compact fusion concept combines several alternative magnetic confinement approaches, taking the best parts of each, and offers a 90 percent size reduction over previous concepts.” McGuire added “The smaller size will allow us to design, build and test the [compact fusion reactor] in less than a year.”

Lockheed says its Compact Fusion Reactor is “conceptually safer, cleaner and more powerful than much larger, current nuclear systems that rely on fission,” Aviation Week  (10/16, Norris) reports. Lockheed believes that by being “compact,” the CFR as a “scalable concept will also be small and practical enough for applications ranging from interplanetary spacecraft and commercial ships to city power stations. It may even revive the concept of large, nuclear-powered aircraft that virtually never require refueling—ideas of which were largely abandoned more than 50 years ago because of the dangers and complexities involved with nuclear fission reactors.”

Bloomberg News  (10/15, Johnsson) reports that the “secretive Skunk Works unit, which designed the U-2 spy plane and F-117 stealth fighter jet, is developing a reactor to harness nuclear fusion, the process that powers the sun.” Lockheed said the CFR “reactor would burn less than 20 kilograms of fuel in a year, producing waste that’s ‘orders of magnitudes less’ than the ash and sludge spewed from coal plants.” The company is building on “60 years of research into fusion, a technology that promises to release more energy than current commercial units using nuclear fission, without the risk of Fukushima-style meltdowns.” The “technology could be deployed within a decade and would be smaller and easier to make than competing concepts,” Lockheed said.

Forbes  (10/15, Pentland) adds that in the “simplest terms, nuclear fission breaks a single atom into two whereas nuclear fusion combines two atoms into one.” Fusion creates “three to four times as much energy as fission” and does not “produce cancer-causing radioactive waste.” The “key breakthrough” involves using a “magnetic bottle” to “contain the vast amount of heat, which rises into the hundreds of millions of degrees, created by the nuclear reaction.” Forbes adds, “Containing and controlling the staggering levels of heat and pressure involved has hampered countless previous efforts to use fusion for generating electricity.”

The Business Insider  (10/16, Orwig) notes that the “main obstacle keeping us from emission-free and nuclear waste-free fusion power is the amount of energy it takes to produce the conditions for nuclear fusion in the first place.” Currently, “most facilities put in as much or more energy into their nuclear fusion systems than what they get out.” As Lockheed moves forward, “other laboratories across the country are not far behind.” Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory “houses the world’s most powerful laser capable of generating nuclear fusion reactions.” Last March, “researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, located in Middlesex County, New Jersey, ran large-scale simulations of nuclear fusion reactions at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility.”

Additional coverage was provided by Reuters  (10/16, Shalal),

Some Scientists Skeptical Of Lockheed’s Fusion Announcement. In a piece generally skeptical of the announcement, the Register (UK)  (10/16, Thomson) reports that while Lockheed’s McGuire “certainly talks a mean game,” experts are “skeptical, not just about the technology but about the manner in which it is being promoted.” Professor Edward Morse from UC Berkeley’s School of Nuclear Engineering in California said, “I think it’s very overplayed; they are being very cagey about divulging details.” Morse added, “An isolated group working in skunkworks is great at developing stealth aircraft, but it doesn’t fit for this kind of research.” Prof. Morse said that the reactor “looks very like the small devices he makes for plasma physics experiments.” He added, “The search for fusion has been long and painful and a lot of people embarrassed about it.”

The Business Insider  (10/16, Orwig) adds that “most scientists and science communicators we talked to are skeptical of the claim. ‘The nuclear engineering clearly fails to be cost effective,’ Tom Jarboe told Business Insider in an email.” Jarboe is a “professor of aeronautics and astronautics, an adjunct professor in physics, and a researcher with the University of Washington’s nuclear fusion experiment.” The CFR would generate power “from nuclear fusion by extracting energy through the extremely hot plasma contained inside it.” This “plasma consists of hydrogen atoms that, when heated to billions of degrees, fuse together,” releasing energy, “which the CFR then extracts and can eventually transfer into electricity.”

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John Wiley & Sons’ new online tool simplifies management of open access funds for institutions and funders
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced the launch of the Wiley Open Access Account Dashboard, an online tool that simplifies management of open access funds for institutions and funders. The Account Dashboard is now available for all Wiley Open Access Account holders.
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Jenny Kühne takes over rights and licensing at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Frankfurt Book Fair has announced that as of September 1, 2014, Jenny Kühne has been responsible for marketing the Frankfurt Book Fair’s RightsLink licensing service for online permissions. In addition, she will be responsible for the networking and further development of the previously existing rights activities of the Frankfurt Book Fair.
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SAGE extends partnership with Load2Learn scheme delivered by RNIB and Dyslexia Action
Academic publisher SAGE has announced an extended partnership with the Load2Learn initiative delivered by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Dyslexia Action to provide books in an accessible format for the visually impaired and print disabled. This partnership will enable all registered users access to over 2,000 SAGE books from across disciplines.
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Maney Publishing announces new editorial team for Materials Science and Technology
Academic publisher Maney Publishing has announced the appointment of Professor Harry Bhadeshia, Dr John Francis and Dr Andy Howe as co-Editors of Materials Science and Technology (MST), the flagship journal of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). This new editorial team takes over from Professor J F Knott OBE, University of Birmingham, UK, who is standing down as Editor after twelve years.
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SCOAP3 webinar to discuss status of the initiative and future plans
The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) recently marked the publication of its 3333rd article. The Consortium will host an online conversation on November 18th to discuss its first months of operation.
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Katya Pereyaslavska named ARL Visiting Program Officer for accessibility and universal design
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has announced the appointment of Katya Pereyaslavska as a visiting program officer (VPO) for accessibility and universal design, effective October 1, 2014. Pereyaslavska is the Scholars Portal Accessibility Librarian at the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) and the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL), a position she has held for two years.
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