IHP news #381
By The editorial team on August 19, 2016 Dear Colleagues,
I’m probably not the only one who has thoroughly enjoyed the Olympics in Rio over the past two weeks. It’s just great to see athletes from all around the globe compete and excel (although not everybody can be Michael Phelps, Simone Biles or Usain Bolt, of course), and in the process unite all people of a nation, even a divided one (as was the case in Belgium with the magnificent gold medal in the heptathlon, for example). Excellence and societal relevance, all in one and the same athlete! There are obviously quite some similarities with science, although there are also differences – for example scientists tend to have a longer career than most athletes, at least if they can secure fundingJ, and of course the average (greying/bald/wrinkled…) scientist is far less good looking than athletes in their prime. But by and large, just like Olympic athletes, scientists also aim to be excellent in what they do and reach for the sky. The best are also often societally relevant. Against that backdrop, it seems only fair that a Belgian Foundation not only rewards some of the best and brightest in science, but also finances premiums paid to top Belgian athletes in Rio (as they did in the previous two Olympics). By the way, a while ago, the name of one of the key families behind that Foundation popped up in the Panama (tax optimization related) papers. Societally relevant? As Richard “Mayo” Gere used to shout vigorously in ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’, “ Yes, sir!”
On that cheerful note, let us move over to the global health news of the week. There’s plenty, as you’ll notice, with a starring role for Bloomberg, former mayor of New York.
In this week’s Featured article, Esther Nakkazi (journalist in residence at ITM) focuses on African journals and their relative neglect by many (including the compiler of this digest). On a more positive note, though, she notices an increasing trend towards open access.
Enjoy your reading.
The editorial team
(you find the pdf-version of the newsletter here: IHPn381 )
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