August 21, 1988 |
The city's Class 500 grants program once again is living up to its tradition of controversy, with Mayor Goode and City Council grappling over control of the giveaway. Among those caught in the middle: at least 17 Northeast groups. Those community organizations were among nearly 150 groups in the Northeast that were expecting to receive money this year, according to a list of recommendations submitted to the mayor by Council. But the administration, which has the final say on awards, has decided against awarding the 17. The biggest loser is Glen Foerd on the Delaware, the community mansion and estate in East Torresdale.
October 8, 1999 |
In a decision that some medical experts say could inhibit the willingness of doctors to criticize their colleagues' mistakes, the state Supreme Court has ruled that physician "peer reviews" at hospitals cannot always be kept confidential. In a nine-page opinion issued last Friday, the court unanimously concluded that a surgeon at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby is entitled to an audiotape of a meeting at which other physicians reviewed his conduct in a surgery that allegedly went awry.
October 20, 2006 |
Once upon a time, if Stanford professor Peter P. Lee's paper on leukemia was not accepted by a journal, it would be banished to academic oblivion. But, faced with a handful of fraud cases, publications are beginning to put the evaluation process online, in a sort of academic Wikipedia that upends traditional secret peer review. That's why Lee's paper was available for critiques, good and bad, on Nature's Web site. From June to September, the journal allowed authors to put their work online, and required reviewers to post their names and affiliations.
November 4, 2005 |
As a first-year medical student, Haig Setrakian spends a lot of time with his lab partners - up to 12 hours a week, not counting evenings out. Now, his professors want to know what he's learned about his fellow would-be doctors, and whether he thinks they should be doctors at all. After a few months in his gross anatomy class at the Drexel University College of Medicine, his professors handed out a peer-evaluation form, asking him to evaluate his...
January 19, 1989 |
City Council yesterday began probing the Class 500 money mess, and quickly found a solution: Take back control of the money. "No organization has greater wisdom than the collective judgment of City Council," Councilman David Cohen said as a special Council committee discussed reforms in the city's distribution of more than $10 million to community and cultural groups. Committee chairman John F. Street, after announcing Council had no preconceived ideas on how to award Class 500 grants, said this year's process - initially controlled by Mayor Goode - "should never be repeated.
January 25, 2004
The Bush administration is determined to give new meaning to the term political science. While jabbering about "sound science," President Bush has packed advisory panels with ideological appointments, censored reports, and gagged government scientists. Now, an obscure administrative power grab, camouflaged as a scientific gold standard, will likely result in giving politics even more control over science. The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is tarnishing "peer review," a respected process routinely used by academic journals and government agencies.
April 4, 2013 |
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday released detailed plans for its comprehensive radiation study of oil and gas development and said it intends to begin sampling this month. The agency plans to analyze radioactivity levels of flowback waters, treatment solids, drill cuttings, and drilling equipment, along with the transportation, storage and disposal of drilling wastes. DEP says current data do not indicate any health risks, but activists have raised concerns about naturally occuring radioactivity in materials extracted from the mile-deep wells.
March 31, 1988 |
In an attempt to end a long-running debate over the size of the borough's Police Department, the Hatboro Council has voted to conduct a study of the department. The Borough Council voted, 6-1, Monday to have a police chief outside the department review the manpower and the deployment of the 12-member department. In December, the council approved a budget calling for one less police officer than the previous budget provided for - a move that rankled the mayor and police chief.
June 30, 1988 |
A Delaware County police chief has been selected to study financially strapped Hatboro's Police Department in an attempt to resolve a political dispute over manpower levels. Brookhaven Police Chief John Eller was selected by the state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and approved by the Hatboro Borough Council to perform the study of efficiency and staffing, council President Thomas McMackin said after the council's Monday night meeting. In December, the council approved a budget with money for a 12-member Police Department, one less officer than in the 1987 budget.
August 3, 1988 |
City Council President Joseph E. Coleman has sent congratulatory letters to hundreds of private groups favored by Council for city Class 500 grants, pre- empting a selection process established by the Goode administration in the wake of a public controversy. Administration officials have said they planned to announce the awards of $10 million in cultural and community grants in mid-August, after weighing the recommendations of Council against those of "peer review panels" made up of experts outside government.