Science policy roundup: Nov. 17, 2017 ?>

Science policy roundup: Nov. 17, 2017

The ASBMB debuts first episode of “Pipettes and Politics” The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has released a science policy podcast titled “Pipettes and Politics.” Hosted by the public affairs department, the podcast discusses politics and policies that affect the science community. The first episode considers the ramifications of the U.S. House of Representatives’ tax proposal to eliminate tuition waivers for graduate students. Listen here.   National Science Board addresses skilled technical workforce issue ASBMB Science Policy Analyst…

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The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology debuts the first episode of ‘Pipettes and Politics’ ?>

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology debuts the first episode of ‘Pipettes and Politics’

  The ASBMB has released the first episode of “Pipettes and Politics,” a science policy podcast hosted by the society’s public affairs department. This podcast will provide a peek into the politics of the Beltway and how they may affect the research enterprise. Listeners can expect to hear candid conversations between ASBMB’s public affairs staffers as they unpack topics ranging from new legislation in Congress to policies at federal agencies and policies issues within the research community. In their first…

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The National Science Board moves to address issues with the nation’s ‘skilled technical workforce’ ?>

The National Science Board moves to address issues with the nation’s ‘skilled technical workforce’

  The National Science Board convened last week for its final meeting of 2017.  The board reviewed programs and activities within the Directorate for Engineering, the latest iteration of its Science and Engineering Indicators report, and approved a charge to investigate the National Science Foundation’s role in support of the nation’s skilled technical workforce. Highlights from the meeting are below. The strategy committee highlighted one of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas, gave an overview of the Engineering Directorate’s activities and provided…

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Science policy roundup: November 10, 2017 ?>

Science policy roundup: November 10, 2017

Elimination of tuition waiver in GOP tax plan would adversely affect graduate students U.S. House GOP leaders released the legislative text of their tax plan this week. The proposal allows tuition that is usually waived by the university to be taxable, drastically increasing the tax liability of many graduate students. The ASBMB has released a statement opposing the proposed legislation as written. The Senate recently published an outline of its tax bill, which contains key differences to the House bill….

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ASBMB statement in response to H.R.1, the tax cuts and jobs act ?>

ASBMB statement in response to H.R.1, the tax cuts and jobs act

  The following statement is from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Tax reform efforts currently being debated in the House of Representatives would damage the nation’s scientific enterprise and weaken America’s position as the global leader for scientific breakthroughs and innovation.  Changes to the tax policy will raise the deficit and threaten investments in research and development for years to come. As constructed, H.R. 1 will increase the federal deficit by…

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ASBMB joins the Energy Sciences Coalition to advocate for the Department of Energy Office of Science ?>

ASBMB joins the Energy Sciences Coalition to advocate for the Department of Energy Office of Science

The ASBMB recently joined the Energy Sciences Coalition, a group of universities, professional societies and institutes that support the Department of Energy Office of Science. Similar to the Coalition for Health Funding that supports the National Institutes of Health, the ESC advocates to Congress on behalf of the DOE-SC, hosting congressional briefings on the Hill, organizing webinars and coordinating Hill Days with coalition partners. The DOE-SC, which supports physics to atmospheric sciences to genomic research, houses particle accelerators, computing centers,…

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Science policy roundup, November 3, 2017 ?>

Science policy roundup, November 3, 2017

  Addressing diversity In August, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences requested feedback from the community on the potential impacts of changing the funding vehicle for some of the institute’s undergraduate and predoctoral diversity programs. Read a recap of the ASBMB’s feedback here.   Chair of the House Science Committee retires U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, will not to seek reelection in 2018.  Smith long has been at odds with the scientific community. As chairman of the House Science,…

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ASBMB provides feedback on latest NIGMS proposal to increase diversity ?>

ASBMB provides feedback on latest NIGMS proposal to increase diversity

  In August, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences requested feedback from the scientific community on the potential impacts of changing the funding vehicle for some of the institute’s undergraduate and predoctoral diversity programs.  The institute is seeking to support a broader swath of students by moving its undergrad diversity programs, which use the research education code (R25), to training grants (T32 or T34).  Training grants allow grantees to extend tuition support to undergraduate students, which is not possible…

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Science policy weekly news update: October 27, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: October 27, 2017

  Standardizing postdoc titles Eight scientists and science policy experts with ties to the ASBMB published an opinion article in the journal eLife this week making the case that what we call postdoctoral researchers really does matter. Read the ASBMB announcement and the eLife article.   What is next for the March for Science? It has been six months since the March for Science, a global event uniting hundreds of thousands of scientists from around the world to highlight the…

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What we call postdoctoral researchers matters, scientists say ?>

What we call postdoctoral researchers matters, scientists say

  ROCKVILLE, MD. – In an opinion piece in the journal eLife, eight scientists and science policy experts make the case for standardizing how postdoctoral researchers are categorized by human resources offices and provide a framework that willing institutions can follow. The authors argue that the widespread use of inconsistent titles for researchers who’ve earned Ph.D.s and hold temporary research positions, primarily at academic institutions, makes tracking their progress difficult and counting them simply impossible. What’s more, the authors say, different…

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