Transition Update – One week in

Transition Updates President-elect Donald Trump is putting together his Cabinet. It was widely reported yesterday that neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate Ben Carson took himself out of the running for consideration as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, citing his lack of experience in running an agency.  Others in the running…

Guest Blog: Jonathan Sachs talks about inclusion

Below is a guest post by Jonathan Sachs, of the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Sachs is a member of the ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee, and was inspired by the statement put out by ASBMB reaffirming our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  His views are his, and not the position of ASBMB or the PAAC.…

Statement from the ASBMB on its commitment to diversity and inclusion upon the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is committed to ensuring a diverse, inclusive and supportive environment in which scientists can make the important breakthroughs that will improve the health and quality of life of people across the world. During the 2016 presidential election, we heard harsh rhetoric  that caused great concern among those…

NIH offers one-time relief for Kirchstein award pay gap

  Last week, the ASBMB’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee sent a letter on behalf of the society’s members asking that the National Institutes of Health provide direction, best practices and policy changes to help investigators deal with the squeeze that the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule will put on research budgets. Following our request, this…

Science policy news weekly roundup: November 11, 2016

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB’s Director of Public Affairs, Ben Corb, gives a quick analysis of the 2016 election results. Election 2016 – A quick analysis   The 45th…

Election 2016 – A quick analysis

There is nothing in the 2016 election results that should indicate that the National Institutes of Health will lose support in the 115thCongress. I have always said that no one ever wants to be on “Team Cancer.”  No one is ok with the devastating impact cancers and diseases like it have on people. Funding the…

Science policy news weekly roundup: November 4, 2016

  The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, discusses how essential international collaborations and immigrants are if the United States wants to continue to lead the world…

Anti-globalization rhetoric threatens scientific and technological progress

The U.S. depends on international collaborations and immigrants to solve domestic and global problems   Opponents of globalization point to low-wage immigrant workers, trade imbalances and cultural differences as reasons for redefining the United States’ international relationships and tightening its immigration laws. What rarely figures into the conversation is the fact that international collaborations and…

Science policy news weekly roundup: October 28, 2016

  The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org.   The hyper-partisan state of our current political environment extends to the once congenial House Science Committee, leaving many in the science community worried. Recently, there have been disagreements…