Science policy weekly roundup: February 15, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: February 15, 2019

Trump to sign spending bill to fund government and avert another partial shutdown President Donald Trump is expected to sign a funding bill today to avoid another partial government shutdown. Trump is also expected to declare a national emergency, which would allow him to divert funds from other sources to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Read more here.   Funding bill includes boosts for federal science agencies The federal funding bill includes significant increases in funding…

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ASBMB comments on Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX ?>

ASBMB comments on Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee submitted comments on Jan. 26 regarding the Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX. The PAAC’s response addressed the Department of Education’s proposal to narrow the definition of sexual harassment, raise the bar for admissible evidence, and require that institutions only investigate incidents that occur on campus or during campus-sponsored events. Such changes would significantly reduce the number of reported violations. According to the National Academy of Sciences’ report on sexual harassment in…

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The shutdown, a startup, stories and stamps ?>

The shutdown, a startup, stories and stamps

By Daniel Wilson | Carnegie Mellon University   Most students graduating with Ph.D.s in the life sciences and planning to work in industry probably don’t pay a whole lot of attention to how U.S. lawmakers’ budget negotiations are going. But many found out the hard way during the recent government shutdown that, indeed, their work and livelihoods can be put in jeopardy when Congress and the president are at an impasse. Amber Lucas was one of the young scientists affected….

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The ASBMB Responds to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address ?>

The ASBMB Responds to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address

The following is a statement from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In tonight’s State of the Union Address, President Donald Trump announced an ambitious goal to stop the spread of HIV / AIDS by the year 2030.  We applaud the president for such an ambitious plan, and look forward to seeing his detailed plans to make this a reality.  The nation’s biomedical research community – much of which is supported by…

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Where we’ve been: attending the January NIGMS advisory council meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: attending the January NIGMS advisory council meeting

  The National Institute of General Medical Sciences Advisory Council convened Jan. 25 to reissue funding announcements for existing programs, propose new funding opportunities and provide a report on the evaluation of the institute’s Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship. Highlights from the meeting are below. NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch discussed a new initiative to create accelerator hubs in states that have received grants through the Institutional Development Awards program. This initiative will seek to improve…

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Science policy weekly roundup: January 25, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: January 25, 2019

Apply for the ASBMB Student/Postdoc Capitol Hill Day The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is accepting applications for its annual Student/Postdoc Capitol Hill Day. Apply today for your chance to discuss the importance of science with your congressional representatives. The deadline to apply is Feb. 10. Apply today.   Meet the new ASBMB ATP delegates The ASBMB is proud to introduce the new delegates in its second cohort of the society’s Advocacy Training Program. These ASBMB members from…

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Meet the new ASBMB ATP delegates ?>

Meet the new ASBMB ATP delegates

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is proud to introduce the delegates in the second cohort of the society’s Advocacy Training Program. These 12 ASBMB members are at various stages of their careers and hail from all regions of the U.S. They were chosen for their dedication to advocating for the science community, their desire to learn more about effective means of advocacy and their experience as leaders in their labs and community. The delegates are: Zarina Akbary,…

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Apply for the ASBMB student/postdoc Capitol Hill Day ?>

Apply for the ASBMB student/postdoc Capitol Hill Day

  The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is now accepting applications for its annual Student/Postdoc Capitol Hill Day! Every year, the ASBMB brings trainees from across the country to meet with their congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. This fully funded opportunity gives trainees the chance to promote scientific research by directly interacting with policymakers. The deadline to apply is Feb. 10. The event will be March 27–29. Arriving on Wednesday, March 27, attendees will take part in an…

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Tell lawmakers to support science by ending the government shutdown ?>

Tell lawmakers to support science by ending the government shutdown

Tell lawmakers to support science by ending the government shutdown Click here to urge your representatives to reopen the federal government and support the vital work done by federal science agencies such as the National Science Foundation. Send an email, letter or tweet through our portal to make your voice heard.    As the shutdown continues, science is getting hurt As the U.S. government enters its 28th day of a partial shutdown, the closure of federal science agencies, including the…

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Science policy weekly roundup: January 11, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: January 11, 2019

Science policy weekly roundup: January 11, 2019   The partial U.S. government shutdown affects the National Science Foundation The American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s public affairs director, Benjamin Corb, details how the partial government shutdown, now entering its 21st day, is affecting the National Science Foundation and scientists funded by the agency.  No grants have been allocated in 2019 due to the shutdown. By this time in 2018, $103.3 million had been allocated. Read more here.   The…

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