Science policy news weekly roundup: October 10, 2014

The roundup is formatted with the title of the story, followed by the news source in parentheses and a brief summary. If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to esiebrasse@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup.

Ebola

Warren blames Congress for slashing Ebola research funding (The Hill) U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., argues that funding cuts to U.S. health agencies have affected the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak.

Markey argues against cutting funding for federal agencies during Ebola outbreak (news release) U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., calls on Congress to pass an omnibus appropriations bill that restores funding to U.S. health agencies.

Ebola crisis creates sense of urgency to restore National Institutes of Health funding (Roll Call, opinion) While Mary Woolley, president of Research!America, believes the U.S. is developing promising Ebola treatments, she describes how NIH funding cuts have resulted in the loss of hundreds of research proposals.

Democrats request hearing to examine health funding amid Ebola outbreak (The Hill) Democrats on the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies call for a Congressional hearing to discuss the effects of decreased funding on the Ebola outbreak.

Early career scientists

Congressman wants to lower the age at which scientists receive their first grant (ScienceNOW) Scientists are wary of a plan by U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., to lower the average age at which a scientist receives his or her first NIH grant.

Glut of postdoc researchers stirs quiet crisis in science (Boston Globe) Many U.S. postdocs are stuck and unable to move on to faculty positions due to limited funding opportunities, and their numbers are increasing.

Other

Chimpanzees could be granted human rights in landmark court ruling (Evening Standard) Lawyers for Tommy the chimp argue for his “personhood” in court this week. The court’s ruling could have far-reaching effects on animal research in the U.S.

Return on research funding benefits everyone (Des Moines Register, opinion) While research conducted at the National Institutes of Health benefits everyone, decreased funding is limiting the number of grants that can be funded. A medical school dean calls for legislation to reverse this trend.

Not the time to cut funding for cancer research (The Hill, opinion) A Yale professor describes her fight with breast cancer and the need for increased funding for the National Cancer Institute. As with the rest of the National Institutes of Health, funding to NCI has decreased significantly.

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