Science policy news weekly roundup: October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! 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.

Federal funding

Senators push huge science research fund (Huffington Post) U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, crafted the INVEST in a Health Future Act to provide additional funding for the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among other agencies. The bill likely will be introduced during the lame duck session.

Should the government fund only science in the national interest? (National Geographic) U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, is driving an ongoing debate about how much control Congress should have over the types of projects funded by federal science agencies.

Change happens (Huffington Post blog) Margaret Anderson, executive director of Faster Cures, explores some of the recent triumphs of biomedical research while laying out the future possibilities if given congressional support.

Biomedical research cuts hurting U.S. (KVIA, opinion) Biomedical research creates jobs and drives the economy, but budget cuts are dampening this effect and harming the U.S. response to Ebola.

Ebola

The Obama administration’s confused, contradictory Ebola response (The Week) While the White House continues to critique states instituting strict quarantine measures, the U.S. Department of Defense is quarantining soldiers returning from affected countries. The lack of a coordinated response from the executive branch is confusing to many.

Senator presses for more info on Ebola research (Bay Area Citizen) U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, calls for expedited development of an Ebola vaccine at the NIH.

Congress

Upset brewing in race for Michigan House seat? (The Hill) Although U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., was not thought to be in a competitive race, his opponent is now within 4 percentage points. Upton is chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce and is working on the 21st Century Cures Initiative, a major research funding bill.

The COMPETES reauthorization after the 2014 election (ScienceNOW) This Science magazine series explores how the upcoming election will affect the reauthorization of COMPETES, which governs the National Science Foundation.

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