Science policy news weekly roundup: February 6, 2015 ?>

Science policy news weekly roundup: February 6, 2015

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 for inclusion in next week’s roundup.


President Obama released his fiscal 2016 budget request on Feb. 2, and science funding was prominently featured. In addition to boosting funding for most science agencies, the budget also launched Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative.

Obama budget seeks big boost for science – Nature

BUDGET 2016 COVERAGE: A roundup of Obama’s science spending request – ScienceInsider

What will Obama’s budget have in store for digital health? – Politico

The significance of President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative – Brookings


Racial and ethnic diversity were in the news as they related to graduate education and enrollment in clinical trials.

Lack of diversity in graduate biomedical research education – Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Lung research survey highlights lack of minority subjects in many biomedical studies – ScienceInsider

Additional listings

A possible new grant mechanism at NIH (ASBMB Policy Blotter) – The NIH is asking for input on a proposed new grant mechanism for senior investigators.

Alexander, Murray announce initiative to examine drug, device development and review process (news release) – This appears to be the U.S. Senate’s counterpart to the House’s 21st Century Cures initiative

FDA head Margaret Hamburg to resign in March; Ostroff to be acting chief (The Washington Post) – FDA Commissioner Hamburg will step down after 6 years on the job.

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