Science policy news weekly roundup: May 28, 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 smartin@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup.

STEM crisis or STEM surplus? Yes and yes (Bureau of Labor Statistics) STEM workforce issues are clouded by which sector of the workforce is being examined.

Underfunding of Research Offers States an Economic Opportunity (Governing) As federal research funding stagnates, an opportunity emerges for states to step in as research leaders.

A recent article in Science Translational Medicine by Levine, et al, explains how the decline in federal support for biomedical research will affect patient care at academic medical centers. While that article is behind a paywall, these reports summarize the paper:

Nation’s research funding squeeze imperils patient care, say top medical school deans (EurekAlert-AAAS)

Nineteen medical school deans join together to call for sustainable biomedical research funding (EurekAlert-AAAS)

21st Century Cures Act:

21st Century Cures Act progresses through US Congress (The Lancet) The 21st Century Cures Act was unanimously approved by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce.

“21st Century Cures” Could Revolutionize Biotech (Money Morning)

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