Science policy news: weekly roundup: March 18, 2016

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The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will not introduce companion legislation to the U.S. House’s 21st Century Cures. Instead, the committee will vote on smaller biomedical research bills that have bipartisan support. One of those smaller bills was introduce by the committee’s chairman, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. Mary Ellen McIntire wrote about that bill for Morning Consult, saying: ” The bill, the FDA and NIH Workforce Authorities Modernization Act, would authorize the FDA to pay employees salaries more similar to what they would make in the private sector and make it easier for the FDA to participate in the Biomedical Research Service, a program primarily used by the NIH to attract new talent, and raises the number of people eligible for the program at both agencies. It also aims to cut down on barriers of communication within centers of the FDA so researchers can more easily share information on developments. ”

Alexander, Murray Unveil Bill For Next Medical Innovation Markup (Morning Consult)

 

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met this week with leaders of the U.S. Congress in an effort to find a way to fund the “moonshot” to cure cancer.

Biden meets with lawmakers behind medical bills (The Hill)

 

The American Statistical Association issued an unprecedented policy statement for scientists on how to appropriately utilize the P-value statistical tool.

See:

An unhealthy obsession with p-values is ruining science (Vox)

Many scientific studies you read about are hinged on the wrong metric (Quartz)

Evolution of Reporting P Values in the Biomedical Literature, 1990-2015 (JAMA)

The Enduring Evolution of the P Value (JAMA)

Misleading p-values showing up more often in biomedical journal articles, Stanford study finds (EurekAlert!)

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