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Greetings Policy Blotter readers,

My name is André Porter, and I am the new policy analyst here at the ASBMB.  I will be working to make sure that the policy issues relevant to the biochemistry and molecular biology community are advocated for and that the community stays abreast to the changes in the political landscape.  My background includes a B.S. as well as a M.S. in biology with a concentration in behavioral genetics from Howard University.  Additionally, I come to ASBMB with eight years of federal experience, serving most recently at the National Science Foundation and prior to that at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

My goal has always been to make an impact in my field, however, how I want to achieve that impact has changed over time.  Working on programs that fund the research that pushes the community forward and having to adjust to changes in policy has highlighted for me the advocacy needs for the very science that not only impacts textbooks but the health and economy of the world.  As a result, my career has taken me from a scientific regulatory agency to an agency whose main charge is the support of basic research.  I have developed a deep understanding of not only the internal structure and procedures of such federal agencies but also the congressional pressures and fluctuations that ultimately affect how they operate and the research they fund.  These experiences have shaped my career into one that seeks to affect the science policy environment and help facilitate the amazing scientific advancements that are being conducted throughout the world.

I look forward to working with the community to increase the reach of our advocacy efforts and bring awareness to the importance of the research being conducted by ASBMB members.  To that end, I will be contributing weekly articles to the Blotter, whether it be providing updates to new research initiatives, explaining issues on the Hill, summarizing congressional hearings or writing a round-up of policy news for the week.  Additionally, I plan to look for opportunities to extend the range of ASBMB’s advocacy activities to engage new stakeholders and organizations in the future.

If you have any suggestions or would like to become more involved, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at aporter@asbmb.org.

André

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