Science policy news weekly update: January 6, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org.

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The ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, provides an overview of feedback from the ASBMB’s PAAC regarding the National Science Foundation’s strategic plan.

ASBMB’s PAAC provides feedback on the National Science Foundation’s strategic plan

 

President-elect Donald Trump ran his campaign on the promise of stimulating the U.S. economy. Investments in science leading to innovation historically have been a major driving force of economic growth. As president, one of Trump’s main responsibilities will be to promote science, technology and innovation to boost the economy. To do this, Trump will heavily rely on his scientific policy adviser to determine scientific research priorities for the country.

How does a US president settle on his science policy? (The Conversation)

 

After the election of Donald Trump, many in the scientific and medical research communities were left with a sense of uncertainty of what a Trump administration would mean for the biomedical field. With the hope of fostering continual progress toward the development of new treatments and cures, Margaret Anderson, the executive director of FasterCures at the Milken Institute, compiled a list of 10 issues to keep an eye on in 2017 that will be critical for the future of medical and research innovation.

Top 10 medical research issues and trends to watch in 2017 (Huffington Post)

 

Historically, after earning their Ph.D.s, many scientists pursued academic research or teaching positions. However, as the number of new Ph.D.s entering the labor pool grows each year, competition for scarce academic positions intensifies. While both private- and public-sector nonacademic careers have afforded new graduates opportunities to utilize some of their education and skills, training for those hoping to enter the nonacademic workforce is lacking.

The new face of U.S. science (Nature)

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