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The ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, discusses the launch of the ASBMB’s new Grassroots Science Advocacy Network.
Porter also provides a report on the spring meeting of the Directorate for Biological Sciences Advisory Committee at the National Science Foundation
Last weekend, tens of thousands of individuals inside and outside of the scientific community descended on more than 600 cities worldwide in solidarity to support evidence-based science policymaking and research funding. Many in the scientific community saw these marches as an overwhelming success, adding faces and voices to the world’s scientific innovators. However, these marches were merely a show of force in the ongoing battle for increased science funding. While funding for scientific research appears to have bipartisan and bicameral support, much more needs to be done to secure funding for future research endeavors.
Regardless of which state you live in or what political party you belong to, you benefit from federally funded scientific research. Advancements in technologies, knowledge and cures are a direct result of federal research funding. Today, it seems every issue is heavily argued between those on the right and left. Despite the dramatic increase of partisan politics that has occurred in recent months, one issue should be abundantly clear by all: Everybody loses in a war on science.
Everybody loses in the war on science (The Denver Post)