Elimination of tuition waiver in GOP tax plan would adversely affect graduate students
U.S. House GOP leaders released the legislative text of their tax plan this week. The proposal allows tuition that is usually waived by the university to be taxable, drastically increasing the tax liability of many graduate students. The ASBMB has released a statement opposing the proposed legislation as written. The Senate recently published an outline of its tax bill, which contains key differences to the House bill. Read about how the House bill would affect graduate students, and how the Senate bill outline compares to its House counterpart.
STEM politicians win big on Tuesday
Seventeen STEM scientists won elections throughout the U.S. on Tuesday. This includes Ralph Northam, a physician who was elected governor of Virginia. Many candidates ran as a response to President Donald Trump’s anti-science platform and were supported by 314 Action, a burgeoning political advocacy group helping scientists run for local and statewide office. Read more here.
The ASBMB joins the Energy Sciences Coalition
The ASBMB joined the Energy Sciences Coalition to advocate for the Department of Energy Office of Science. I write about attending a recent meeting of the advisory committee overseeing the office of Biological and Environmental Research. The DOE-SC has a variety of resources relevant to biochemists and molecular biologists. Read more here.
NIH details its Next Generation Researchers Initiative
NIH Director Francis S. Collins published an opinion piece in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America about the agency’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative. The article details the need to support early-career investigators and how this new initiative will do that. Read Collins’ article here. The ASBMB has responded to the NGRI and continues to monitor its progress. Read our posts regarding the NGRI and our feedback to the NIH here.