The ASBMB has released its third episode of its science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics.”
This episode begins with a summary of hearings held to update Congress on the progress of the 21st Century Cures Act. In his testimony to the U.S. House and Senate, National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins emphasized his agency’s commitment to support the next generation of researchers. The ASBMB has responded to the NIH’s blueprint, the Next Generation Researchers Initiative, and its now-scuttled plan, the Grants Support Index. The GSI policy was based on research showing decreased scientific productivity as the number of R01s increase.
The episode also provides an update on the controversial Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; our letter-writing campaign to remove the repeal of the graduate student tuition waiver; the damaging effects of continuing resolutions on the research community; and the status of the FY18 budget and a possibility of another government shutdown. We end the episode and close out the year by sharing our favorite science stories of 2017.
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