Science policy weekly roundup: December 22, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: December 22, 2017

The National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director discusses strategies to support the next generation of researchers

Science Policy Analyst André Porter summarizes discussions about how to best support the next generation of researchers at the meeting of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director. While the NIH has remained committed to supporting young researchers, effective strategies have remained elusive. A possible third iteration of new policies may be introduced in 2018, as the NIH struggles to satisfy critics. Read more here.


Congress passes tax reform legislation

After weeks of negotiations between Republican factions in the U.S. House and Senate, Congress passed the U.S. Tax and Jobs Act. The new law would reform the U.S. tax code and affect almost every American. The final language does not include provisions that would repeal graduate student tax waivers. The legislation could go into effect as early as January. Read more here.


Government shutdown avoided by delaying votes for contentious issues to the new year

Congress passed yet another continuing resolution to fund the government until mid-January, avoiding a holiday government shutdown. Negotiations to pass this stopgap funding bill were complicated by disputes over healthcare, abortion, immigration, and defense funding. The lack of an annual budget can negatively affect science research, preventing new programs from being implemented and reducing the amount of grant money available to scientists. Read more here.


The National Institutes of Health revamps minority mentoring network

The NIH is overhauling a 2014 initiative designed to increase diversity of the biomedical research workforce: the National Research Mentoring Network. In its second phase, NRMN’s faculty mentorship training and online student mentoring activities will be complemented by a research component to understand the factors affecting minorities in science. Read more here.

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