Science policy weekly roundup: February 23, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: February 23, 2018

ASBMB Hill Day applications close next Monday

Scientists have until next Monday, Feb. 26, to apply for the ASBMB Student/Postdoc Capitol Hill Day. Selected applicants will attend several meetings with congressional representatives in Washington, D.C in April. Apply here.


NRSA individual predoctoral fellowship program discontinued

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences is discontinuing its Ruth L. Kirschenstein National Research Service Award individual predoctoral fellowship (Parent F31) Program. The decision comes as NIGMS is refocusing its funds to support graduate students through the T32 Institutional Predoctoral Training grants instead. Read more here.


At least 60 science candidates running for Congress in 2018

More than 60 candidates with STEM backgrounds are running for Congress this November. More than 200 other science candidates are running for state legislative seats. Many of these candidates are political novices worried about the anti-fact and anti-science rhetoric from these past few years. Although candidates will face crowded primaries, longtime incumbents and challengers with deep financial networks, many are optimistic about their chances of winning their races. Read more here.  


Biden offers enthusiastic support of science research

In a passionate speech at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, former Vice President Joe Biden showered support on the research enterprise, suggesting that the U.S. should double or even triple its investment in basic research. A strong advocate of cancer research who shepherded the Cancer Moonshot while in office, Biden continues to advocate for basic science through his nonprofit, the Biden Cancer Initiative. Read more here.

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