Episode 6 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available
Emily Holubowich, executive director of the Coalition for Health Funding, joins the sixth episode of the ASBMB’s science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics,” to discuss the ongoing negotiations for the fiscal year 2018 and 2019 budgets. ASBMB public affairs staff members also cover the recent U.S. House science panel hearing on sexual misconduct in science, the White House report on science and technology during President Donald Trump’s first year, and a new grassroots campaign encouraging ASBMB members to write op-eds supporting science research. Listen to this episode on Soundcloud, iTunes, and Stitcher.
U.S. House Science Committee holds hearing on sexual harassment and misconduct in science
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee convened a hearing on sexual harassment and misconduct in science in an effort to stop sexual misconduct and harassment in the laboratory and at field sites. Committee members sought assurances from the National Science Foundation that they would investigate claims of sexual harassment, pull grants from investigators deemed guilty of misconduct, and protect victims from retaliation. Read more here.
OSTP releases science and technology highlights during Trump’s first year
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released a report highlighting science and technology accomplishments during Trump’s first year as president. The report discusses the administration’s ongoing support for innovative science and technology research. However, critics point to the White House’s proposed funding cuts to federal science agencies and the lack of science appointees as evidence that the administration does not prioritize science and technology as the report claims. Read more here.
How scientist candidates fared in Texas primaries
Not all candidates with STEM backgrounds were successful in defeating their challengers in Tuesday’s Texas primaries, the first primaries of the midterms. Although hundreds of scientists are on the ballot this year for local and congressional seats, challenges remain for these political novices facing experienced opponents with extensive financial networks. Read more here.