The ASBMB responds to the NSF’s efforts to address sexual harassment in science
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee sent recommendations in response to the NSF’s request for comments on Important Notice No. 144, regarding the agency’s efforts to address sexual misconduct and harassment in the science community. The ASBMB PAAC recommended that NSF help establish standardized methods across universities to investigate misconduct claims; ensure privacy of reporters of sexual harassment; and publicize the NSF’s action plan in response to different sexual misconduct behaviors to ensure transparency and consistency. Access the full comments here.
Special ASBMB Hill Day episode of Pipettes and Politics is available
Listen to the special episode of Pipettes and Politics, the ASBMB’s science policy podcast. The episode features several participants of ASBMB’s Capitol Hill Day discussing the meetings with their Congressional representatives. Listen here.
The National Academies releases recommendations to support new researchers
The National Academies published recommendations for the federal government and academic institutions aimed at supporting the next generation of scientists. The 18 recommendations include creating a Biomedical Research Enterprise Council, increasing the budget of the National Institutes of Health to fund the report’s recommendations, and expanding additional professional-development opportunities for young scientists. These recommendations largely reiterate the ASBMB’s recommendations published in PNAS and eLife. Read more here.
Draft budgets for National Science Foundation and Department of Energy Office of Science released
The congressional subcommittees responsible for appropriating funds to the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy Office of Science have released their draft budgets for fiscal 2019. The NSF is slated to receive $8.2 billion, which would be $408 million above FY18 levels. The DOE Office of Science is listed to receive $6.6 billion, a $340 million increase.
The White House announces $15.4 billion rescissions package
The Trump administration released its proposal to collect $15.4 billion from the federal government, recollecting money from the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, and other federal programs. Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, says that the rescissions recoup money from expired and underused programs. Critics of the move argue that Americans who use their services will be negatively affected. Read more here.
Petition demands removal of sexual harassers from National Academies of Sciences
Amid allegations of sexual misconduct from members of the National Academies of Sciences, including Thomas Jessell and Inder Verma, scientists are demanding that the NAS remove members who have been sanctioned for sexual harassment. NAS spokesperson William Kearney says that election to the NAS is for life. More than 1,300 people have signed the petition to date. Read more here.