Listen to Episode 8 of “Pipettes and Politics” now
Episode 8 of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics” is available. Public affairs staff discuss the fiscal year 2019 appropriations landscape; recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences to support the next generation of researchers; and the ASBMB’s response to both the National Science Foundation’s new sexual harassment reporting policy and the National Institutes of Health’s Next Generation of Researchers Initiative Working Group efforts. Listen to this episode here.
ASBMB attends National Science Board meeting
Science Policy Analyst André Porter reports on last week’s National Science Board meeting. The NSB unveiled several new NSF initiatives to generate new research ideas, support the skilled technical workforce, and promote a new stewardship model. Read more here.
ASBMB hosts advocacy town hall at ASBMB annual meeting
The ASBMB hosted an advocacy town hall during the ASBMB annual meeting in San Diego last month. ASBMB Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb and Public Affairs Advisory Committee members Matthew Gentry and Dorothy Shippen answered questions from the audience regarding science policy and advocacy. Read more here.
Lawmakers on science committee questions validity of climate change
Several GOP committee members debated whether human activity is causing climate change at a U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing regarding using technology to address climate change. U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Tenn., suggested that coastal erosion was a major contributing factor to sea level rise, a statement that is unsupported by any data. Several other members, including Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, made similarly dubious claims regarding climate change during the hearing. Read more here.