Commentary: PAAC member Tricia Serio on how to stop faculty sexual abuse
Tricia Serio, dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, published an opinion piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education with recommendations for how universities can stop the cycle of faculty sexual abuse. Serio, a member of the Public Affairs Advisory Committee of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, runs a project called Speak Your Story that documents sexism at scientific institutions. Read Serio’s commentary here. Read more about Speak Your Story here.
U.S. Senate subcommittee proposes $2 billion increase for the NIH
The U.S. Senate appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies approved a $2 billion, or 5.4 percent, increase to the fiscal year 2019 budget of the National Institutes of Health. If passed, this increase would continue the trend of increased funding for the agency. Read more here.
U.S. House committee scrutinizes donations coming to NIH and CDC foundations
Members on the U.S. House appropriations subcommittee are questioning whether money solicited by the foundations for the NIH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is complying with the law. Pressure to release the identities of donors has increased after reports that alcohol companies were funding an NIH study on the health effects of moderate drinking. This funding arrangement brought into question whether the results of the multimillion dollar study would be biased in favor of the alcohol companies. Read more here.
State Department restricts length of Chinese student visas
The U.S. State Department has shortened student visas for Chinese students studying aviation, robotics, and advanced manufacturing from five years to one year. To remain in the U.S. to complete their degrees, students would have to return to China after one year and then reapply. The research community continues to worry that the White House’s stricter immigration policies will threaten global cooperation, U.S. innovation and leadership. Read more here.