ASBMB supports Trump’s nominee to lead White House science advisory group
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology applauds the nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The OSTP has lacked a director for 19 months. President Donald Trump’s nominee is a respected meteorologist with extensive leadership experience at science organizations including the National Science Foundation. Read more here.
Trump mulls shutdown as Congress looks to fund government
Congressional leaders have been working ahead of the September deadline to fund most of the government for fiscal year 2019. Although both Democratic and Republican leaders want to avoid a government shutdown, President Donald Trump has been threatening a veto of any funding bill that does not provide significant funding for the southern border wall. Read more here.
NIH plans to better define public–private sector partnerships
After facing criticism for accepting donations from the alcohol industry to fund studies on the health benefits of alcohol, the National Institutes of Health is working to delineate a more ethical protocol when developing future public–private partnerships. In the past, the NIH was forced to return millions of dollars from pharmaceutical companies and the National Football League after questions of inherent bias were raised. Read more here.