Senate committee holds hearing on nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier to head OSTP
Science Policy Analyst André Porter discusses last week’s U.S. Senate committee hearing to nominate Kelvin Droegemeier to lead the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Several senators asked the nominee about how he would ensure that scientific evidence would be taken seriously by the administration. Droegemeier, a meteorologist, also side-stepped questions regarding whether humans were responsible for climate change. Read more here.
Elizabeth Warren raises concern about private funding to the NIH during Senate hearing
Public Affairs Manager Daniel Pham writes about the concerns of U.S. Sen. Warren, D-Mass., over private donations to the National Institutes of Health. During a U.S. Senate hearing, Warren asked NIH Director Francis S. Collins about the recent cancellation of studies that they were mostly funded by private companies through the Foundation for the NIH. The FNIH, which funnels private funding to the NIH, asserted that any wrongdoing was squarely on NIH staff and stressed the importance of public-private partnerships to advance science. Read more here.
AAAS working on policy to address sexual harassment in the organization
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has announced that it has been working on a policy to remove fellows found to be sexual harassers. Shortly before the announcement, a letter urging the AAAS to remove scientists who are sexual harassers from the association’s fellowship was published. The letter was signed by 36 researchers recognized for their science communication work by AAAS. Read more here.
NIH working group to investigate foreign influence in science
The NIH has formed a new working group to investigate potential methods by which the research agency can prevent foreign governments from illegally obtaining intellectual property. The NIH has been careful not to stoke anti-immigration sentiment while simultaneously dealing with the theft of data from U.S. universities by countries including Iran and China. Read more here.