Science policy weekly roundup: Nov. 2, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: Nov. 2, 2018

 Register for webinar: Securing private funding for research

This webinar, hosted by the ASBMB Public Affairs Department, will explore how you can obtain funding for basic research from private foundations. Topics include how to initiate and develop contacts with private foundations, how the application process differs from federal agencies, and the opportunities, limitations and challenges of securing private funding. The one-hour webinar will be Wednesday, Nov. 15, at noon EST. Register today.


Advocate spotlight: Meet T.L. Jordan, an advocate for LBGTQ inclusion in academia

ASBMB member T.L. Jordan is a graduate student at the Mayo Clinic and an advocate for LGBTQ inclusion. Learn about their journey to fight for a more inclusive community, especially for scientists who go by different pronouns than those assigned to them at birth. Read more here.


Scientists oppose Trump proposal to narrowly define gender

More than 1,600 scientists have signed a letter opposing President Donald Trump’s plan to define gender based on an individual’s biology. A memo released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stated that genetic testing would be used to clarify disputes about a person’s sex. Scientists wrote that this is not only unscientific, but unethical. Read more here.


NIH fires scientists involved in alcohol study

Three individuals involved in a controversial study examining the health effects of moderate drinking have been fired. The study was supported by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism but was stopped after leaked emails disclosed the study was financed largely by the alcohol industry. In response, the National Institutes of Health will release new policies in December to ensure that no private donors can influence study results. Read more here.


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