How did scientists perform in the 2018 midterm elections?
At least seven scientists running their first campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives won their races. Several flipped their districts from Republican to Democrat, including entrepreneur Sean Casten, who has a background in biochemistry. Read more here.
Dem takeover of U.S. House may lead to legislative gridlock
The Democrats’ takeover of the House of Representatives likely will stall President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda. Also, it’s unclear how federal budget negotiations will fare with a Democratic-majority House, Republican-majority Senate and an unpredictable White House. Read more here.
NSF will add questions about LGBTQ identity in scientific workforce surveys
To collect more data on LGBTQ scientists, the National Science Foundation will add questions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity to a survey sent to scientists who have recently earned their Ph.D.s. Lack of available data regarding LGBTQ scientists has prevented researchers from assessing retention, career trajectory, and other data regarding the LGBTQ STEM community. Read more here.