NIH advisory committee meets to discuss issues affecting science community
The National Institutes of Health’s Advisory Committee to the Director met on Dec. 13 to provide updates on the agency’s policies that address sexual harassment in science, discuss recommendations to support the Next Generation of Researchers Initiative, and examine efforts to address foreign influence on the U.S. research enterprise. Read more here.
Droegemeier approved to direct White House OSTP
Kelvin Droegemeier, nominee for the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, was approved by voice vote on the 115th Congress’ last day in session, Jan. 2. The OSTP, however, is closed due to the partial government shutdown. Read more here.
U.S. government still partially shut down with no end in sight
After 13 days, lawmakers have not yet reached a compromise to reopen the government. U.S. Senate Republicans are discussing a possible immigration policy overhaul as a solution to increase border security. Read more here.
The ASBMB weighs in on NIH data management and sharing policy
The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee submitted a response to the NIH’s request for input on requirements for scientific data management and sharing. The PAAC encouraged the NIH to develop standard practices for scientific disciplines and support publicly assessable data repositories. Read the statement here.
The ASBMB hosts congressional briefing on Congress’s role in addressing sexual harassment in science
The ASBMB convened a panel on Capitol Hill to discuss how Congress can help combat sexual harassment in science. Panelists discussed possible legislation and policies with congressional staffers and representatives of scientific societies. Read more here.
Anti-abortion groups want NIH director to resign over support of research using fetal tissue
Francis S. Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, is being asked to resign by anti-abortion groups after he showed his support for biomedical research using human fetal tissue. Read more here.
National Academies President discusses ejecting sexual harassers
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine President Marcia McNutt discusses the Academy’s ongoing effort to establish new policies that allow the removal of sexual harassers from their prestigious membership. McNutt has been criticized by the scientific community for refusing to act quickly to remove known harassers. Read more here.