Science policy weekly roundup: January 11, 2019
The partial U.S. government shutdown affects the National Science Foundation
The American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s public affairs director, Benjamin Corb, details how the partial government shutdown, now entering its 21st day, is affecting the National Science Foundation and scientists funded by the agency. No grants have been allocated in 2019 due to the shutdown. By this time in 2018, $103.3 million had been allocated. Read more here.
The ASBMB responds to President Donald Trump’s national address.
Prior to President Donal Trump’s national address about immigration, border security and the proposed $5 billion of funding to construct a U.S.-Mexico border wall on Jan. 8, the ASBMB released a statement detailing various ways that the American scientific enterprise could benefit from a $5 billion investment. Read the response here.
Bill addressing sexual harassment in science reintroduced in the new Congress
U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, has reintroduced a bill addressing sexual harassment in science. The bipartisan bill, H.R. 36, would allocate funding to the NSF to support “interventions to reduce the incidence and negative consequences” and factors that contribute to sexual harassment. Read more here.