NSF garners bipartisan support for the agency’s FY2020 budget
Members of the U.S. Congress on both sides of the aisle praised the National Science Foundation’s role in supporting the American economy, health, and national security during a congressional budget hearing on Tuesday. Both Democrats and Republicans signaled that the agency’s fiscal year 2020 proposed budget will be increased, despite President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut the NSF budget by 12 percent. Read more here [link to our NSF budget blog, if applicable]
At DOE advisory council meeting, ASBMB comments on foreign influence and espionage
During a Department of Energy advisory council meeting on April 25, DOE Office of Science Deputy Director Steve Binkley discussed new agency policies to combat foreign influence and espionage related to the agency’s research and its national labs. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee submitted a public comment voicing concern that these policies may disrupt global scientific collaboration and discourage foreign researchers from working in the U.S. Read more here.
Congress proposes to curb NIH primate research
The U.S. House’s proposed budget bill for fiscal year 2020 includes language requiring the National Institutes of Health to reduce use of nonhuman primates in its funded research. The bill would require the agency to report the purpose of including primates in studies and identify alternative scientific methods to replace primates. The spending bill has not yet been approved by the full House membership and the U.S. Senate or signed by President Donald Trump. Read more here.
Brazilian labs to test reproducibility of scientific papers
More than 60 labs in Brazil will attempt to replicate up to 100 biomedical experiments from a random sampling of articles published by Brazilian scientists. Each experiment will be tested by three labs to assess reproducibility of the science coming out of the Brazilian biomedical enterprise. The effort, the first to test reproducibility of research in a specific country, is organized by the Brazilian Reproducibility Initiative. Read more here.