Your voice can help broaden America’s STEM workforce
The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee is working to advance legislation that will influence the makeup of the nation’s scientific workforce. The STEM Opportunities Act, also known as H.R. 2528, directs federal agencies and universities to mitigate barriers for women and underrepresented minorities seeking to participate in STEM training and careers. Tell your lawmakers to support the bill.
U.S. health agency limits use of human fetal tissue from elective abortions
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday announced it will no longer allow researchers at the National Institutes of Health’s intramural campus in Bethesda, Maryland, to use human fetal tissue from elective abortions for their studies. NIH-funded extramural researchers using such tissue are not affected, but new or renewing grants proposing the use of the tissue will need approval from a newly formed ethics board. HHS also said it will not renew a research contract with the University of California, San Francisco that made the tissue available to NIH researchers testing novel HIV treatments. Read more here.
National Academy of Sciences votes to expel harassers from membership
Members of the National Academy of Sciences voted to approve an amendment to allow the academy to expel harassers from its membership. The NAS will being drafting procedures to evaluate sexual misconduct allegations against its members. Read more here.
House Democrats to introduce $1 trillion spending package
The U.S. House of Representatives is likely to vote next week on a $1 trillion spending package that includes funding for the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Energy Office of Science. The Democrats’ so-called “minibus” is unlikely to get support from Republicans, and the U.S. Senate has yet to introduce any funding bills. Read more here.