White House science office creates committee to tackle U.S. research enterprise problems
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced in May that it will create an interagency committee to address issues facing researchers, such as increasing rigor and reproducibility, preventing foreign espionage and addressing gender and sexual harassment. The committee will include leaders from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy. Read more here.
Merit review panels exempt from Trump order to reduce federal advisory committees
President Donald Trump’s executive order to reduce the number of federal advisory committees, issued on June 14, does not include merit review panels, such as those used at the NIH and NSF to assess grant applications. Advisory committees that provide scientific expertise and oversight, however, may be eliminated. Read more here.
Stem cell agency nearly out of funding
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine will run out of funds to give researchers if California voters do not approve a 2020 ballot initiative to inject the institute with additional dollars. The CIRM has awarded almost $3 billion to stem cell research since 2004. Read more here.