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Where we’ve been: Attending the Spring National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: Attending the Spring National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council meeting

  Last month, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s advisory council met to discuss changes to the institute’s programs and efforts to increase transparency in its funding strategy.  In addition, the meeting included presentations on the institute’s implementation of research mandates for targeted muscular dystrophy research and updates on the institute’s intramural program. Highlights from the meeting are below. Walter Koroshetz, director of the NINDS, presented on the institute’s funding allocations. Because of recent increases to the National…

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Episode 9 of “Pipettes and Politics” is now available ?>

Episode 9 of “Pipettes and Politics” is now available

Episode 9 of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics,” is available. The ASBMB public affairs staff provides an update on the fiscal year 2019 appropriations, the ASBMB August is for Advocacy campaign, and the progress of the ASBMB Advocacy Training Program. Staff also analyze the recent National Academies report on graduate STEM education for the 21st century. Listen to this episode on Soundcloud, iTunes or Stitcher. References: Request for Information (RFI): Strategies for Enhancing Postdoctoral Career…

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Where we’ve been? Attending the May 2018 National Science Board Meeting ?>

Where we’ve been? Attending the May 2018 National Science Board Meeting

  This month, the National Science Board convened to review multiple initiatives from the National Science Foundation. The board discussed the NSF’s activities to support the skilled technical workforce, provided an update on appropriations, unveiled the agency’s new stewardship model and presented plans to generate new research ideas. Supporting the skilled technical workforce For the past year, the board has been conducting a number of listening sessions to better understand the United States’ skilled technical workforce.  Early in the life…

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Episode 8 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available ?>

Episode 8 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available

The eighth episode of the ASBMB science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics,” is now available. In this episode, the ASBMB public affairs staff provides an update on fiscal year 2019 appropriations and the ASBMB’s response to the National Science Foundation’s new policy on harassment reporting on agency funded projects. Staff members also discuss the recently released National Academies report on supporting the next generation of biomedical and behavioral researchers, and the recommendations that the ASBMB submitted to the National Institutes…

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The National Academies releases report on supporting the next generation of biomedical and behavioral sciences researchers ?>

The National Academies releases report on supporting the next generation of biomedical and behavioral sciences researchers

  The National Academies released a report titled Supporting the Next Generation of Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences Researchers last month.  This report provides recommendations for research institutions and the federal government to implement with the goal of better supporting those who are pursuing careers in biological and social sciences. Included in the 18 recommendations are suggestions that urge Congress to create a Biomedical Research Enterprise Council, increase the budget of the National Institutes of Health with set-asides to support the…

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2018 HILL DAY RECAP ?>

2018 HILL DAY RECAP

  On April 12, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology hosted its annual Hill Day.  In attendance were undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, faculty members, department chairs and university administrators, all eager to meet with their elected officials and advocate for the importance of positive policies and legislation for the scientific enterprise. Tomorrow is #ASBMBHillDay! Participants will discuss the need for increased and sustainable funding for the scientific enterprise with elected officials and their staffs: https://t.co/PD1eH0Szn5. Follow along…

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A slot for ASBMB’s Hill Day just became available! ?>

A slot for ASBMB’s Hill Day just became available!

  Join us on April 12 for the ASBMB’s annual Hill Day as a virtual participant! This Thursday, instead of running across the Capitol, join our advocacy efforts by tweeting at your senators and representative using #ASBMBHIllDAY. Every year, the ASBMB brings trainees from across the country to meet with congressional leaders to advocate for policies that promote U.S. research and foster the future of the nation’s scientific enterprise. This year we want you to amplify our message by making…

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Where have we been? Attending the April 2018 NSF BIO Advisory Committee Meeting ?>

Where have we been? Attending the April 2018 NSF BIO Advisory Committee Meeting

  This week the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Biological Sciences Advisory Committee convened to provide budget and programmatic updates. In May, Congress provided a modest increase to the NSF’s budget for FY18.  The proposed FY19 budget request would fund the agency at $7.47 billion, reducing the agency’s appropriation back to FY17 enacted amounts. Joanne Tornow, assistant director for the BIO directorate, updated the committee on NSF’s sexual harassment policy.  Under the developing policy the agency expects institutions to provide…

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FY18 omnibus proposes $1.3 trillion in spending with increases to the NSF, NIH and DOE’s Office of Science ?>

FY18 omnibus proposes $1.3 trillion in spending with increases to the NSF, NIH and DOE’s Office of Science

Update: The U.S. Senate passed the omnibus bill to fund the government until Sept. 30 Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill to fund the government for the remainder of the 2018 fiscal year.  Included in the bill are substantial increases to the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy’s office of science. The bipartisan spending bill largely rejects the Trump administration’s proposed cuts for FY18 that totaled $57.3 billion….

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Trump administration releases its FY19 budget ?>

Trump administration releases its FY19 budget

Today, the Trump administration released the president’s budget request for fiscal 2019.  As could be expected, the administration proposed heavy cuts to agencies that support the research enterprise.   Under the president’s proposal, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation’s research and related activities accounts would have seen reductions to $24 billion and $4.2 billion, respectively. The president’s budget, however, was drafted prior to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018  being signed into law last week.  Consequently, his…

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