House panel calls – once again – for greater congressional oversight of research proposals

  The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology earlier this month released its annual filing known as the Views and Estimates.  The committee, which is responsible for oversight of nonmilitary, nonbiomedical federally supported research and which oversees major research-funding agencies (including the National Science Foundation, NASA and the Department of Energy), reiterated its…

Science policy news weekly update: February 17, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? This week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office handed the Broad Institute an important victory over the University of California at Berkeley regarding patent ownership…

Apply for the ASBMB Student/Postdoc Capitol Hill Day

  The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is now accepting applications for our annual Student/Postdoc Hill Day! Every year, the ASBMB brings trainees from across the country to meet with their congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. This fully funded opportunity gives trainees the chance to help promote scientific research by directly interacting with…

Science policy news weekly update: January 27, 2017

  The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB’s director of public affairs, Ben Corb, gives a brief statement regarding the ASBMB’s stance on separating politics from peer-reviewed research. ASBMB statement…

NSF MCB and CHE Program Webinar

  Join the ASBMB for our first hour-long federal agency funding opportunity webinar with program directors from the National Science Foundation highlighting opportunities in the Divisions of Molecular and Cellular Biology  and Chemistry. The webinar will be held at 1 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, Feb. 7. NSF provides 24 percent of all federal funding for basic…

We must shield federally funded research from politics

  Most, if not all, scientists conduct research for the sake of the common good. Their research typically lacks a political agenda and seeks only to elucidate mechanisms of disease, develop new methodologies, or simply investigate the unknown.  Properly shielding scientific discovery from the jungle of the political sphere will benefit everyone, regardless of political…

Who will be the next director of the NIH?

  This January will not only mark a new year but a new administration and with that over 4000 new presidential appointees across the federal government.  One appointment that has the potential to either hinder or benefit the biomedical research community is that of the director of the National Institutes of Health.  The NIH, with a…