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Episode 13 of Pipettes and Politics is available ?>

Episode 13 of Pipettes and Politics is available

  Episode 13 of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics,” is now available. In this episode, ASBMB Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb provides an update on the fiscal year 2020 appropriations process. Corb also highlights the impact of continuing resolutions on federally funded academic research and the potential stalling effects of recent developments in politics. Listen to this episode on Soundcloud, iTunes or Stitcher. Follow your Pipettes & Politics host on Twitter and share your thoughts…

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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: September 13, 2019 ?>

Science Policy Weekly Roundup: September 13, 2019

  The National Science Board releases report on U.S. “Skilled Technical Workforce” The National Science Board this week released recommendations to address workforce demands raised in the 2017 National Academies report “Building America’s Skilled Technical Workforce.”  The NSB recommendations include changing public perceptions of technical science and engineering careers, increasing publicly available data on education and skill requirements, capitalizing on ongoing federal investments within industries that rely on technical workers, and establishing pathways, beginning in K-12, to post-secondary education to…

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ASBMB statement on The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 (H.R. 3877) ?>

ASBMB statement on The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 (H.R. 3877)

  ROCKVILLE, Md. – The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, an organization representing more than 12,000 life scientists in the United States and abroad, is pleased to see a bipartisan agreement to raise spending caps for both defense and nondefense discretionary spending in fiscal years 2020 and 2021.  H.R. 3877, also known as The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, will raise nondefense discretionary spending by more than $24 billion in fiscal year 2020 and allow Congress to invest…

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National Science Foundation outlines its efforts to prevent research espionage ?>

National Science Foundation outlines its efforts to prevent research espionage

National Science Foundation Director France Córdova released a dear colleague letter on July 11 outlining the agency’s activities to stave off attempts from foreign countries to disrupt and steal taxpayer-funded research and intellectual property.  The letter reaffirms the integral role that international scientists, trainees and collaborative activities play in supporting the nation’s scientific enterprise.  It also clarifies that the agency’s new measures are a direct response to increased threats on U.S. research and development, stating that while the agency’s values…

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White House science office creates committee to tackle U.S. research enterprise problems ?>

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 the formation of an interagency committee tasked with addressing a number of issues troubling the American research enterprise.  The committee’s priorities are reducing administrative burden, increasing rigor and reproducibility, increasing the participation of underrepresented groups, preventing gender and sexual harassment, and safeguarding intellectual property from foreign competitors and influence. The committee will be co-chaired by OSTP Director Kelvin Droegemeier, National Science Foundation Director France Córdova, National Institutes…

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Help increase transparency for federal programs aimed at broadening STEM participation ?>

Help increase transparency for federal programs aimed at broadening STEM participation

The final bill that we are highlighting during our spring advocacy campaign is the STEM Research and Education Effectiveness and Transparency Act, or H.R. 627. Click here to participate. While many STEM trainees receive support through federally funded education programs, the bulk are funded through federal research project grants. Indeed, in 2016, the U.S. government funded $2.9 billion in STEM education programs but spent $38 billion on research at institutions of higher education. The National Science Foundation alone supported 362,000…

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Advocacy Spotlight: Alanna Condren, doctoral candidate and science advocate ?>

Advocacy Spotlight: Alanna Condren, doctoral candidate and science advocate

This week we are highlighting the STEM Opportunities Act, or H.R. 2528, for the ASBMB’s spring advocacy campaign. First introduced in 2017 under the same name, the STEM Opportunities Act, sponsored by Eddie Johnson, D-Texas, directs federal agencies and academic institutions that conduct and support scientific research to develop strategies to better involve the nation’s full talent pool and increase the retention of underrepresented groups and women. ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, talked to Alanna Condren about her perspectives on…

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Encourage Congress to support legislation to engage, support veterans in STEM ?>

Encourage Congress to support legislation to engage, support veterans in STEM

The first piece of legislation for which we’re advocating during our spring campaign is the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act, also known as S. 153. This bipartisan bill, introduced in January by Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., recognizes that veterans possess technical skills and traits that make them ideal candidates for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The bill directs the National Science Foundation to do more to engage and support veterans. Tell your senator to…

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Advocacy Spotlight: William T. Booth II, veteran, scientist and advocate ?>

Advocacy Spotlight: William T. Booth II, veteran, scientist and advocate

This spring, members of the ASBMB are encouraging the U.S. Senate to advance the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act (S. 153), which directs the National Science Foundation to do more for veterans interested in pursuing education and training for STEM careers.  To learn more about the needs and experiences of veterans, ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, interviewed society member William T. Booth, a postdoctoral researcher who spent more than eight years in the U.S. Army and National Guard. Booth’s…

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Urge your elected officials to support legislation to broaden participation in STEM ?>

Urge your elected officials to support legislation to broaden participation in STEM

This spring, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee is asking you to encourage the U.S. Congress to support legislation to broaden participation by underrepresented minorities, women and veterans in STEM.  Click here to participate. Spring marks a transition period for many.  Semesters are wrapping up and degrees are being conferred.  Programs that provide research funding and STEM training have supported many of those graduating this year.  The ASBMB’s spring advocacy campaign will urge elected…

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