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Where we’ve been: Attending the fall NIH advisory committee to the director meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: Attending the fall NIH advisory committee to the director meeting

  The National Institutes of Health’s Advisory Committee to the Director met last week to provide updates on the NIH’s activities to increase diversity, efforts to ensure scientific rigor, implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, efforts to support the next generation of researchers, and efforts to optimize administration at the agency. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provided written comments to the committee prior to the commencement of the ACD convening. The ASBMB urged the NIH to…

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Where we’ve been: Attending the Fall NSF MPS Advisory Committee Meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: Attending the Fall NSF MPS Advisory Committee Meeting

  The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences advisory committee met last month to go over division updates and to strategize on how to effectively partner with outside organizations.  During the first day, Jim Ulvestad, acting assistant director, provided the committee with directorate updates.  The second half of the meeting covered external partnerships, with representatives from the NSF’s other six research directorates providing feedback and lessons learned. We learned that Anne Kinney, chief scientist at the W.M….

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For members, by members ?>

For members, by members

  In the October issue of ASBMB Today, Rick Page, a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee, provided an overview of the PAACs meetings with leaders at the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation in the spring. View the article here. Below are additional highlights from the agency meetings. National Institute of General Medical Sciences Update on the R35 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award program NIGMS officials expect to reach…

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‘Pipettes and Politics’ episode 2 ?>

‘Pipettes and Politics’ episode 2

  The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics,” has released its second episode.  In this installment, we cover updates on the controversial Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; the retirement of U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chair of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee; and the National Institutes of Health’s request for information on developing emojis for use in scientific presentations. We’re also joined by Matt Hourihan, director of the Research and Development…

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The U.S. House health subcommittee receives an update on the impact of the 21st Century Cures Act ?>

The U.S. House health subcommittee receives an update on the impact of the 21st Century Cures Act

  The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s health subcommittee held a hearing this week to receive updates on the implementation of the 21st Century Cures. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, and Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, provided testimony and updates from their agencies. Highlights from the hearing are below. You can watch a recording here. We’re including timestamps on our highlights for your quick reference. 17:17 – U.S. Rep. Michael…

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How the current tax bills compare ?>

How the current tax bills compare

  This month Congress moved to fulfill President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to cut taxes.  The House of Representatives passed its Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the Senate is expected to pass a marked up version of the bill this week.  The tax plan, an example of “trickle-down” economics, seeks to simplify the current tax bracket structure and provide large tax breaks for high earners that will likely be supported by increased taxes on the middle class. According to the…

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The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology debuts the first episode of ‘Pipettes and Politics’ ?>

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology debuts the first episode of ‘Pipettes and Politics’

  The ASBMB has released the first episode of “Pipettes and Politics,” a science policy podcast hosted by the society’s public affairs department. This podcast will provide a peek into the politics of the Beltway and how they may affect the research enterprise. Listeners can expect to hear candid conversations between ASBMB’s public affairs staffers as they unpack topics ranging from new legislation in Congress to policies at federal agencies and policies issues within the research community. In their first…

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The National Science Board moves to address issues with the nation’s ‘skilled technical workforce’ ?>

The National Science Board moves to address issues with the nation’s ‘skilled technical workforce’

  The National Science Board convened last week for its final meeting of 2017.  The board reviewed programs and activities within the Directorate for Engineering, the latest iteration of its Science and Engineering Indicators report, and approved a charge to investigate the National Science Foundation’s role in support of the nation’s skilled technical workforce. Highlights from the meeting are below. The strategy committee highlighted one of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas, gave an overview of the Engineering Directorate’s activities and provided…

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ASBMB statement in response to H.R.1, the tax cuts and jobs act ?>

ASBMB statement in response to H.R.1, the tax cuts and jobs act

  The following statement is from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Tax reform efforts currently being debated in the House of Representatives would damage the nation’s scientific enterprise and weaken America’s position as the global leader for scientific breakthroughs and innovation.  Changes to the tax policy will raise the deficit and threaten investments in research and development for years to come. As constructed, H.R. 1 will increase the federal deficit by…

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Science policy roundup, November 3, 2017 ?>

Science policy roundup, November 3, 2017

  Addressing diversity In August, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences requested feedback from the community on the potential impacts of changing the funding vehicle for some of the institute’s undergraduate and predoctoral diversity programs. Read a recap of the ASBMB’s feedback here.   Chair of the House Science Committee retires U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, will not to seek reelection in 2018.  Smith long has been at odds with the scientific community. As chairman of the House Science,…

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