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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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House Appropriations Subcommittee proposes increases to NIH budget for FY20 ?>

House Appropriations Subcommittee proposes increases to NIH budget for FY20

The U.S. House appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies debated and amended an appropriations bill for fiscal year 2020.  The bill includes funding for the National Institutes of Health.  If signed into law, the NIH will be appropriated at $41.1 billion, 4% above FY19.  The proposed bill also provides an increase in funding to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and National Cancer Institute of $3.03…

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White House releases 2020 budget request ?>

White House releases 2020 budget request

This week, President Donald Trump released his fiscal year 2020 budget request. The proposal, titled “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First” outlines $4.75 trillion to fund the federal government for FY 2020 which begins on Oct. 1. The proposed budget is in-line with the 2011 Budget Control Act.  This law places requirements on Congress to address the nation’s debt limit and avoid default through budget sequestration. The request calls for over $2.7 trillion in spending cuts…

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Where we’ve been: attending the January NIGMS advisory council meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: attending the January NIGMS advisory council meeting

  The National Institute of General Medical Sciences Advisory Council convened Jan. 25 to reissue funding announcements for existing programs, propose new funding opportunities and provide a report on the evaluation of the institute’s Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship. Highlights from the meeting are below. NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch discussed a new initiative to create accelerator hubs in states that have received grants through the Institutional Development Awards program. This initiative will seek to improve…

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Apply for the ASBMB student/postdoc Capitol Hill Day ?>

Apply for the ASBMB student/postdoc Capitol Hill Day

  The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is now accepting applications for its annual Student/Postdoc Capitol 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 promote scientific research by directly interacting with policymakers. The deadline to apply is Feb. 10. The event will be March 27–29. Arriving on Wednesday, March 27, attendees will take part in an…

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Updates from the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director’s December Meeting ?>

Updates from the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director’s December Meeting

  The National Institutes of Health’s Advisory Committee to the Director convened Dec. 13 to provide recommendations on the agency’s efforts to address foreign influences on research integrity, discuss the Next Generation of Researchers Initiative, and provide updates on policies to prevent and address sexual harassment. NIH director updates NIH Director Francis S. Collins discussed the agency’s budget and highlighted recent activities and discoveries. Collins addressed the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. Implemented in May, this regulation strengthens privacy…

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The ASBMB weighs in on data management and sharing policy ?>

The ASBMB weighs in on data management and sharing policy

  The National Institutes of Health is developing a policy for sharing and managing data produced by NIH-funded research.  Using the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable or FAIR principles developed by Mark D. Wilkinson  and colleagues, the NIH will increase access to scientific data produced from NIH funding and potentially improve the agency’s return on investment by facilitating its translation towards new studies, technologies and cures for diseases. The agency has asked the research community for input on the definition…

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NSF’s BIO Directorate reverses PI and co-PI proposal limits ?>

NSF’s BIO Directorate reverses PI and co-PI proposal limits

  On Nov. 15, Joanne Tornow, acting assistant director for the National Science Foundation’s biological sciences directorate, released a statement reversing a policy that implemented proposal limits for investigators applying for grants from the directorate’s core programs. This adjustment would not have occurred if the community had not advocated against the policy change. The now-reversed policy restricted investigators from serving as either lead or co-principal investigator on multiple grant proposals. While the limit included a number of exceptions, such as…

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