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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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Where we’ve been: attending the February NINDS advisory council meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: attending the February NINDS advisory council meeting

  The National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke held its advisory council meeting on Feb. 1. NINDS Director Walter Koroshetz provided institute updates and a primer for an extended discussion on the Next Generation of Researchers Initiative scheduled for the advisory council meeting in May. Institute program directors proposed funding opportunities to facilitate new methods of training basic researchers with translational focuses, increasing diversity at the professoriate level, as well as revisions to the institute’s special council review policy….

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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 our 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 help promote scientific research by directly interacting with policymakers. The deadline to apply is Feb. 26. The event will be April 11–13. Arriving on Wednesday, April 11, participants will take part in…

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Where we’ve been: attending the January 2018 NIGMS advisory council meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: attending the January 2018 NIGMS advisory council meeting

  The first National Institute of General Medical Sciences advisory council meeting of 2018 was convened on Jan. 18-19, with an open session on Jan. 19.  Jon Lorsch, director of the NIGMS, provided an update on the institute’s reorganization and the National Institutes of Health’s data science strategic plan. The director’s report was followed by presentations from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology on its newly released report on Maximizing Shared Research Resource and James Onken on the…

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ASBMB statement on government shutdown ?>

ASBMB statement on government shutdown

  Update 1/22/2018: The Senate has passed a continuing resolution bill to reopen the federal government with a vote of 81-18 which is set to expire on Feb. 8.  The House of Representatives is expected to pass the measure later today.   The following statement is from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology calls on Congress and President Donald Trump to end the partisan battles…

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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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