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Andrew Stothert is the 2016 ASBMB science policy fellow. He holds a B.S. in biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a M.S. in medical science as well as a Ph.D. in molecular medicine (with a concentration in neuroscience) from the University of South Florida.
Science policy news weekly update: July 14, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: July 14, 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. This week, the House Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations subcommittee released a draft fiscal 2018 spending bill, which included a $1.1 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health. This increase would result in a 3 percent increase to the NIH’s budget for FY18, raising the total budget to $35.2 billion. Included in this…

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Science policy news weekly update: July 7, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: July 7, 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. President Donald Trump called for significant cuts to key science funding agencies in his 2018 budget proposal. However, almost immediately after its release, there was bipartisan opposition from lawmakers against the proposed cuts. Last week, U.S. House of Representatives appropriators advanced a half-dozen 2018 budget bills that largely ignored the president’s proposals, instead choosing to…

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Science policy news weekly update: June 30, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: June 30, 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.   The $2 billion increase Congress gave the National Institutes of Health for fiscal 2017 was widely considered a victory for the bioscience community. However, despite two consecutive years of funding increases, longstanding practices at research institutions across the U.S. threatens to undermine national support for scientific funding. The main problem is the “publish or…

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Science policy news weekly update: June 23, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: June 23, 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 policy analyst, André Porter, provides an overview of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on the National institutes of Health budget request for fiscal 2018. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing: Review of the FY18 NIH budget request   In late May, the Food…

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Science policy news weekly update: June 16, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: June 16, 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.   A new study, published in JCI Insight by a team at the University of Michigan, examined America’s standing as the global leader in biomedical research output and funding. The study found that over the past 15 years, U.S. scientists have produced significantly more biomedical research publications and received more research and development funding than…

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Science policy news weekly update: June 9, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: June 9, 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 policy analyst, André Porter, discusses the NIH’s plan to shelve the controversial grant funding cap policy and develop a new initiative to increase early and mid-career scientists receiving grants. NIH shelves GSI policy and introduces something new The ASBMB’s policy fellow, Andrew Stothert, writes about the White House’s…

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Trump keeps Collins as Director of the NIH ?>

Trump keeps Collins as Director of the NIH

On Tuesday, the White House announced President Donald Trump’s reappointment of Francis S. Collins as director of the National Institutes of Health for the next four years. Collins has been director since 2009. In a statement, Collins said, “I am grateful for the president’s vote of confidence in my ability to continue to lead this great agency.” The news quickly garnered widespread bipartisan support from members of Congress. Chairman of the U.S. Senate health committee, Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said the…

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Science policy news weekly update: June 2, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: June 2, 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.   In his Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal, President Donald Trump called for massive, unprecedented cuts to the National Institutes of Health, which could lead to the collapse of the largest biomedical research enterprise in the world. Lawmakers in D.C. were quick to label his budget dead on arrival. However, even the threat of a…

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Science policy news weekly update: May 26, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: May 26, 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 policy analyst, André Porter, recaps this week’s U.S. House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee hearing on how much of overhead costs for research should funded by federal agencies. House committee on science, space and technology: examining the overhead cost of research The ASBMB’s director of public affairs, Benjamin…

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Science policy news weekly update: May 19, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: May 19, 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 policy analyst, André Porter, discusses this week’s oversight hearing held by the House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education subcommittee regarding advances in biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health. House appropriations committee hearing: advances in biomedical research   Congress’ recent approval of a $2 billion…

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