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The ASBMB PAAC responds to NIH efforts to address sexual harassment in science ?>

The ASBMB PAAC responds to NIH efforts to address sexual harassment in science

The following is a statement from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: “National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins released a statement yesterday making it clear that the agency does not tolerate sexual harassment. While the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee appreciates the sentiments expressed in the statement, NIH policy changes are needed to curb sexual harassment at grantee institutions. Our primary concern is that…

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Special Episode of “Pipettes and Politics” – The Hill Day Edition ?>

Special Episode of “Pipettes and Politics” – The Hill Day Edition

  After a brief hiatus, Pipettes and Politics is back this week and next with two new episodes! April was a busy month for the ASBMB public affairs team, with the annual Hill Day and agency visits and a West Coast swing to the 2018 ASBMB Annual Meeting in San Diego. Daniel and André also visited Louisiana State University, West Virginia University, and Johns Hopkins University to give talks on advocacy. In this special episode, Ben talks with several participants…

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ASBMB Statement on Passage of Budget Deal ?>

ASBMB Statement on Passage of Budget Deal

The following is a statement from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology applauds the actions taken by Congress today to avoid a government shutdown and to raise discretionary spending caps, paving the way for the completion of spending bills for the remainder of fiscal year 2018. The budget deal provides the parity that the ASBMB and other organizations have been calling for —ensuring that…

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ASBMB Statement on State of the Union Address ?>

ASBMB Statement on State of the Union Address

The following statement is from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: In his State of the Union address tonight, President Donald Trump outlined a vision for America that fails to capture the critical roles that science and those in the U.S. scientific enterprise play in improving the health and quality of life of Americans from coast to coast. While the president outlined an aggressive plan for investing in the nation’s infrastructure, the…

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ASBMB rejects President Trump’s FY18 budget ?>

ASBMB rejects President Trump’s FY18 budget

President Donald Trump released his fiscal year 18 budget proposal on Tuesday.  Included in that proposal is a $7.4 billion cut in funding for the National Institutes of Health. Benjamin Corb, director of public affairs for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has provided the following statement in response to the proposal: President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget, if enacted, would significantly damage the nation’s role as the global leader of research and innovation, and would roll…

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The deal is done ?>

The deal is done

Today, President Donald Trump signed into law an omnibus spending package funding the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year.  The package, drafted by congressional leaders, largely rejected the president’s FY17 spending recommendations, which proposed a $1.2 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health and a $350 million cut to the National Science Foundation. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology criticized the president’s FY17 spending plan as well as his budget outline for FY18, saying,…

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ASBMB partners with March for Science ?>

ASBMB partners with March for Science

Today, we are proud to announce that the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is an official partner with the March for Science. On April 22, in cities and towns all across America, scientists – and science enthusiasts – will participate in marches raising awareness for the important role that science and scientists play in improving the quality of life and well-being of Americans. In her piece for ASBMB Today this month, ASBMB President Natalie Ahn had this to…

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ASBMB responds to Trump budget proposal that threatens funding for 2,000 research projects ?>

ASBMB responds to Trump budget proposal that threatens funding for 2,000 research projects

President Donald Trump on Monday night released his budget-reduction request for fiscal year 2017, and the National Institutes of Health did not escape the chopping block. Given that Congress failed to complete FY17 spending bills, much of the federal government has been operating under a continuing resolution that keeps federal spending at FY16 levels until April 28. In his request, Trump calls for $17.9 billion total in cuts for FY17, including a $1.23 billion cut to the National Institutes of…

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Scientists hear mixed messages on political support for biomedical research and the NIH ?>

Scientists hear mixed messages on political support for biomedical research and the NIH

The White House’s budget rollout last week sent shockwaves through the scientific community broadly and National Institutes of Health supporters specifically.  President Donald Trump, in his “skinny budget” release, called for a $5.8 billion cut to the NIH’s budget, 19 percent of fiscal year 2016 appropriations for the agency.  The cut came as a surprise because the agency historically has enjoyed bipartisan support. The president’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, made Trump’s intentions clear at a press conference last week.  “This…

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ASBMB Statement on President Donald Trump’s FY2018 Budget Proposal ?>

ASBMB Statement on President Donald Trump’s FY2018 Budget Proposal

President Donald Trump released his first budget proposal on Thursday.  Included in that proposal is a $5.8 billion cut in funding for the National Institutes of Health. Benjamin Corb, director of public affairs for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has provided the following statement in response to the proposal: A $6 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health is unacceptable to the scientific community and should be unacceptable to the American public as well.  Trump’s spending…

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