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Merit review panels exempt from Trump order to reduce federal advisory committees ?>

Merit review panels exempt from Trump order to reduce federal advisory committees

President Donald Trump issued an executive order on June 14 to limit the number of federal advisory committees in the federal government.  The Executive Order on Evaluating and Improving the Utility of Federal Advisory Committee requires each executive department and agency to terminate one-third of its committees by Sept. 30. The order also states that no agency can create a new advisory committee if the agency already has 350 or more advisory committees in place. None of the agencies we…

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Creative thinking necessary to change culture.

Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, announced in a statement last week that he will no longer participate in panels that are not diverse.  Collins noted that women and members of underrepresented groups are “conspicuously missing” from high-level speaker slots and said that it is “time to end the tradition in science of all-male speaking panels, sometimes wryly referred to as ‘manels.’” This move by Collins was clever. He used his platform as the leader of…

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The ASBMB Responds to President Donald Trump’s FY2020 Budget Proposal ?>

The ASBMB Responds to President Donald Trump’s FY2020 Budget Proposal

The following is a statement from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Today, the White House released its 2020 budget request, titled “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First.” The budget request does little to make America better. Each year, President Donald Trump calls for unconscionable decreases in federal spending while at the same time proclaiming his support for job creation, national security and economic growth. The proposal presented…

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The ASBMB Responds to NIH’s Update on Efforts to Combat Sexual Harassment in Science ?>

The ASBMB Responds to NIH’s Update on Efforts to Combat Sexual Harassment in Science

The following is a statement from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. “Today, National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins provided an update to the scientific community regarding the NIH’s efforts to address sexual harassment.  The NIH should be commended for the steps they are taking to improve the climate for researchers in the life sciences.  The NIH has been, by their own admission, slow in responding to the community’s demands…

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The ASBMB Responds to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address ?>

The ASBMB Responds to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address

The following is a statement from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In tonight’s State of the Union Address, President Donald Trump announced an ambitious goal to stop the spread of HIV / AIDS by the year 2030.  We applaud the president for such an ambitious plan, and look forward to seeing his detailed plans to make this a reality.  The nation’s biomedical research community – much of which is supported by…

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Government Shutdown Update – Tallying the impact on National Science Foundation ?>

Government Shutdown Update – Tallying the impact on National Science Foundation

The government was shutdown on December 22, 2018.  In order to measure the impact of the shutdown on research grants at the National Science Foundation, we will keep a running tally here, comparing NSF grants awarded this year, versus the same time last year. Please feel free to visit daily as we update.   December 22, 2017 through January 25, 2018: Number of research grants awarded at NSF – 465 valued at $139.2 million December 22, 2018 through January 25,…

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THE ASBMB RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP NATIONAL ADDRESS ?>

THE ASBMB RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP NATIONAL ADDRESS

The following is a statement from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Later this evening, President Donald Trump will take to the airwaves to make the case for building a wall on the nation’s southern border.  The wall comes with a $5 billion price tag, to be paid for by the American taxpayers.  Border security is important, but immigration experts from across the political spectrum argue there is not a crisis that…

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Government Shutdown Update #3

The government remains shutdown, while Congress and the White House continue negotiating a path to open those agencies shut down.  The U.S. Senate has just adjourned, and will not reconvene until December 27th, meaning the shutdown will continue at least until then.  Washington insiders are beginning to hint that this may be a long shutdown. The National Science Foundation has published on its website instructions for proposers and granters which can be found here.  Information for NSF panelists can be…

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Government Shutdown Update #2

Shortly, the partial government shutdown will begin.  The Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Mike Mulvaney has directed federal agencies whose funding expires on December 21, 2018 to “execute plans for an orderly shutdown.”  Director Mulvaney’s notice can be found here. What happens now? The U.S. House and Senate are scheduled to convene at Noon on Saturday December 22nd.  Negotiations continue between House and Senate leadership, but no path forward has yet been identified.  President Trump issued…

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Government Shutdown Update ?>

Government Shutdown Update

Regrettably, it appears that the U.S. government is moving towards a partial shutdown at midnight tonight. Earlier this week, U.S. House and Senate leadership (both Republicans and Democrats) reached a deal to fund the government into early February.  While funding for border security remained contentious, the White House had signaled a willingness sign the legislation and advocate for their priorities with a new Congress. However, on Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump changed his mind.  Requiring $5 billion for construction of…

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