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ASBMB statement on President Donald J. Trump’s executive order restricting immigration ?>

ASBMB statement on President Donald J. Trump’s executive order restricting immigration

In response to an executive order on immigration issued by President Donald J. Trump on Friday, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology released the following statement: The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, an organization representing more than 11,000 biomedical researchers, educators and students, is concerned about the potential impact on the nation’s biomedical enterprise resulting from President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations. The ASBMB is an international organization. Some of its…

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ASBMB statement supporting peer-reviewed science at federal agencies ?>

ASBMB statement supporting peer-reviewed science at federal agencies

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology believes that peer-reviewed science should remain free of politicization, and we support the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and all federally funded scientific agencies in their efforts to continue on their missions without political interference.

What we’re watching for ?>

What we’re watching for

The 115th Congress has begun its legislative work, and we’re five days into the presidency of Donald Trump.  To say that Washington, D.C., is active in these early days of 2017 is an understatement. The focus of political leaders is not – shockingly – how to handle biomedical research and science policy over the next couple of years.  The spotlight is focused on the future of the Affordable Care Act, who is going to pay for a southern border war,…

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NIH transition – trying to provide clarity ?>

NIH transition – trying to provide clarity

Today has been an interesting day, and it is best explained chronologically. This morning, ASBMB public affairs staff learned that an email went out today to senior National Institutes of Health officials apparently instituting new, though temporary, procedures for correspondence with public officials.  The email states that all correspondence must be approved by the Department of Health and Human Services. The e-mail reads: “Colleagues,  For your additional awareness, please note that we have been directed not to send any correspondence to…

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UPDATE: NIH Director Francis Collins to stay on in Trump Administration ?>

UPDATE: NIH Director Francis Collins to stay on in Trump Administration

Update January 20, 2017 As the news broke yesterday that Dr. Collins would be held over as the Director of the NIH, we have looked for more details regarding Dr. Collins’ continuation.  As was reported widely in the media yesterday, Trump transition officials asked more then 50 senior level officials from the Obama administration to “hold over” in their current positions, while the Trump Administration continues to fill out its permanent staff.  It remains unclear if Dr. Collins is a…

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A brief statement regarding the use of preprints in NIH grant review ?>

A brief statement regarding the use of preprints in NIH grant review

All three of the ASBMB’s peer-reviewed journals (Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Lipid Research, and Molecular & Cellular Proteomics) accept submissions of manuscripts hosted on preprint servers.  While the ASBMB doesn’t oppose preprints being included in grant applications, some members do have concerns about how preprints will be used and whether they will increase the burden on grant reviewers.  The ASBMB supports policies that provide investigators every opportunity to compete fairly for grant funding, and we encourage the NIH…

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ASBMB Statement on Passage of 21st Century Cures ?>

ASBMB Statement on Passage of 21st Century Cures

ASBMB Statement on 21st Century Cures Statement from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: “The ASBMB applauds Rep. Fred Upton, Rep. Diana DeGette, Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Patty Murray for their bipartisan cooperation in drafting, managing and now passing the 21st Century Cures Act.  And we applaud the bipartisan support from the Congress and the White House for biomedical research broadly – and the National Institutes of Health specifically.  Although we…

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Transition Update – One week in ?>

Transition Update – One week in

Transition Updates President-elect Donald Trump is putting together his Cabinet. It was widely reported yesterday that neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate Ben Carson took himself out of the running for consideration as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, citing his lack of experience in running an agency.  Others in the running for the top spot at HHS include House budget committee chair Tom Price of Georgia, former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and former House speaker Newt…

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Guest Blog: Jonathan Sachs talks about inclusion ?>

Guest Blog: Jonathan Sachs talks about inclusion

Below is a guest post by Jonathan Sachs, of the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Sachs is a member of the ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee, and was inspired by the statement put out by ASBMB reaffirming our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  His views are his, and not the position of ASBMB or the PAAC. Astoundingly to some, we are living in a world that is markedly different than it was a week ago. We have already seen countless examples…

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Statement from the ASBMB on its commitment to diversity and inclusion upon the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States ?>

Statement from the ASBMB on its commitment to diversity and inclusion upon the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is committed to ensuring a diverse, inclusive and supportive environment in which scientists can make the important breakthroughs that will improve the health and quality of life of people across the world. During the 2016 presidential election, we heard harsh rhetoric  that caused great concern among those in our diverse community. Since the election of Donald Trump as president-elect, we have seen violence and other hate-inspired acts that make members of our…

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