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A farewell to the ASBMB ?>

A farewell to the ASBMB

Today I bid farewell to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. After three and a half years at the ASBMB, I will start in a new position next week as the director of Rescuing Biomedical Research. I have enjoyed my time at the ASBMB mostly because I have been able to work on, and make significant contributions to, the issues that matter most to me. As a postdoctoral scholar, I was drawn to science policy by the deficiencies…

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The ASBMB Sustainability Summit ?>

The ASBMB Sustainability Summit

Training periods and trainee populations have increased over the past decade despite stagnant federal funding, resulting in a research workforce that is expanding beyond the capacity of the available funding to support it. A variety of groups have written reports describing these problems in great detail and made a series of recommendations to fix them. The Public Affairs Advisory Committee of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has also been working on issues concerning the sustainability of the…

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Science policy news: weekly roundup: January 15, 2016 ?>

Science policy news: weekly roundup: January 15, 2016

The roundup is formatted with the title of the story, followed by the news source in parentheses and a brief summary. If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to smartin@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup.  U.S. President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address Tuesday evening. Obama charged Vice President Joe Biden with leading an initiative to cure cancer. President Obama Taps Biden To Eradicate Cancer In State Of The Union Speech (Forbes) Predictable…

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Winners announced from ASBMB / FOR joint Hack Day ?>

Winners announced from ASBMB / FOR joint Hack Day

This post was written by Gary McDowell, Cara Weismann and Chris Pickett. The Boston Future of Research recently held its second symposium focusing on data collection and transparency regarding career opportunities in the scientific enterprise. The discussion covered the data that should be collected, by whom and for what purpose. The conversations also touched on the size, structure and composition of the research workforce and barriers to reform. On Oct. 24, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in…

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The decline of the postdoc population and research enterprise sustainability ?>

The decline of the postdoc population and research enterprise sustainability

A recent paper published in the FASEB Journal presents data demonstrating the population of postdoctoral scholars at degree-granting institutions peaked in 2010 and has been declining through 2013. These data are derived from the National Science Foundation’s annual Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates. The data show that the decline in the number of postdocs at U.S. degree-granting institutions has occurred for international and domestic postdocs as well as men and women, although, the decline is steepest among U.S. men….

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The ASBMB/FOR Hack Day is only 10 days away ?>

The ASBMB/FOR Hack Day is only 10 days away

Are you concerned about the job prospects for biomedical postdocs? Have you been frustrated by an apparent lack of data and information on career paths? Now is your chance to make your voice heard by taking part in the joint American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology / Future of Research Hack Day will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24. This national event will challenge groups of graduate students and postdocs to find innovative ways to capture and present data…

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Funding…for now ?>

Funding…for now

Oct. 1 marks the beginning of the federal fiscal year, which means that Congress must come up with a plan to fund the government for the coming fiscal year or the government will shut down. In the nick of time, Congress and President Obama agreed to a temporary continuing resolution that will fund the government through Dec. 11. A continuing resolution is a stop-gap funding measure that essentially states that Congress could not come up with a plan to fund…

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Announcing the ASBMB/FOR Hack Day on Oct. 24 ?>

Announcing the ASBMB/FOR Hack Day on Oct. 24

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is pleased to announce a partnership with the Boston Future of Research to jointly host a Hack Day on Saturday, Oct. 24 to find innovative solutions to collecting data and tracking biomedical scientists throughout their careers. Graduate student and postdoc populations have increased significantly over the past several decades. However, the size and structure of the trainee population is not known. Furthermore, unemployment among biomedical Ph.D.s is below that of the general…

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A Strategic Plan for the NIH ?>

A Strategic Plan for the NIH

The fiscal 2015 spending package that became law carried a provision directing the National Institutes of Health to develop its first strategic plan. Lawrence Tabak, principle deputy director of the NIH, presented the current framework of the strategic plan at a meeting of the Advisory Council to the Director last week. This was followed by the release of a request for information asking for input from the scientific community on the agency-wide strategic plan. The strategic plan will examine NIH…

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Toward a sustainable biomedical research enterprise: More work required ?>

Toward a sustainable biomedical research enterprise: More work required

On Monday, members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology published a Perspective in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Toward a sustainable biomedical research enterprise: Finding consensus and implementing recommendations” describes eight recommendations addressing some of the most pressing problems faced by the enterprise. Today’s post will discuss the ASBMB’s next steps toward sustainability. Monday’s post focused on an author’s perspective of this paper. Tuesday’s post discussed the coordinated implementation of recommendations. Implementing consensus recommendations…

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