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Science policy weekly roundup: November 9, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: November 9, 2018

How did scientists perform in the 2018 midterm elections? At least seven scientists running their first campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives won their races.  Several flipped their districts from Republican to Democrat, including entrepreneur Sean Casten, who has a background in biochemistry. Read more here.   Dem takeover of U.S. House may lead to legislative gridlock The Democrats’ takeover of the House of Representatives likely will stall President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda. Also, it’s unclear how federal budget negotiations…

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Science policy weekly roundup: Nov. 2, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: Nov. 2, 2018

 Register for webinar: Securing private funding for research This webinar, hosted by the ASBMB Public Affairs Department, will explore how you can obtain funding for basic research from private foundations. Topics include how to initiate and develop contacts with private foundations, how the application process differs from federal agencies, and the opportunities, limitations and challenges of securing private funding. The one-hour webinar will be Wednesday, Nov. 15, at noon EST. Register today.   Advocate spotlight: Meet T.L. Jordan, an advocate…

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Advocate spotlight: T.L. Jordan, advocate for LGBTQ inclusion in academia ?>

Advocate spotlight: T.L. Jordan, advocate for LGBTQ inclusion in academia

My name is T.L. Jordan, and I am a scientist and an advocate. My journey started one year ago, as a first-year immunology Ph.D student at the Mayo Clinic. It was also the same time I came out publicly as nonbinary, identifying as neither male nor female, but elsewhere on the gender spectrum.   I realized as soon as I came out that my institution did not have many policies to make my transition comfortable. Because I go by they/them,…

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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: October 26, 2018 ?>

Science Policy Weekly Roundup: October 26, 2018

Candidates with science backgrounds face challenges in their congressional races Fewer than 20 candidates with STEM backgrounds are still in the race for congressional seats. After a bruising primary that kicked out a majority of the STEM candidates, those who remain still face several hurdles as the midterms draw closer, including well-funded opponents with large networks. Read more here.    Scientists warn of Brexit’s possible damaging effects on science Amid talks of limiting immigration in Britain’s negotiations to exit the European Union, dozens of prominent scientists urged…

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Science policy weekly roundup: Oct. 19, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: Oct. 19, 2018

Scientists navigate life after congressional run Dozens of scientists ran for congressional seats this year, but a majority failed to win their primary races. While many lost because of their inexperience and lack of connections to local political institutions, some are continuing to explore their new passion for public service as they settle back into the lab.  Read more here.    Scientists push to stop cardiac stem-cell study based on fabricated data Scientists are urging a national clinical trial network stop…

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Science policy weekly roundup: October 12, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: October 12, 2018

Proposed bill to study sexual harassment in science Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, introduced a bill Oct. 5 to study factors that contribute to sexual harassment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, and how harassment affects the scientific community. The proposed bill would give the National Science Foundation funding to support studies that develop and assess policies and interventions, and would create an interagency working group to coordinate these efforts. Read more here.   Columbia University postdocs vote to…

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Science policy weekly roundup: September 28, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: September 28, 2018

Where we’ve been: Attending the NSF BIO advisory meeting Science Policy Analyst André Porter provides an update from last week’s National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Biological Sciences Advisory Committee meeting. NSF officials discussed several issues affecting the directorate, including the elimination of submission deadlines, efforts to support mid-career researchers, and recently released sexual harassment policies.  Read more here.   U.S. House passes funding bill to give NIH $2 billion boost The U.S. House voted Wednesday to pass a spending package…

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Science policy weekly roundup: September 21, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: September 21, 2018

The ASBMB PAAC responds to NIH statement addressing sexual harassment in science The ASBMB PAAC released a statement in response to the NIH’s latest statement regarding sexual harassment in science. The PAAC urged the NIH to define how the agency will respond to violations of sexual harassment policies at NIH-funded institutions. Read the statement here.   U.S. Senate passes spending bill that increases NIH budget by $2 billion The Senate voted 93-7 on Sept. 18 to pass an $854 billion…

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Science policy weekly roundup: Sept. 7, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: Sept. 7, 2018

FDA says Trump administration’s limits on foreign hires hinders recruiting power According to Melanie Keller, acting associate commissioner for scientific and clinical recruitment at the Food and Drug Administration, limits on foreign hires placed by the Trump administration have hampered the regulatory agency’s ability to attract top scientists. The policy, implemented in August 2017, requires the FDA to hire candidates who have lived in the U.S. for three of the past five years. Read more here.   Trump walks back…

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Science policy weekly roundup: August 31, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: August 31, 2018

Senate committee holds hearing on nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier to head OSTP Science Policy Analyst André Porter discusses last week’s U.S. Senate committee hearing to nominate Kelvin Droegemeier to lead the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Several senators asked the nominee about how he would ensure that scientific evidence would be taken seriously by the administration. Droegemeier, a meteorologist, also side-stepped questions regarding whether humans were responsible for climate change. Read more here.   Elizabeth Warren raises concern about…

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