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Science policy weekly roundup: December 15, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: December 15, 2017

  Episode 3 of ‘Pipettes and Politics’ is available The ASBMB public affairs staff released its third episode of its science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics.” The episode covers recent hearings about implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, updates on the GOP tax bill, and the complex negotiations of the FY18 federal budget. The episode ends with the staff discussing their favorite science stories of 2017. Read more here, and listen to it on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud.. ‘Graduate student tax’ is…

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“Pipettes and Politics” Episode 3 ?>

“Pipettes and Politics” Episode 3

The ASBMB has released its third episode of its science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics.” This episode begins with a summary of hearings held to update Congress on the progress of the 21st Century Cures Act. In his testimony to the U.S. House and Senate, National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins emphasized his agency’s commitment to support the next generation of researchers. The ASBMB has responded to the NIH’s blueprint, the Next Generation Researchers Initiative, and its now-scuttled plan, the Grants Support Index. The…

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Science Policy Roundup: December 8, 2017 ?>

Science Policy Roundup: December 8, 2017

ASBMB members urge Congress to remove graduate student tax from the final tax reform effort So far, 1,013 ASBMB members have sent 3,106 letters to 369 members of Congress in a push to ensure that the repeal of the graduate student tuition tax waiver does not make it onto the final tax reform bill. The bill is in conference committee, as the House and Senate negotiators are amending the legislation to ensure passage through both chambers. Take action here. Episode…

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Science Policy Roundup: December 1, 2017 ?>

Science Policy Roundup: December 1, 2017

How the U.S. Senate and House tax bills compare Science Policy Analyst André Porter compares the effects of the GOP tax bills on scientists and the research community. While both bills are from the Republican Party, the House and Senate bills widely differ in how they would affect science research. Read more here.   Graduate students protest against GOP House tax bill Graduate students from 40 universities joined a nationwide walkout in protest of the GOP House tax bill, which…

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Science policy roundup: Nov. 17, 2017 ?>

Science policy roundup: Nov. 17, 2017

The ASBMB debuts first episode of “Pipettes and Politics” The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has released a science policy podcast titled “Pipettes and Politics.” Hosted by the public affairs department, the podcast discusses politics and policies that affect the science community. The first episode considers the ramifications of the U.S. House of Representatives’ tax proposal to eliminate tuition waivers for graduate students. Listen here.   National Science Board addresses skilled technical workforce issue ASBMB Science Policy Analyst…

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Science policy roundup: November 10, 2017 ?>

Science policy roundup: November 10, 2017

Elimination of tuition waiver in GOP tax plan would adversely affect graduate students U.S. House GOP leaders released the legislative text of their tax plan this week. The proposal allows tuition that is usually waived by the university to be taxable, drastically increasing the tax liability of many graduate students. The ASBMB has released a statement opposing the proposed legislation as written. The Senate recently published an outline of its tax bill, which contains key differences to the House bill….

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ASBMB joins the Energy Sciences Coalition to advocate for the Department of Energy Office of Science ?>

ASBMB joins the Energy Sciences Coalition to advocate for the Department of Energy Office of Science

The ASBMB recently joined the Energy Sciences Coalition, a group of universities, professional societies and institutes that support the Department of Energy Office of Science. Similar to the Coalition for Health Funding that supports the National Institutes of Health, the ESC advocates to Congress on behalf of the DOE-SC, hosting congressional briefings on the Hill, organizing webinars and coordinating Hill Days with coalition partners. The DOE-SC, which supports physics to atmospheric sciences to genomic research, houses particle accelerators, computing centers,…

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Science policy weekly news update: October 27, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: October 27, 2017

  Standardizing postdoc titles Eight scientists and science policy experts with ties to the ASBMB published an opinion article in the journal eLife this week making the case that what we call postdoctoral researchers really does matter. Read the ASBMB announcement and the eLife article.   What is next for the March for Science? It has been six months since the March for Science, a global event uniting hundreds of thousands of scientists from around the world to highlight the…

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Science policy weekly news update: October 20, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: October 20, 2017

  What’s new in blotter news? The upcoming deadline of multiple science policy fellowships prompted my latest blog post with tips on how to apply for these opportunities. Read more here.   Jon Marcus of The Atlantic writes about the decline of public universities, focusing on the Midwest. Research universities that receive federal funding from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies are vital hubs for local economies, supporting thousands of jobs, spawning many new businesses, and protecting cities…

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Flashback Friday: Applying for Science Policy Fellowships ?>

Flashback Friday: Applying for Science Policy Fellowships

  If you are reading this blog, you most likely have an interest in both science research and the politics and policies that affect the field. Those who want to try out a career in science policy might be looking for internships or fellowships or already be in the process of applying for them. As the deadline for several science policy fellowships approaches, including the Science and Technology Fellowship sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, we…

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