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Science policy weekly roundup: April 19, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: April 19, 2019

House cancels vote on bill to raise federal spending caps Leadership from the U.S. House canceled a vote on a bill April 9 that would raise the federal spending caps for fiscal year 2020. The cancellation comes amid disagreement between moderate Democrats, who say the increase is too high, and progressive Democrats, who say it is too low. House leaders are now negotiating with their U.S. Senate counterparts for a bipartisan solution to increase federal spending caps. Read more here….

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Science policy weekly roundup: April 5, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: April 5, 2019

U.S. House committee releases budget deal to raise federal spending caps The U.S. House budget committee introduced a bill to increase federal spending caps by $51 billion for fiscal year 2020. Funding for both nondefense and defense programs would be increased. However, the Senate budget committee’s proposal would keep FY20 funding levels below the spending caps, which would result in a 10% cut across all federal programs. Read more here. National Academy of Sciences to vote to eject sexual harassers from…

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Science policy weekly roundup: March 15, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: March 15, 2019

White House 2020 budget proposes deep cuts to science President Donald Trump released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 on Monday. The proposal cuts the budgets of the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Department of Energy Office of Science by at least 12 percent. However, the U.S. Congress has rejected Trump’s last two budget proposals and awarded billions to federal science agencies. Read more here. NCI Director Ned Sharpless named acting FDA commissioner National Cancer Institute…

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Science policy weekly roundup: March 8, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: March 8, 2019

First grants are smaller for women who are PIs than for men who are A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that women who are principal investigators receive about $40,000 less in their first grant than men. In a statement, the National Institutes of Health acknowledged it is aware of this disparity and said that it is supporting efforts to address it. Read more here.   U.S. universities respond to NIH request for information regarding foreign ties…

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Science policy weekly roundup: March 1, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: March 1, 2019

ASBMB responds to NIH’s update on efforts to combat sexual harassment in science Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology released a statement in response to the National Institutes of Health’s update on their efforts to address sexual harassment in science. While the NIH has been slow to address harassment, the update provides some small steps that the agency plans to take to combat harassment in NIH-funded labs.  Read more here.   ASBMB…

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Science policy weekly roundup: February 22, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: February 22, 2019

New parents leave full-time STEM careers A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science reports that more than 40 percent of women and 23 percent of men leave their full-time STEM careers after having a first child. The findings from this eight-year study highlight a contributing factor to the gender imbalance seen in academia and other STEM sectors and the challenges of balancing a career in STEM and raising a family. Read more here.   NIH investigates…

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Science policy weekly roundup: February 15, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: February 15, 2019

Trump to sign spending bill to fund government and avert another partial shutdown President Donald Trump is expected to sign a funding bill today to avoid another partial government shutdown. Trump is also expected to declare a national emergency, which would allow him to divert funds from other sources to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Read more here.   Funding bill includes boosts for federal science agencies The federal funding bill includes significant increases in funding…

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ASBMB comments on Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX ?>

ASBMB comments on Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee submitted comments on Jan. 26 regarding the Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX. The PAAC’s response addressed the Department of Education’s proposal to narrow the definition of sexual harassment, raise the bar for admissible evidence, and require that institutions only investigate incidents that occur on campus or during campus-sponsored events. Such changes would significantly reduce the number of reported violations. According to the National Academy of Sciences’ report on sexual harassment in…

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The shutdown, a startup, stories and stamps ?>

The shutdown, a startup, stories and stamps

By Daniel Wilson | Carnegie Mellon University   Most students graduating with Ph.D.s in the life sciences and planning to work in industry probably don’t pay a whole lot of attention to how U.S. lawmakers’ budget negotiations are going. But many found out the hard way during the recent government shutdown that, indeed, their work and livelihoods can be put in jeopardy when Congress and the president are at an impasse. Amber Lucas was one of the young scientists affected….

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Science policy weekly roundup: January 25, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: January 25, 2019

Apply for the ASBMB Student/Postdoc Capitol Hill Day The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is accepting applications for its annual Student/Postdoc Capitol Hill Day. Apply today for your chance to discuss the importance of science with your congressional representatives. The deadline to apply is Feb. 10. Apply today.   Meet the new ASBMB ATP delegates The ASBMB is proud to introduce the new delegates in its second cohort of the society’s Advocacy Training Program. These ASBMB members from…

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