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Science policy weekly roundup: February 23, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: February 23, 2018

ASBMB Hill Day applications close next Monday Scientists have until next Monday, Feb. 26, to apply for the ASBMB Student/Postdoc Capitol Hill Day. Selected applicants will attend several meetings with congressional representatives in Washington, D.C in April. Apply here.   NRSA individual predoctoral fellowship program discontinued The National Institute of General Medical Sciences is discontinuing its Ruth L. Kirschenstein National Research Service Award individual predoctoral fellowship (Parent F31) Program. The decision comes as NIGMS is refocusing its funds to support…

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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: February 16, 2018 ?>

Science Policy Weekly Roundup: February 16, 2018

ASBMB responds to President Donald Trump’s FY19 budget The Trump administration’s FY19 budget originally called for deep cuts for the NIH and the NSF. However, in response to the congressional budget deal that will infuse billions of dollars to the federal budget, the Office of Management and Budget walked back the cuts and instead proposed flat funding levels for those agencies. The administration’s original intent to reduce the NIH and NSF budgets demonstrate that the research enterprise is not a…

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Science policy weekly roundup: February 9, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: February 9, 2018

The ASBMB issues a statement on the passage of budget deal After Congress passed a two-year budget deal that would raise caps on nondefense discretionary spending by $130 billion, ASBMB Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb issued a statement praising the bill. Read more here.   Congress reaches bipartisan budget deal after brief government shutdown Congress passed its bipartisan budget deal early Friday morning, preventing a government shutdown from taking full effect. The two-year omnibus spending package authorizes a nearly $300…

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Episode 5 of Pipettes and Politics is available ?>

Episode 5 of Pipettes and Politics is available

In the latest episode of science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics,” the ASBMB public affairs staff discusses the recently passed bipartisan budget deal and its potential effects on the science community. Science policy analyst André Porter examines the new policy guidelines from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation regarding sexual harassment in the lab and at meetings. Porter also discusses the release of the National Science Board’s policy companion statement to its 2018 Science and Engineering…

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Science policy roundup – February 2, 2018 ?>

Science policy roundup – February 2, 2018

The ASBMB co-hosts Capitol Hill briefing how NSF fueled breakthrough genetic discoveries The ASBMB, with the American Chemical Society, hosted a briefing for congressional staffers on the National Science Foundation’s role in supporting the discovery of CRISPR, a breakthrough genetic pathway and gene editing tool. The panel featured Berkeley scientists Jennifer Doudna and David Schaffer, and NSF acting assistant director of biological sciences Joanne Tornow. The panelists stressed the importance of investing in fundamental scientific research that can lead to…

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The ASBMB co-hosts Capitol Hill briefing on role of NSF in breakthrough genetic discoveries ?>

The ASBMB co-hosts Capitol Hill briefing on role of NSF in breakthrough genetic discoveries

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, in partnership with the American Chemical Society, hosted a briefing for congressional staffers on Thursday about the role of National Science Foundation funding in the development of innovative genetic tools. The briefing highlighted the discovery of CRISPR, which was enabled by a small NSF grant for the study of bacterial defenses against viruses. The revolutionary gene-editing tool, over the long term, is likely to have substantial societal impacts, with applications in the…

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Science policy roundup: January 26, 2018 ?>

Science policy roundup: January 26, 2018

Fourth episode of “Pipettes and Politics” is available The ASBMB public affairs staff has released its fourth episode of the science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics.” In this episode, we discuss the recent government shutdown and its effect on research; provide some agency policy updates; and highlight ASBMB’s upcoming public affairs events. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud. Where we’ve been: Attending the January NIGMS advisory council meeting ASBMB Science Policy Analyst André Porter summarizes the advisory council meeting for…

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“Pipettes and Politics” Episode 4 ?>

“Pipettes and Politics” Episode 4

The ASBMB’s science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics, has released its fourth episode. Prior to discussing the three-day government shutdown, the ASBMB public affairs staff discuss the National Institute of Health’s decision to delay implementation of new human research subject policies; the current status of the NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative; and the restructuring of the Department of Energy. Lastly, the episode covers the events leading to the federal government shutdown, the detrimental effects of shutdown to the research enterprise,…

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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: January 12, 2018   ?>

Science Policy Weekly Roundup: January 12, 2018  

  Government shutdown threat grows as Democrats and conservatives dig in The continuing resolution funding the federal government expires on Jan. 19, and negotiations for a bipartisan budget deal remain difficult. Democrats are tying budget negotiations to an immigration deal that would provide protections to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Passing another continuing resolution to temporarily fund the government for another month also may prove challenging. These temporary funding strategies prevent federal agencies like…

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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: January 5, 2018 ?>

Science Policy Weekly Roundup: January 5, 2018

Budget talks continue as Democrats and Republicans refuse to compromise After passing a continuing resolution to temporarily fund the U.S. government until mid-January, Republican and Democratic leaders met with members of the White House to discuss a budget deal. It is unclear whether a compromise will soon be reached, as the list of demands from Democrats has increased. Along with a legislative fix for immigrants who are protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Democrats want any increase in…

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