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Science policy weekly roundup: December 7, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: December 7, 2018

Congress passes stopgap funding to prevent partial government shutdown The U.S. Congress passed a two-week stopgap funding bill on Thursday to prevent a partial government shutdown. The deadline to pass seven funding bills to fund several federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, is today. Negotiations have faltered due to disagreements on funding the U.S.–Mexico border wall. Read more here.   HHS denies that it canceled research project involving human fetal tissue The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…

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Science policy weekly roundup: November 30, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: November 30, 2018

Critics pounce on scientist’s claim of using CRISPR on human embryos A firestorm of criticism ensued after Chinese scientist He Jiankui’s claim that he used CRISPR to genetically alter the DNA of human embryos that were used to produce twin girls. Chinese authorities have suspended Jiankui’s research, while National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins called for a “binding international consensus” on regulating gene editing. Read more here.   Trump prioritizes border wall funding in latest budget negotiations President Donald…

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Science policy weekly roundup: November 16, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: November 16, 2018

Science policy weekly roundup: November 16, 2018 Department of Education proposes additional protections for students accused of sexual assault U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos today announced new changes to Title IX laws, which prevent gender discrimination at schools that receive federal dollars. The changes include allowing schools to raise the amount of proof needed to substantiate a sexual assault allegation and giving the accused and accuser the right to cross-examine each other. “The rules do not go into effect until…

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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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