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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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Science policy weekly roundup: December 22, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: December 22, 2017

The National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director discusses strategies to support the next generation of researchers Science Policy Analyst André Porter summarizes discussions about how to best support the next generation of researchers at the meeting of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director. While the NIH has remained committed to supporting young researchers, effective strategies have remained elusive. A possible third iteration of new policies may be introduced in 2018, as the NIH struggles to satisfy…

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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….

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