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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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Science policy weekly news update: October 13, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: October 13, 2017

What’s new in blotter news? ASBMB Science Policy Analyst André Porter discusses the National Science Foundation Directorate for Biological Science’s announcement that it will eliminate proposal deadlines in 2018 for a majority of its grants. Read more here.   U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., introduced a bill that would change the formula used by the NSF Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, known as EPSCoR for short, to help states with little federal research funding secure more research grants. The…

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Science policy weekly news update: October 6, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: October 6, 2017

  News from the Hill in ASBMB Today ASBMB Public Affairs Director Ben Corb discusses President Donald Trump’s “science problem.” Read more here. ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee member Rick Page describes meetings with the NIH and NSF,  advocating on behalf of ASBMB. Read more here.   What’s new in Blotter news? I wrote an article detailing the local congressional meetings by our grassroots advocacy network members. Read more here.   Don Wright, former director of the Office of Disease…

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ASBMB grassroots advocacy network members advocate for science in their hometowns ?>

ASBMB grassroots advocacy network members advocate for science in their hometowns

  Several members of the ASBMB’s grassroots network participated in local meetings with their members of Congress this summer. This August, the ASBMB set up regional meetings for members with the local offices of their congressional representatives. The goals of these meetings were to advocate for science research and develop long-term relationships. Below are some accounts from our members on their experiences. Evan Comeaux (pictured left) and Raju Rayavarapu (pictured right), postdoctoral fellows at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in…

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Science policy weekly news update: September 29, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: September 29, 2017

  What’s new in Blotter News Policy analyst André Porter discusses President Donald Trump’s memorandum directing $200 million a year to the Department of Education for STEM and computer science instruction. This memo stands in contrast with the administration’s earlier proposal to cut $9.2 billion from the Department of Education budget. President Trump’s first STEM education memo avoids increased federal funding by securing short-term private investments   Senate Republicans this week failed once again to gather 50 votes to approve…

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Science policy weekly news update: Sept. 22, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: Sept. 22, 2017

What’s new in Blotter news? In response to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the ASBMB released a statement urging congressional action to codify DACA into law. ASBMB statement on Trump’s decision to end DACA Science Policy Analyst André Porter reports on the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ advisory council meeting this week. Porter presented a statement by the ASBMB inquiring about the Next Generation Researchers Initiative during the public comments…

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ASBMB statement on Trump’s decision to end DACA ?>

ASBMB statement on Trump’s decision to end DACA

  In response to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end DACA, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology released the following statement: The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, which represents more than 10,000 scientists throughout the world, strongly condemns the actions taken by President Donald Trump to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, and supports congressional action to codify this important policy into law. The life science research enterprise is built upon…

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Science Policy news weekly update: September 15, 2017 ?>

Science Policy news weekly update: September 15, 2017

  The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a comprehensive measure Sept. 7 that includes $15 billion for Hurricane Harvey aid, a continuing resolution to fund the government until December, and an increase in the debt ceiling that also would need to be raised by the end of the year. The U.S. House passed the bill one day later, and President Donald Trump signed the bill into law that same day. Congress must once again raise the debt ceiling and pass a…

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