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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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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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Apply for the ASBMB student/postdoc Capitol Hill Day ?>

Apply for the ASBMB student/postdoc Capitol Hill Day

  The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is now accepting applications for its annual Student/Postdoc Capitol Hill Day! Every year, the ASBMB brings trainees from across the country to meet with their congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. This fully funded opportunity gives trainees the chance to promote scientific research by directly interacting with policymakers. The deadline to apply is Feb. 10. The event will be March 27–29. Arriving on Wednesday, March 27, attendees will take part in an…

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The ASBMB weighs in on data management and sharing policy ?>

The ASBMB weighs in on data management and sharing policy

  The National Institutes of Health is developing a policy for sharing and managing data produced by NIH-funded research.  Using the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable or FAIR principles developed by Mark D. Wilkinson  and colleagues, the NIH will increase access to scientific data produced from NIH funding and potentially improve the agency’s return on investment by facilitating its translation towards new studies, technologies and cures for diseases. The agency has asked the research community for input on the definition…

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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: September 21, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: September 21, 2018

The ASBMB PAAC responds to NIH statement addressing sexual harassment in science The ASBMB PAAC released a statement in response to the NIH’s latest statement regarding sexual harassment in science. The PAAC urged the NIH to define how the agency will respond to violations of sexual harassment policies at NIH-funded institutions. Read the statement here.   U.S. Senate passes spending bill that increases NIH budget by $2 billion The Senate voted 93-7 on Sept. 18 to pass an $854 billion…

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Episode 12 of Pipettes and Politics is available ?>

Episode 12 of Pipettes and Politics is available

Episode 12 of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics,” is now available.   In this episode, ASBMB Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb talks with Rush Holt, chief executive officer at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, about scientists running for office. Holt describes his time as a former congressional representative and how his scientific training affected his experience in Congress. Corb also provides an update on the recent appointment of Kelvin…

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Episode 11 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available ?>

Episode 11 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available

  In the latest episode of the ASBMB science policy podcast, public affairs staff members provide updates on the fiscal year 2019 Labor Health and Human Services appropriations. Staff members also discuss the society’s August is for Advocacy annual campaign and recap the society’s response to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ request for input on how to increase faculty diversity. Mary Woolley, president and chief executive officer for Research!America, joins the podcast to discuss the importance of science…

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Science policy weekly roundup: July 20, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: July 20, 2018

Episode 11 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available In the latest episode of the ASBMB science policy podcast, public affairs staff members provide updates on the fiscal year 2019 Labor Health and Human Services appropriations. Staff members also discuss the society’s August is for Advocacy annual campaign and recap the society’s response to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ request for input on how to increase faculty diversity. Mary Woolley, president and chief executive officer for Research!America, joins the…

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ASBMB hosts advocacy town hall at Experimental Biology annual meeting ?>

ASBMB hosts advocacy town hall at Experimental Biology annual meeting

For the second year in a row, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology hosted last month an advocacy town hall during the ASBMB Annual Meeting in San Diego. The town hall featured ASBMB Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb and ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee members Matthew Gentry of the University of Kentucky and Dorothy Shippen of Texas A&M University. The presenters described the ASBMB’s public affairs and advocacy programs to keep members informed of policies affecting the science…

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