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Science policy weekly roundup: March 1, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: March 1, 2019

ASBMB responds to NIH’s update on efforts to combat sexual harassment in science Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology released a statement in response to the National Institutes of Health’s update on their efforts to address sexual harassment in science. While the NIH has been slow to address harassment, the update provides some small steps that the agency plans to take to combat harassment in NIH-funded labs.  Read more here.   ASBMB…

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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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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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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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Advocacy Spotlight: ASBMB Advocates ?>

Advocacy Spotlight: ASBMB Advocates

ASBMB’s Advocate Spotlight highlights the efforts of science advocates to share the importance of biomedical research. If you know someone telling the story of science to legislators to advance science policy, email smartin@asbmb.org so that we can consider him or her.

Advocacy Spotlight: Kristeena Ray Wright ?>

Advocacy Spotlight: Kristeena Ray Wright

ASBMB’s Advocate Spotlight highlights the efforts of science advocates to share the importance of biomedical research. If you know someone telling the story of science to legislators to advance science policy, email smartin@asbmb.org so that we can consider him or her. Kristeena Ray Wright is a graduate student at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.

Advocacy Spotlight: Melanie Alvarado ?>

Advocacy Spotlight: Melanie Alvarado

ASBMB’s Advocate Spotlight will highlight the efforts of science advocates to share the importance of biomedical research. If you know someone telling the story of science to legislators to advance science policy, emailsmartin@asbmb.org, so that we can consider them. Melanie Alvarado is a graduate student at the University of Alaska Anchorage and studies HIV reactivation within cells that are hidden from a patient’s immune system. 

Advocacy Spotlight: Jarod Rollins ?>

Advocacy Spotlight: Jarod Rollins

ASBMB’s Advocate Spotlight will highlight the efforts of science advocates to share the importance of biomedical research. If you know someone telling the story of science to legislators to advance science policy, email smartin@asbmb.org, so that we can consider them. Jarod Rollins is a postdoctoral fellow at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine.  

Advocacy Spotlight: Joe Ramos ?>

Advocacy Spotlight: Joe Ramos

ASBMB’s Advocate Spotlight will highlight the efforts of science advocates to share the importance of biomedical research. If you know someone telling the story of science to legislators to advance science policy, email smartin@asbmb.org, so that we can consider them. Joe Ramos is the program director