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Science policy weekly roundup: June 6, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: June 6, 2019

  Your voice can help broaden America’s STEM workforce The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee is working to advance legislation that will influence the makeup of the nation’s scientific workforce. The STEM Opportunities Act, also known as H.R. 2528, directs federal agencies and universities to mitigate barriers for women and underrepresented minorities seeking to participate in STEM training and careers. Tell your lawmakers to support the bill.   U.S. health agency limits use of human fetal tissue from elective abortions The U.S. Department of…

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Science policy weekly roundup: May 31, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 31, 2019

Urge your elected officials to support legislation to broaden STEM participation The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee is asking you to encourage your elected officials to support legislation to broaden participation by women, military veterans and underrepresented minorities in STEM. Click here to send a letter now.   Advocacy spotlight: William T. Booth II, veteran, scientist and advocate ASBMB Science Policy Analyst André Porter interviews ASBMB member William T. Booth II, a military veteran and…

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Advocacy Spotlight: Alanna Condren, doctoral candidate and science advocate ?>

Advocacy Spotlight: Alanna Condren, doctoral candidate and science advocate

This week we are highlighting the STEM Opportunities Act, or H.R. 2528, for the ASBMB’s spring advocacy campaign. First introduced in 2017 under the same name, the STEM Opportunities Act, sponsored by Eddie Johnson, D-Texas, directs federal agencies and academic institutions that conduct and support scientific research to develop strategies to better involve the nation’s full talent pool and increase the retention of underrepresented groups and women. ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, talked to Alanna Condren about her perspectives on…

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Advocacy Spotlight: William T. Booth II, veteran, scientist and advocate ?>

Advocacy Spotlight: William T. Booth II, veteran, scientist and advocate

This spring, members of the ASBMB are encouraging the U.S. Senate to advance the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act (S. 153), which directs the National Science Foundation to do more for veterans interested in pursuing education and training for STEM careers.  To learn more about the needs and experiences of veterans, ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, interviewed society member William T. Booth, a postdoctoral researcher who spent more than eight years in the U.S. Army and National Guard. Booth’s…

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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.