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White House releases 2020 budget request ?>

White House releases 2020 budget request

This week, President Donald Trump released his fiscal year 2020 budget request. The proposal, titled “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First” outlines $4.75 trillion to fund the federal government for FY 2020 which begins on Oct. 1. The proposed budget is in-line with the 2011 Budget Control Act.  This law places requirements on Congress to address the nation’s debt limit and avoid default through budget sequestration. The request calls for over $2.7 trillion in spending cuts…

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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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ASBMB comments on Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX ?>

ASBMB comments on Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee submitted comments on Jan. 26 regarding the Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX. The PAAC’s response addressed the Department of Education’s proposal to narrow the definition of sexual harassment, raise the bar for admissible evidence, and require that institutions only investigate incidents that occur on campus or during campus-sponsored events. Such changes would significantly reduce the number of reported violations. According to the National Academy of Sciences’ report on sexual harassment in…

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Science policy weekly roundup: January 11, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: January 11, 2019

Science policy weekly roundup: January 11, 2019   The partial U.S. government shutdown affects the National Science Foundation The American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s public affairs director, Benjamin Corb, details how the partial government shutdown, now entering its 21st day, is affecting the National Science Foundation and scientists funded by the agency.  No grants have been allocated in 2019 due to the shutdown. By this time in 2018, $103.3 million had been allocated. Read more here.   The…

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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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Science policy weekly roundup: August 3, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: August 3, 2018

ASBMB supports Trump’s nominee to lead White House science advisory group The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology applauds the nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The OSTP has lacked a director for 19 months. President Donald Trump’s nominee is a respected meteorologist with extensive leadership experience at science organizations including the National Science Foundation. Read more here.   Trump mulls shutdown as Congress looks to fund government Congressional leaders…

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The ASBMB supports Trump nominee to lead Office of Science and Technology Policy ?>

The ASBMB supports Trump nominee to lead Office of Science and Technology Policy

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology supports U.S. President Donald Trump’s nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier to be the next director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Droegemeier, a meteorologist specializing in extreme weather, would be the first person to lead the office since Trump’s inauguration. Other OSTP positions also have remained vacant since Trump took office more than 19 months ago. The OSTP was reportedly staffed by only 35 employees…

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Episode 8 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available ?>

Episode 8 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available

The eighth episode of the ASBMB science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics,” is now available. In this episode, the ASBMB public affairs staff provides an update on fiscal year 2019 appropriations and the ASBMB’s response to the National Science Foundation’s new policy on harassment reporting on agency funded projects. Staff members also discuss the recently released National Academies report on supporting the next generation of biomedical and behavioral researchers, and the recommendations that the ASBMB submitted to the National Institutes…

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Science policy weekly roundup: May 11, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 11, 2018

The ASBMB responds to the NSF’s efforts to address sexual harassment in science The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee sent recommendations in response to the NSF’s request for comments on Important Notice No. 144, regarding the agency’s efforts to address sexual misconduct and harassment in the science community. The ASBMB PAAC recommended that NSF help establish standardized methods across universities to investigate misconduct claims; ensure privacy of reporters of sexual harassment; and publicize the…

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