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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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The ASBMB PAAC responds to NSF efforts to address sexual harassment in science ?>

The ASBMB PAAC responds to NSF efforts to address sexual harassment in science

The #metoo movement has reached the science community, as several prominent scientists accused of sexual harassment and misconduct are being held accountable for their actions. In light of these incidents, the National Science Foundation has been reviewing and updating its sexual misconduct policies. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee (ASBMB PAAC) provided comments to the National Science Foundation’s Important Notice No. 144  regarding its latest actions to reduce sexual harassment and misconduct in the…

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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: February 16, 2018 ?>

Science Policy Weekly Roundup: February 16, 2018

ASBMB responds to President Donald Trump’s FY19 budget The Trump administration’s FY19 budget originally called for deep cuts for the NIH and the NSF. However, in response to the congressional budget deal that will infuse billions of dollars to the federal budget, the Office of Management and Budget walked back the cuts and instead proposed flat funding levels for those agencies. The administration’s original intent to reduce the NIH and NSF budgets demonstrate that the research enterprise is not a…

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Trump administration releases its FY19 budget ?>

Trump administration releases its FY19 budget

Today, the Trump administration released the president’s budget request for fiscal 2019.  As could be expected, the administration proposed heavy cuts to agencies that support the research enterprise.   Under the president’s proposal, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation’s research and related activities accounts would have seen reductions to $24 billion and $4.2 billion, respectively. The president’s budget, however, was drafted prior to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018  being signed into law last week.  Consequently, his…

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Science policy weekly roundup: February 9, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: February 9, 2018

The ASBMB issues a statement on the passage of budget deal After Congress passed a two-year budget deal that would raise caps on nondefense discretionary spending by $130 billion, ASBMB Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb issued a statement praising the bill. Read more here.   Congress reaches bipartisan budget deal after brief government shutdown Congress passed its bipartisan budget deal early Friday morning, preventing a government shutdown from taking full effect. The two-year omnibus spending package authorizes a nearly $300…

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ASBMB Statement on Passage of Budget Deal ?>

ASBMB Statement on Passage of Budget Deal

The following is a statement from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology applauds the actions taken by Congress today to avoid a government shutdown and to raise discretionary spending caps, paving the way for the completion of spending bills for the remainder of fiscal year 2018. The budget deal provides the parity that the ASBMB and other organizations have been calling for —ensuring that…

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ASBMB Statement on State of the Union Address ?>

ASBMB Statement on State of the Union Address

The following statement is from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: In his State of the Union address tonight, President Donald Trump outlined a vision for America that fails to capture the critical roles that science and those in the U.S. scientific enterprise play in improving the health and quality of life of Americans from coast to coast. While the president outlined an aggressive plan for investing in the nation’s infrastructure, the…

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