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Science policy roundup: Nov. 17, 2017 ?>

Science policy roundup: Nov. 17, 2017

The ASBMB debuts first episode of “Pipettes and Politics” The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has released a science policy podcast titled “Pipettes and Politics.” Hosted by the public affairs department, the podcast discusses politics and policies that affect the science community. The first episode considers the ramifications of the U.S. House of Representatives’ tax proposal to eliminate tuition waivers for graduate students. Listen here.   National Science Board addresses skilled technical workforce issue ASBMB Science Policy Analyst…

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Science policy weekly news update: October 27, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: October 27, 2017

  Standardizing postdoc titles Eight scientists and science policy experts with ties to the ASBMB published an opinion article in the journal eLife this week making the case that what we call postdoctoral researchers really does matter. Read the ASBMB announcement and the eLife article.   What is next for the March for Science? It has been six months since the March for Science, a global event uniting hundreds of thousands of scientists from around the world to highlight the…

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What we call postdoctoral researchers matters, scientists say ?>

What we call postdoctoral researchers matters, scientists say

  ROCKVILLE, MD. – In an opinion piece in the journal eLife, eight scientists and science policy experts make the case for standardizing how postdoctoral researchers are categorized by human resources offices and provide a framework that willing institutions can follow. The authors argue that the widespread use of inconsistent titles for researchers who’ve earned Ph.D.s and hold temporary research positions, primarily at academic institutions, makes tracking their progress difficult and counting them simply impossible. What’s more, the authors say, different…

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Science policy weekly news update: September 29, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: September 29, 2017

  What’s new in Blotter News Policy analyst André Porter discusses President Donald Trump’s memorandum directing $200 million a year to the Department of Education for STEM and computer science instruction. This memo stands in contrast with the administration’s earlier proposal to cut $9.2 billion from the Department of Education budget. President Trump’s first STEM education memo avoids increased federal funding by securing short-term private investments   Senate Republicans this week failed once again to gather 50 votes to approve…

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Science policy weekly news update: Sept. 22, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: Sept. 22, 2017

What’s new in Blotter news? In response to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the ASBMB released a statement urging congressional action to codify DACA into law. ASBMB statement on Trump’s decision to end DACA Science Policy Analyst André Porter reports on the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ advisory council meeting this week. Porter presented a statement by the ASBMB inquiring about the Next Generation Researchers Initiative during the public comments…

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The ASBMB provides feedback regarding the NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative ?>

The ASBMB provides feedback regarding the NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative

Update 8/21/2017: The NIH recently named the following individuals to their working group: Co-chairs: Jose Florez, MD, PhD, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, and Lawrence A. Tabak, DDS, PhD, Principal Deputy Director at NIH. The rest of the working group comprises of 14 other members, including 8 university research faculty, two postdoctoral fellows, and directors of two NIH institutes. The individual members can be found at the NIH webpage. — Shortly after rescinding the Grant Support Index, the National Institutes of…

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ASBMB rejects President Trump’s FY18 budget ?>

ASBMB rejects President Trump’s FY18 budget

President Donald Trump released his fiscal year 18 budget proposal on Tuesday.  Included in that proposal is a $7.4 billion cut in funding for the National Institutes of Health. Benjamin Corb, director of public affairs for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has provided the following statement in response to the proposal: President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget, if enacted, would significantly damage the nation’s role as the global leader of research and innovation, and would roll…

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ASBMB responds to proposed Grant Support Index ?>

ASBMB responds to proposed Grant Support Index

  Earlier this month, the National Institutes of Health announced the proposed Grant Support Index.  The proposal seeks to help distribute research dollars in a more equitable manner by imposing limits on the number of NIH awards with which an investigator can be involved.  In response, the ASBMB sent a letter to leadership at the NIH voicing concerns and providing recommendations. Specifically, concerns addressed in the letter include: Using “points” as a proxy for grant dollars will create unintended inequities….

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The March for Science is over. What now? ?>

The March for Science is over. What now?

  ASBMB launches Grassroots Science Advocacy Network This weekend, champions for science across the world organized in an unprecedented way to advocate for the importance of scientific research, education and funding. .@ASBMB members are at #ScienceMarch showing support for evidence-based policy decisions and sci workforce diversity & inclusion. #ExpBio pic.twitter.com/LyJnqNUKcJ — ASBMB (@ASBMB) April 22, 2017 The March for Science suffered many bumps and bruises during its development, especially with regard to diversity and inclusion.  News of organizational upheavals also…

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2017 Hill Day Recap ?>

2017 Hill Day Recap

  This past week, the ASBMB held its annual Hill Day, bringing undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and midcareer researchers to Capitol Hill to discuss federal funding for scientific research with members of Congress and their staffs.  #ASBMBHillDay is underway! Meet the undergrads, #PhD students & #postdocs talking to lawmakers about their work: https://t.co/DL1ljWN04g. pic.twitter.com/ys9oJlJlTO — ASBMB (@ASBMB) April 6, 2017 Early Thursday morning Hill Day attendees put on their advocacy hats and descended on Capitol Hill. The next…

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