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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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Help increase transparency for federal programs aimed at broadening STEM participation ?>

Help increase transparency for federal programs aimed at broadening STEM participation

The final bill that we are highlighting during our spring advocacy campaign is the STEM Research and Education Effectiveness and Transparency Act, or H.R. 627. Click here to participate. While many STEM trainees receive support through federally funded education programs, the bulk are funded through federal research project grants. Indeed, in 2016, the U.S. government funded $2.9 billion in STEM education programs but spent $38 billion on research at institutions of higher education. The National Science Foundation alone supported 362,000…

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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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Encourage Congress to support legislation to engage, support veterans in STEM ?>

Encourage Congress to support legislation to engage, support veterans in STEM

The first piece of legislation for which we’re advocating during our spring campaign is the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act, also known as S. 153. This bipartisan bill, introduced in January by Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., recognizes that veterans possess technical skills and traits that make them ideal candidates for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The bill directs the National Science Foundation to do more to engage and support veterans. Tell your senator to…

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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: May 17, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 17, 2019

Advocate for STEM education today Join the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s advocacy campaign to increase support for and access to STEM education and training. Take a few minutes to urge your lawmakers to co-sponsor three bills that support STEM. Send letters now using our templates. Four days left to apply for the ASBMB Advocacy Training Program The deadline to submit your application for the ASBMB Advocacy Training Program is 5 p.m. Eastern on Monday, May 20. This six-month…

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Science policy weekly roundup: May 10, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 10, 2019

NSF garners bipartisan support for the agency’s FY2020 budget Members of the U.S. Congress on both sides of the aisle praised the National Science Foundation’s role in supporting the American economy, health, and national security during a congressional budget hearing on Tuesday. Both Democrats and Republicans signaled that the agency’s fiscal year 2020 proposed budget will be increased, despite President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut the NSF budget by 12 percent. Read more here [link to our NSF budget blog,…

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At Department of Energy advisory council meeting, ASBMB comments on foreign influence and espionage ?>

At Department of Energy advisory council meeting, ASBMB comments on foreign influence and espionage

During the Department of Energy’s Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Council meeting on April 25, Steve Binkley, deputy director of the DOE Office of Science, discussed new DOE policies to decrease foreign influence and espionage related to the agency’s supported research and national labs. Since August, the U.S. Congress has pushed the DOE and other federal science agencies to issue new policies to reduce foreign espionage and rampant intellectual property theft by other countries. U.S. scientists are increasingly worried that…

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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: 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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