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ASBMB Statement on President Donald Trump’s FY2018 Budget Proposal ?>

ASBMB Statement on President Donald Trump’s FY2018 Budget Proposal

President Donald Trump released his first budget proposal on Thursday.  Included in that proposal is a $5.8 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: A $6 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health is unacceptable to the scientific community and should be unacceptable to the American public as well.  Trump’s spending…

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Apply for the ASBMB Student/Postdoc Capitol Hill Day ?>

Apply for the ASBMB Student/Postdoc Capitol Hill Day

  The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is now accepting applications for our annual Student/Postdoc Hill Day! Every year, the ASBMB brings trainees from across the country to meet with their congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. This fully funded opportunity gives trainees the chance to help promote scientific research by directly interacting with policymakers. The deadline to apply is March 10. The event will be held April 5-6. Arriving on Wednesday, April 5, participants will take part in…

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ASBMB statement supporting peer-reviewed science at federal agencies ?>

ASBMB statement supporting peer-reviewed science at federal agencies

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology believes that peer-reviewed science should remain free of politicization, and we support the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and all federally funded scientific agencies in their efforts to continue on their missions without political interference.

Statement from the ASBMB on its commitment to diversity and inclusion upon the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States ?>

Statement from the ASBMB on its commitment to diversity and inclusion upon the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is committed to ensuring a diverse, inclusive and supportive environment in which scientists can make the important breakthroughs that will improve the health and quality of life of people across the world. During the 2016 presidential election, we heard harsh rhetoric  that caused great concern among those in our diverse community. Since the election of Donald Trump as president-elect, we have seen violence and other hate-inspired acts that make members of our…

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Catalyzing graduate education ?>

Catalyzing graduate education

In April, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences hosted a symposium called “Catalyzing the Modernization of Graduate Education.” The symposium preceded an article written by NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch and colleagues outlining graduate education issues and featuring potential solutions from innovative programs. ASBMB Education and Professional Development Manager Erica Siebrasse participated in the event. After the symposium, the NIGMS issued a request for information on strategies for modernizing biomedical graduate education, to which the ASBMB responded. Read more about…

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Guest Blog: Jeremy Berg talks Sustainable Research Funding ?>

Guest Blog: Jeremy Berg talks Sustainable Research Funding

Below is a guest post by Jeremy Berg of the University of Pittsburgh. Berg is a past president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, a past winner of the ASBMB’s Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award and the new editor-in-chief of the journal Science. Berg helped lead ASBMB’s advocacy efforts during his presidency and has since continued to contribute from afar. His guest post contextualizes an editorial he wrote in Science that predicts what sustainable funding for…

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Let me introduce myself ?>

Let me introduce myself

Greetings all! My name is Andrew Stothert, and I am the new science policy fellow at the ASBMB. With this fellowship, I hope to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to launch a lifelong career of advocating for increased federal funding for biomedical research and promoting beneficial science policy reform for the research community. I earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in medical Sciences and Ph.D. in molecular medicine (with a concentration…

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Attention grad students and postdocs: Enter the ASBMB Science Advocacy Video Contest ?>

Attention grad students and postdocs: Enter the ASBMB Science Advocacy Video Contest

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee wants to know what science advocacy means to you! We invite you to submit a video essay telling us about your advocacy experience in your own words. What to highlight in your science advocacy video? Any meaningful science advocacy experience is welcome, but here are some ideas: How did you overcome hurdles to science advocacy? How has advocacy helped you network? What has been the impact on your career? What is fun about science…

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Are raises for postdoctoral fellows on the way? Department of Labor changes overtime rules. ?>

Are raises for postdoctoral fellows on the way? Department of Labor changes overtime rules.

Last night, the Department of Labor issued a new rule on overtime pay.  Effective December 1, 2016, the criteria under which employees will be eligible for overtime pay will be: The salary threshold for eligibility for overtime pay will rise from $455 per week to $913 per week ($47,476 per year). The threshold will automatically update every three years, based on wage growth over time. Overtime protections for salaried workers entitled to overtime will be strengthened. And finally, the one…

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Greetings ?>

Greetings

Greetings Policy Blotter readers, My name is André Porter, and I am the new policy analyst here at the ASBMB.  I will be working to make sure that the policy issues relevant to the biochemistry and molecular biology community are advocated for and that the community stays abreast to the changes in the political landscape.  My background includes a B.S. as well as a M.S. in biology with a concentration in behavioral genetics from Howard University.  Additionally, I come to…

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