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House passes fiscal 2020 funding bill package to fund NSF, NIH and DOE ?>

House passes fiscal 2020 funding bill package to fund NSF, NIH and DOE

The U.S. House passed a package of funding bills for fiscal year 2020 on June 25 that provides $41.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health, an increase of $2 billion from fiscal 2019 and $6.9 billion above President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. The bill funds the Department of Energy Office of Science at $6.87 billion, a $285 million increase. The bill also gives the National Science Foundation $8.45 billion, a $561.1 million boost.   The bill includes funding for…

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Science policy weekly roundup: June 21, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: June 21, 2019

Members of Congress question use of nonhuman primates in research Members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a provision in the fiscal year 2020 funding bill to increase oversight of nonhuman primate use in research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  The legislation mandates that the NIH and FDA report how its scientists are using nonhuman primates in their research. While animal rights advocates support this policy, scientists are worried that…

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Science policy weekly roundup: June 14, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: June 14, 2019

NIH group suggests how to address sexual harassment A working group on sexual harassment in science presented recommendations to the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director on Thursday to combat sexual harassment at institutions that receive NIH funding. The four recommendations include treating sexual harassment as seriously as research misconduct, requiring institutions tell the NIH about misconduct investigations, providing opportunities for reentry to scientists who have left academia because of harassment, and asking grantees about their misconduct…

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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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Advocacy Spotlight: Alanna Condren, doctoral candidate and science advocate ?>

Advocacy Spotlight: Alanna Condren, doctoral candidate and science advocate

This week we are highlighting the STEM Opportunities Act, or H.R. 2528, for the ASBMB’s spring advocacy campaign. First introduced in 2017 under the same name, the STEM Opportunities Act, sponsored by Eddie Johnson, D-Texas, directs federal agencies and academic institutions that conduct and support scientific research to develop strategies to better involve the nation’s full talent pool and increase the retention of underrepresented groups and women. ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, talked to Alanna Condren about her perspectives on…

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House bill pushes NIH to address sexual harassment ?>

House bill pushes NIH to address sexual harassment

The U.S. House appropriations subcommittee introduced a bill in late April to fund the National Institutes of Health in fiscal 2020. Included in the legislation is language instructing the science agency to be more proactive in how it addresses sexual harassment within the scientific community. The bill directs the NIH to require that NIH-funded institutions notify the agency when scientists are placed on administrative leave or removed from a grant because of sexual harassment findings. It also directs the NIH…

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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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