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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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Science Policy news weekly update: September 15, 2017 ?>

Science Policy news weekly update: September 15, 2017

  The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a comprehensive measure Sept. 7 that includes $15 billion for Hurricane Harvey aid, a continuing resolution to fund the government until December, and an increase in the debt ceiling that also would need to be raised by the end of the year. The U.S. House passed the bill one day later, and President Donald Trump signed the bill into law that same day. Congress must once again raise the debt ceiling and pass a…

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Science Policy news weekly update: August 26, 2017 ?>

Science Policy news weekly update: August 26, 2017

  What’s new in Blotter news? Science Policy Analyst Andre Porter attended the National Science Board summer meeting this week. Read his summary of the meeting below: Where we’ve been: attending the National Science Board summer meeting My previous entry regarding the National Institute of Health’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative was updated to include the names of scientists assigned to the working group. The ASBMB provides feedback regarding the NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative   In an interview, U.S. Senate Majority…

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Senate appropriations bills provide a boost to DOE’s office of Science and a cut to NSF in 2018 ?>

Senate appropriations bills provide a boost to DOE’s office of Science and a cut to NSF in 2018

  The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved two draft funding bills for fiscal 2018 that conflict with appropriation bills proposed by the House earlier this month.  The House Appropriations Committee proposed flat funding for the National Science Foundation research programs and Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The Senate, however, is seeking to provide a slight cut and increase, respectively. Under the budgets put forth by the Senate Appropriations Committee, the NSF would receive $7.3 billion and the Department of…

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Agencies avoid major hit in 2018 draft House appropriations bill ?>

Agencies avoid major hit in 2018 draft House appropriations bill

  This week, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee released three draft appropriations bills for fiscal year 2018 for a variety of agencies, including those related to science.  The drafts include reductions in discretionary funds over 2017 levels. While the committee recommends funding most of the National Science Foundation’s programs at fiscal 2017 levels, rejecting proposed cuts by the Trump administration, it does, however, propose reducing appropriations for the foundation’s nonresearch activities.  Additionally, the National Institutes of Health would see an…

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House Committee on Science, Space, &Technology hearing: examining the overhead cost of research ?>

House Committee on Science, Space, &Technology hearing: examining the overhead cost of research

  This week, the U.S. House Science, Space, & Technology subcommittee on research and technology held a hearing on the overhead cost of research being funded by agencies, including the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. Witnesses included: Dale Bell, division director of institution and award support at NSF; John Neumann, director of natural resources and environment at the U.S. Government Accountability Office; James Luther, associate vice president of finance and compliance officer at Duke University and chairman…

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House Appropriations Committee hearing: advances in biomedical research ?>

House Appropriations Committee hearing: advances in biomedical research

  This week, the House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education subcommittee held an oversight hearing on advances in biomedical research at the National institutes of Health.  Witnesses included Francis Collins, director of NIH, as well as directors from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Hearing: “Federally Funded Cancer Research: Coordination and Innovation” ?>

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Hearing: “Federally Funded Cancer Research: Coordination and Innovation”

On Wednesday, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing titled “Federally Funded Cancer Research: Coordination and Innovation.” At this hearing, the committee heard testimony from Tammi Carr, mother of Chad Carr, who passed away from a rare brain tumor at the age of 4. Tammi Carr founded the ChadTough foundation, raising money for rare forms of pediatric cancer. The committee also heard from Mary Beckerle, CEO and director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University…

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House panel calls – once again – for greater congressional oversight of research proposals ?>

House panel calls – once again – for greater congressional oversight of research proposals

  The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology earlier this month released its annual filing known as the Views and Estimates.  The committee, which is responsible for oversight of nonmilitary, nonbiomedical federally supported research and which oversees major research-funding agencies (including the National Science Foundation, NASA and the Department of Energy), reiterated its past calls for lawmakers to  play a larger role in the decision-making processes at those agencies. Though the document expresses the committee’s commitment to the…

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Scientists hear mixed messages on political support for biomedical research and the NIH ?>

Scientists hear mixed messages on political support for biomedical research and the NIH

The White House’s budget rollout last week sent shockwaves through the scientific community broadly and National Institutes of Health supporters specifically.  President Donald Trump, in his “skinny budget” release, called for a $5.8 billion cut to the NIH’s budget, 19 percent of fiscal year 2016 appropriations for the agency.  The cut came as a surprise because the agency historically has enjoyed bipartisan support. The president’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, made Trump’s intentions clear at a press conference last week.  “This…

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