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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: March 16, 2018 ?>

Science Policy Weekly Roundup: March 16, 2018

Share the importance of your research in an op-ed Join the ASBMB in advocating for the importance of research funding from March 19 to April 11 by writing an op-ed for your local paper. Op-eds help your legislators understand the importance of research and how it affects their constituents. Watch our webinar on how to write an op-ed, and then sign up here to make your voice heard. Lawmakers disagree on details of budget as government shutdown looms, again Congressional…

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Science policy weekly update: March 9, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly update: March 9, 2018

Episode 6 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available Emily Holubowich, executive director of the Coalition for Health Funding, joins the sixth episode of the ASBMB’s science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics,” to discuss the ongoing negotiations for the fiscal year 2018 and 2019 budgets. ASBMB public affairs staff members also cover the recent U.S. House science panel hearing on sexual misconduct in science, the White House report on science and technology during President Donald Trump’s first year, and a new…

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Episode 6 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available ?>

Episode 6 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available

The sixth episode of the ASBMB science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics” is now available. ASBMB public affairs staff members discuss the U.S. House science committee’s hearing on sexual harassment and misconduct in science, the National Science Foundation’s efforts to combat sexual misconduct, and the White House’s report on science and technology in the first year of the Trump administration. Analysis and rebuttal by Matt Hourihan of AAAS of several claims in the White House report can be found here. …

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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 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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Highlights from committee U.S. Senate hearing: Leveraging the U.S. science and technology enterprise ?>

Highlights from committee U.S. Senate hearing: Leveraging the U.S. science and technology enterprise

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing last week to discuss the future of U.S. research and development investments.  The hearing centered on how funded research can translate into innovations in industry and in turn, the economy. The committee brought in expert witnesses from academia, the private sector and a government advisory board to testify and provide insight on possible strategies that the committee can utilize in drafting new legislation to leverage U.S. investments in the…

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With America COMPETES, Science Suffers ?>

With America COMPETES, Science Suffers

The U.S. House began debate yesterday on the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015. While H.R. 1806 shares a name with the largely supported legislation passed in 2007 and reauthorized in 2010, it falls short of delivering the visionary policy priorities and investments in science research of its predecessors.

Rep. Lamar Smith encouraged by updated NSF policies ?>

Rep. Lamar Smith encouraged by updated NSF policies

Over the past year and a half, U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, has confronted the National Science Foundation on matters of merit review and has singled out numerous NSF-funded grants he believes to be questionable uses of the agency’s funding.

A roller coaster ride at the NSF ?>

A roller coaster ride at the NSF

For the past several weeks, the National Science Foundation has had its fair share of air time on Capitol Hill. The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act has been winding its way through the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology committee since November, and it was finally debated by the full committee two weeks ago. A bill that sets NSF appropriations for the coming fiscal year has also been moving through the legislative process and was debated before…

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