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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.

ASBMB opposes the FIRST Act ?>

ASBMB opposes the FIRST Act

The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2013 was introduced on Monday by Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. The FIRST Act is a reauthorization of the National Science Foundation and several other federal science agencies. The bill will be marked up by the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology committee tomorrow morning. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology opposes this bill. Starting with the High-Quality Research Act through the original version…

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Science Policy Roundup: November 22, 2013 ?>

Science Policy Roundup: November 22, 2013

The world of science policy can be hard to keep up with, especially when a scientist is consumed at the bench. That’s where the Policy Blotter comes in! The Science Policy Roundup features the week’s science policy news. The America COMPETES Act is up for reauthorization. This bill was enacted in 2007 and reauthorized in 2010 to guide investments in research and development to promote innovation to keep the U.S. as a leader in the competitive world market. The U.S….

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Science Policy Roundup: November 15, 2013 ?>

Science Policy Roundup: November 15, 2013

The world of science policy can be hard to keep up with, especially when a scientist is consumed at the bench. That’s where the Policy Blotter comes in! The Science Policy Roundup features the week’s science policy news. Nondefense Discretionary United is “a coalition of leaders joining forces in an effort to save public services (known in Congress as nondefense discretionary programs) from devastating budget cuts.” NDD United released a report detailing the stories of individuals across the country suffering…

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Science Policy Roundup: November 8, 2013 ?>

Science Policy Roundup: November 8, 2013

The world of science policy can be hard to keep up with, especially when a scientist is consumed at the bench. That’s where the Policy Blotter comes in! Starting now, the Science Policy Roundup will feature the week’s science policy news. The National Institutes of Health was highlighted in speeches by U.S. Senators Bob Casey, D-Penn., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Both called for an increase in the NIH budget. “Sen. Casey: Congress cannot allow budget fight to affect medical research”…

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Summer legislation and the scientific community ?>

Summer legislation and the scientific community

Today, Congress returns from their Memorial Day holiday. Much of the political news in the coming months will focus on scandals rather than legislation. However, Congress will be in session for the next two months with a brief break for Independence Day, and they are sure to do some legislating, right? Here is a preview of some of the policy issues we will be following during the D.C. summer. Immigration reform On May 21, the Senate Judiciary committee passed the…

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Federal reports point to R&D as the key to American innovation ?>

Federal reports point to R&D as the key to American innovation

We’re only three weeks into the new year, and a barrage of federal reports that focus on the status of American competitiveness and innovation capacity already have been released. Not surprisingly, the connection between research and education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and a strong national economy was highlighted in each report. On Jan. 6, the Department of Commerce delivered The Competitive and Innovative Capacity of the U.S. report to Congress. The report outlines the three elements…

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AAAS Hosts Annual Science and Technology Policy Forum ?>

AAAS Hosts Annual Science and Technology Policy Forum

The American Association for the Advancement of Sciences held its 36th annual Forum on Science and Technology Policy on May 5 and 6.  Over 400 participants took part in a series of lectures, panel discussions, and informal briefings during the conference, held at the Ronald Reagan building in downtown Washington D.C. Headlining the list of notable speakers was John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  In his speech, Holdren emphasized that science and technology…

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America COMPETES Reauthorization Signed Into Law ?>

America COMPETES Reauthorization Signed Into Law

On Tuesday, President Obama finalized reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act by signing it into law.  The move completes a laborious process that saw the bill hung up in the House of Representatives over several notorious amendments, pushed back by procedural delays in the Senate, and finally approved by the 111th Congress as one of its final acts before recessing for good. Proponents point to COMPETES, first passed in 2007 as a response to the National Academies’ harrowing Rising Above…

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