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Where we’ve been: Attending the House hearing on scientific integrity ?>

Where we’ve been: Attending the House hearing on scientific integrity

The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology had a hearing on scientific integrity on Wednesday, during which its members discussed ways to prevent the manipulation and suppression of scientific findings produced by government scientists. Several Democrats on the committee spoke in support of House Bill 1709, the Scientific Integrity Act. This legislation, an amendment to the America COMPETES Act of 2007, would codify policies to prevent censorship and alteration of scientific findings produced by federal science agencies. U.S….

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Science policy weekly roundup: July 12, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: July 12, 2019

White House science office creates committee to tackle U.S. research enterprise problems The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced in May that it will create an interagency committee to address issues facing researchers, such as increasing rigor and reproducibility, preventing foreign espionage and addressing gender and sexual harassment. The committee will include leaders from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy. Read more here. Merit review panels exempt from Trump order to…

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White House science office creates committee to tackle U.S. research enterprise problems ?>

White House science office creates committee to tackle U.S. research enterprise problems

  The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced in May the formation of an interagency committee tasked with addressing a number of issues troubling the American research enterprise.  The committee’s priorities are reducing administrative burden, increasing rigor and reproducibility, increasing the participation of underrepresented groups, preventing gender and sexual harassment, and safeguarding intellectual property from foreign competitors and influence. The committee will be co-chaired by OSTP Director Kelvin Droegemeier, National Science Foundation Director France Córdova, National Institutes…

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Science policy weekly roundup: May 10, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 10, 2019

NSF garners bipartisan support for the agency’s FY2020 budget Members of the U.S. Congress on both sides of the aisle praised the National Science Foundation’s role in supporting the American economy, health, and national security during a congressional budget hearing on Tuesday. Both Democrats and Republicans signaled that the agency’s fiscal year 2020 proposed budget will be increased, despite President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut the NSF budget by 12 percent. Read more here [link to our NSF budget blog,…

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At Department of Energy advisory council meeting, ASBMB comments on foreign influence and espionage ?>

At Department of Energy advisory council meeting, ASBMB comments on foreign influence and espionage

During the Department of Energy’s Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Council meeting on April 25, Steve Binkley, deputy director of the DOE Office of Science, discussed new DOE policies to decrease foreign influence and espionage related to the agency’s supported research and national labs. Since August, the U.S. Congress has pushed the DOE and other federal science agencies to issue new policies to reduce foreign espionage and rampant intellectual property theft by other countries. U.S. scientists are increasingly worried that…

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Science policy weekly roundup: March 15, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: March 15, 2019

White House 2020 budget proposes deep cuts to science President Donald Trump released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 on Monday. The proposal cuts the budgets of the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Department of Energy Office of Science by at least 12 percent. However, the U.S. Congress has rejected Trump’s last two budget proposals and awarded billions to federal science agencies. Read more here. NCI Director Ned Sharpless named acting FDA commissioner National Cancer Institute…

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White House releases 2020 budget request ?>

White House releases 2020 budget request

This week, President Donald Trump released his fiscal year 2020 budget request. The proposal, titled “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First” outlines $4.75 trillion to fund the federal government for FY 2020 which begins on Oct. 1. The proposed budget is in-line with the 2011 Budget Control Act.  This law places requirements on Congress to address the nation’s debt limit and avoid default through budget sequestration. The request calls for over $2.7 trillion in spending cuts…

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Science policy weekly roundup: September 28, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: September 28, 2018

Where we’ve been: Attending the NSF BIO advisory meeting Science Policy Analyst André Porter provides an update from last week’s National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Biological Sciences Advisory Committee meeting. NSF officials discussed several issues affecting the directorate, including the elimination of submission deadlines, efforts to support mid-career researchers, and recently released sexual harassment policies.  Read more here.   U.S. House passes funding bill to give NIH $2 billion boost The U.S. House voted Wednesday to pass a spending package…

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Science policy weekly roundup: June 22, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: June 22, 2018

Episode 10 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available In the latest episode of ASBMB science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics,” public affairs staff members discuss the appropriations process for fiscal year 2019, how the National Academies of Science and the National Institutes of Health are proposing to reduce sexual harassment in science, and NIH recommendations to assist the next generation of researchers. Listen here.   Science agencies poised for budget boost for FY19 The U.S. House appropriations committees have given…

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Episode 10 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available. ?>

Episode 10 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available.

Episode 10 of the ASBMB science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics” is now available. ASBMB public affairs staff members provide updates on the U.S. House and Senate fiscal year 2019 budget proposals for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy Office of Science. Staff members also talk about the discussions at the NIH Advisory Council meetings regarding its draft recommendations to address the next generation of researchers and the NIH’s response to reducing…

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