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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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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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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: 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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Science policy weekly roundup: May 18, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 18, 2018

  Listen to Episode 8 of “Pipettes and Politics” now Episode 8 of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics” is available. Public affairs staff discuss the fiscal year 2019 appropriations landscape; recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences to support the next generation of researchers; and the ASBMB’s response to both the National Science Foundation’s new sexual harassment reporting policy and the National Institutes of Health’s Next Generation of Researchers Initiative Working…

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Science policy weekly roundup: May 11, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 11, 2018

The ASBMB responds to the NSF’s efforts to address sexual harassment in science The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee sent recommendations in response to the NSF’s request for comments on Important Notice No. 144, regarding the agency’s efforts to address sexual misconduct and harassment in the science community. The ASBMB PAAC recommended that NSF help establish standardized methods across universities to investigate misconduct claims; ensure privacy of reporters of sexual harassment; and publicize the…

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FY18 omnibus proposes $1.3 trillion in spending with increases to the NSF, NIH and DOE’s Office of Science ?>

FY18 omnibus proposes $1.3 trillion in spending with increases to the NSF, NIH and DOE’s Office of Science

Update: The U.S. Senate passed the omnibus bill to fund the government until Sept. 30 Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill to fund the government for the remainder of the 2018 fiscal year.  Included in the bill are substantial increases to the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy’s office of science. The bipartisan spending bill largely rejects the Trump administration’s proposed cuts for FY18 that totaled $57.3 billion….

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“Pipettes and Politics” Episode 4 ?>

“Pipettes and Politics” Episode 4

The ASBMB’s science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics, has released its fourth episode. Prior to discussing the three-day government shutdown, the ASBMB public affairs staff discuss the National Institute of Health’s decision to delay implementation of new human research subject policies; the current status of the NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative; and the restructuring of the Department of Energy. Lastly, the episode covers the events leading to the federal government shutdown, the detrimental effects of shutdown to the research enterprise,…

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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: January 12, 2018   ?>

Science Policy Weekly Roundup: January 12, 2018  

  Government shutdown threat grows as Democrats and conservatives dig in The continuing resolution funding the federal government expires on Jan. 19, and negotiations for a bipartisan budget deal remain difficult. Democrats are tying budget negotiations to an immigration deal that would provide protections to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Passing another continuing resolution to temporarily fund the government for another month also may prove challenging. These temporary funding strategies prevent federal agencies like…

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