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Science policy weekly roundup: August 23, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: August 23, 2019

Springer Nature and German scientific institutions reach open-access deal Publisher Springer Nature and a consortium of more than 700 German libraries and research institutions reached an agreement to allow consortium members to publish open-access papers to more than 1,900 Springer Nature journals. The institutes also will receive access to articles in those journals. The deal, however, does not cover the Nature brand of journals, including Nature and Nature Medicine. Read more here.   Biotech leaders speak out against targeting of Chinese…

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Science policy weekly roundup: July 19, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: July 19, 2019

Where we’ve been: attending the House hearing on scientific integrity The U.S. House science committee had a hearing on scientific integrity on Wednesday to discuss ways to prevent suppression and manipulation of scientific findings generated by government scientists. Committee members focused on House Bill 1709, the Scientific Integrity Act, which would codify policies at scientific agencies to prevent censorship and alteration of research data. Read more here. NSF outlines effort to prevent research espionage The National Science Foundation released a…

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National Science Foundation outlines its efforts to prevent research espionage ?>

National Science Foundation outlines its efforts to prevent research espionage

National Science Foundation Director France Córdova released a dear colleague letter on July 11 outlining the agency’s activities to stave off attempts from foreign countries to disrupt and steal taxpayer-funded research and intellectual property.  The letter reaffirms the integral role that international scientists, trainees and collaborative activities play in supporting the nation’s scientific enterprise.  It also clarifies that the agency’s new measures are a direct response to increased threats on U.S. research and development, stating that while the agency’s values…

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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 31, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 31, 2019

Urge your elected officials to support legislation to broaden STEM participation The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee is asking you to encourage your elected officials to support legislation to broaden participation by women, military veterans and underrepresented minorities in STEM. Click here to send a letter now.   Advocacy spotlight: William T. Booth II, veteran, scientist and advocate ASBMB Science Policy Analyst André Porter interviews ASBMB member William T. Booth II, a military veteran and…

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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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Where we’ve been: Attending the NSF FY2020 budget hearing ?>

Where we’ve been: Attending the NSF FY2020 budget hearing

National Science Foundation Director France Córdova testified Tuesday before the U.S. House subcommittee on research and technology. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the agency, concerns about foreign espionage in science and the NSF’s STEM education initiatives were discussed. Bipartisan support for increased NSF budget Subcommittee members on both sides of the aisle agreed on the importance of funding the NSF. They criticized Trump’s proposed 12 percent cut of $900 million to the science agency for fiscal year 2020. In…

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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 8, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: March 8, 2019

First grants are smaller for women who are PIs than for men who are A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that women who are principal investigators receive about $40,000 less in their first grant than men. In a statement, the National Institutes of Health acknowledged it is aware of this disparity and said that it is supporting efforts to address it. Read more here.   U.S. universities respond to NIH request for information regarding foreign ties…

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