Statement from the ASBMB on its commitment to diversity and inclusion upon the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is committed to ensuring a diverse, inclusive and supportive environment in which scientists can make the important breakthroughs that will improve the health and quality of life of people across the world. During the 2016 presidential election, we heard harsh rhetoric  that caused great concern among those…

What we’re watching in 2014: Immigration reform

Immigration is an issue that affects many segments of the population, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professionals. Due to the complexity of immigration, agreeing on a bipartisan comprehensive bill is proving to be difficult. In the U.S. Senate, Democrats and Republicans were able to work together to pass a bill, the Border Security, Economic…

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,…

ASBMB responds to immigration reform proposal

On Monday, a group of eight senators—four Republicans and four Democrats—unveiled a framework for an immigration-reform plan. The Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 would, among other things, increase the number of visas available for foreign-born workers and students graduating with advanced degrees. Additionally, a portion of the fees spent to obtain these visas would be…

President Obama highlights the importance of basic research in the State of the Union address

In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Obama called economic fairness “the defining issue of our time.” In addition to focusing on tax reform, foreign policy and domestic job creation, the president also drew attention to several topics of interest to the biomedical research community, particularly, the importance of federal support for basic…