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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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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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Science policy weekly roundup: February 22, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: February 22, 2019

New parents leave full-time STEM careers A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science reports that more than 40 percent of women and 23 percent of men leave their full-time STEM careers after having a first child. The findings from this eight-year study highlight a contributing factor to the gender imbalance seen in academia and other STEM sectors and the challenges of balancing a career in STEM and raising a family. Read more here.   NIH investigates…

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Updates from the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director’s December Meeting ?>

Updates from the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director’s December Meeting

  The National Institutes of Health’s Advisory Committee to the Director convened Dec. 13 to provide recommendations on the agency’s efforts to address foreign influences on research integrity, discuss the Next Generation of Researchers Initiative, and provide updates on policies to prevent and address sexual harassment. NIH director updates NIH Director Francis S. Collins discussed the agency’s budget and highlighted recent activities and discoveries. Collins addressed the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. Implemented in May, this regulation strengthens privacy…

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Science policy weekly roundup: August 31, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: August 31, 2018

Senate committee holds hearing on nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier to head OSTP Science Policy Analyst André Porter discusses last week’s U.S. Senate committee hearing to nominate Kelvin Droegemeier to lead the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Several senators asked the nominee about how he would ensure that scientific evidence would be taken seriously by the administration. Droegemeier, a meteorologist, also side-stepped questions regarding whether humans were responsible for climate change. Read more here.   Elizabeth Warren raises concern about…

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Science policy weekly roundup: August 24, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: August 24, 2018

  What do you think about NIH efforts to support next generation of researchers? The National Institutes of Health is proposing recommendations to support the next generation of researchers, and we at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology want to know what you think. We will collect your feedback and send it to the NIH. Submit your opinion and view a timeline of the ASBMB’s involvement here. U.S. Senate passes NIH appropriations bill In an 85-7 vote on…

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UPDATE: Broad Institute claims victory in CRISPR intellectual property case ?>

UPDATE: Broad Institute claims victory in CRISPR intellectual property case

Previously we reported on the ongoing battle for intellectual property patent ownership of the CRISPR gene-editing technology between the University of California at Berkeley and the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. In this case, UC Berkeley challenged multiple patents filed by the Broad Institute on the grounds that they overlapped or interfered with existing patents held by UC Berkeley. On Feb 15, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office court ruled in favor of the…

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Who owns the CRISPR gene editing method? ?>

Who owns the CRISPR gene editing method?

On December 6, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office began hearing arguments from The University of California, Berkeley and the Broad Institute, a joint collaborative effort between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, regarding the intellectual property ownership of the gene editing method known as the CRISPR/Cas system. UC Berkeley was the first to file a patent for this method, while the Broad Institute has previously won multiple awards regarding its research on this system and has filed…

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