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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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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: March 1, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: March 1, 2019

ASBMB responds to NIH’s update on efforts to combat sexual harassment in science Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology released a statement in response to the National Institutes of Health’s update on their efforts to address sexual harassment in science. While the NIH has been slow to address harassment, the update provides some small steps that the agency plans to take to combat harassment in NIH-funded labs.  Read more here.   ASBMB…

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Tell lawmakers to support science by ending the government shutdown ?>

Tell lawmakers to support science by ending the government shutdown

Tell lawmakers to support science by ending the government shutdown Click here to urge your representatives to reopen the federal government and support the vital work done by federal science agencies such as the National Science Foundation. Send an email, letter or tweet through our portal to make your voice heard.    As the shutdown continues, science is getting hurt As the U.S. government enters its 28th day of a partial shutdown, the closure of federal science agencies, including the…

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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: October 26, 2018 ?>

Science Policy Weekly Roundup: October 26, 2018

Candidates with science backgrounds face challenges in their congressional races Fewer than 20 candidates with STEM backgrounds are still in the race for congressional seats. After a bruising primary that kicked out a majority of the STEM candidates, those who remain still face several hurdles as the midterms draw closer, including well-funded opponents with large networks. Read more here.    Scientists warn of Brexit’s possible damaging effects on science Amid talks of limiting immigration in Britain’s negotiations to exit the European Union, dozens of prominent scientists urged…

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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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ASBMB statement on Trump’s decision to end DACA ?>

ASBMB statement on Trump’s decision to end DACA

  In response to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end DACA, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology released the following statement: The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, which represents more than 10,000 scientists throughout the world, strongly condemns the actions taken by President Donald Trump to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, and supports congressional action to codify this important policy into law. The life science research enterprise is built upon…

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