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ASBMB provides feedback on latest NIGMS proposal to increase diversity ?>

ASBMB provides feedback on latest NIGMS proposal to increase diversity

  In August, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences requested feedback from the scientific community on the potential impacts of changing the funding vehicle for some of the institute’s undergraduate and predoctoral diversity programs.  The institute is seeking to support a broader swath of students by moving its undergrad diversity programs, which use the research education code (R25), to training grants (T32 or T34).  Training grants allow grantees to extend tuition support to undergraduate students, which is not possible…

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Science policy weekly news update: October 27, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: October 27, 2017

  Standardizing postdoc titles Eight scientists and science policy experts with ties to the ASBMB published an opinion article in the journal eLife this week making the case that what we call postdoctoral researchers really does matter. Read the ASBMB announcement and the eLife article.   What is next for the March for Science? It has been six months since the March for Science, a global event uniting hundreds of thousands of scientists from around the world to highlight the…

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

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 in our diverse community. Since the election of Donald Trump as president-elect, we have seen violence and other hate-inspired acts that make members of our…

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Advocacy Spotlight: Melanie Alvarado ?>

Advocacy Spotlight: Melanie Alvarado

ASBMB’s Advocate Spotlight will highlight the efforts of science advocates to share the importance of biomedical research. If you know someone telling the story of science to legislators to advance science policy, emailsmartin@asbmb.org, so that we can consider them. Melanie Alvarado is a graduate student at the University of Alaska Anchorage and studies HIV reactivation within cells that are hidden from a patient’s immune system. 

NIH reaches deal with Lacks family to access HeLa genome ?>

NIH reaches deal with Lacks family to access HeLa genome

The National Institutes of Health on Wednesday announced that it had brokered a deal with the family of the late Henrietta Lacks to give researchers access to the genome of the HeLa cell line. The HeLa genome will be available to those who have applied for access and have consented to use the information only for biomedical research. A panel of board members, including members of the Lacks family, will evaluate and approve proposals that request the genome and studies…

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UPDATED: Registration deadline for postdoc workshop – Jan. 6 ?>

UPDATED: Registration deadline for postdoc workshop – Jan. 6

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology has partnered with the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to present the 2012 Workshop for Postdocs Transitioning to Independent Positions. The workshop will be held on March 12-13, 2012, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and is designed to provide information for postdoctoral researchers making the transition to professional independence. Sessions include speakers from academia and industry who will present information on career planning, grant writing, networking and…

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Study finds black researchers less likely to receive NIH funding ?>

Study finds black researchers less likely to receive NIH funding

Last week, a study released in Science reported a disturbing gap in the funding success rates of black scientists. The study, commissioned by the National Institutes of Health, looked at 83,000 RO1 grant applications from 2000 to 2006 and compared the applicants’ self-identified ethnicity to the probability of receiving an award. The authors hypothesized that scientists with similar research records and affiliations would have a similar likelihood of receiving awards, regardless of ethnicity. However, the study found that black scientists were…

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