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Science policy roundup: November 10, 2017 ?>

Science policy roundup: November 10, 2017

Elimination of tuition waiver in GOP tax plan would adversely affect graduate students U.S. House GOP leaders released the legislative text of their tax plan this week. The proposal allows tuition that is usually waived by the university to be taxable, drastically increasing the tax liability of many graduate students. The ASBMB has released a statement opposing the proposed legislation as written. The Senate recently published an outline of its tax bill, which contains key differences to the House bill….

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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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Science policy weekly news update: October 20, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: October 20, 2017

  What’s new in blotter news? The upcoming deadline of multiple science policy fellowships prompted my latest blog post with tips on how to apply for these opportunities. Read more here.   Jon Marcus of The Atlantic writes about the decline of public universities, focusing on the Midwest. Research universities that receive federal funding from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies are vital hubs for local economies, supporting thousands of jobs, spawning many new businesses, and protecting cities…

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Science policy weekly news update: September 29, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: September 29, 2017

  What’s new in Blotter News Policy analyst André Porter discusses President Donald Trump’s memorandum directing $200 million a year to the Department of Education for STEM and computer science instruction. This memo stands in contrast with the administration’s earlier proposal to cut $9.2 billion from the Department of Education budget. President Trump’s first STEM education memo avoids increased federal funding by securing short-term private investments   Senate Republicans this week failed once again to gather 50 votes to approve…

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Science policy weekly news update: Sept. 22, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: Sept. 22, 2017

What’s new in Blotter news? In response to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the ASBMB released a statement urging congressional action to codify DACA into law. ASBMB statement on Trump’s decision to end DACA Science Policy Analyst André Porter reports on the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ advisory council meeting this week. Porter presented a statement by the ASBMB inquiring about the Next Generation Researchers Initiative during the public comments…

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Where we’ve been: attending the NIGMS advisory council meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: attending the NIGMS advisory council meeting

  The last National Institute of General Medical Sciences advisory council meeting of 2017 was held Sept. 14-15 with an open session Sept. 15.  The council meeting was led by NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch and covered collaborations across the National Institutes of Health, program updates and recent events hosted by the institute. Highlights from the meeting are below. You can watch a recording of the open session here, and we’re including timestamps on our highlights for your quick reference. 05:56 –…

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Science Policy news weekly update: September 15, 2017 ?>

Science Policy news weekly update: September 15, 2017

  The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a comprehensive measure Sept. 7 that includes $15 billion for Hurricane Harvey aid, a continuing resolution to fund the government until December, and an increase in the debt ceiling that also would need to be raised by the end of the year. The U.S. House passed the bill one day later, and President Donald Trump signed the bill into law that same day. Congress must once again raise the debt ceiling and pass a…

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Science Policy news weekly update: September 8, 2017 ?>

Science Policy news weekly update: September 8, 2017

What’s new in Blotter news: Science Policy Analyst André Porter attended the National Institute of Health’s Council of Councils meeting last week. Read his summary of the meeting below: Where we’ve been: Attending the September NIH Council of Councils meeting   The U.S. Senate appropriations committee voted overwhelmingly to pass a funding bill by the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee. The bill includes a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health, with money…

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Where we’ve been: Attending the September NIH Council of Councils meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: Attending the September NIH Council of Councils meeting

  Last week, the National Institutes of Health’s Council of Councils met to discuss program updates and policy changes across the agency. Highlights from the meeting are below. You can watch a recording of the meeting here, and we’re including timestamps on our highlights for your quick reference. 1:11:53 – Three ongoing studies of the NIH’s grant-review process, meant to evaluate the impact of implicit biases in proposal reviews, were presented. The studies are looking at how racial and gender…

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