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Science policy weekly roundup: March 15, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: March 15, 2019

White House 2020 budget proposes deep cuts to science President Donald Trump released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 on Monday. The proposal cuts the budgets of the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Department of Energy Office of Science by at least 12 percent. However, the U.S. Congress has rejected Trump’s last two budget proposals and awarded billions to federal science agencies. Read more here. NCI Director Ned Sharpless named acting FDA commissioner National Cancer Institute…

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White House releases 2020 budget request ?>

White House releases 2020 budget request

This week, President Donald Trump released his fiscal year 2020 budget request. The proposal, titled “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First” outlines $4.75 trillion to fund the federal government for FY 2020 which begins on Oct. 1. The proposed budget is in-line with the 2011 Budget Control Act.  This law places requirements on Congress to address the nation’s debt limit and avoid default through budget sequestration. The request calls for over $2.7 trillion in spending cuts…

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

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

  The National Institute of General Medical Sciences Advisory Council convened Jan. 25 to reissue funding announcements for existing programs, propose new funding opportunities and provide a report on the evaluation of the institute’s Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship. Highlights from the meeting are below. NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch discussed a new initiative to create accelerator hubs in states that have received grants through the Institutional Development Awards program. This initiative will seek to improve…

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THE ASBMB RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP NATIONAL ADDRESS ?>

THE ASBMB RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP NATIONAL ADDRESS

The following is a statement from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Later this evening, President Donald Trump will take to the airwaves to make the case for building a wall on the nation’s southern border.  The wall comes with a $5 billion price tag, to be paid for by the American taxpayers.  Border security is important, but immigration experts from across the political spectrum argue there is not a crisis that…

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Science policy weekly roundup: January 4, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: January 4, 2019

NIH advisory committee meets to discuss issues affecting science community The National Institutes of Health’s Advisory Committee to the Director met on Dec. 13 to provide updates on the agency’s policies that address sexual harassment in science, discuss recommendations to support the Next Generation of Researchers Initiative, and examine efforts to address foreign influence on the U.S. research enterprise. Read more here.   Droegemeier approved to direct White House OSTP Kelvin Droegemeier, nominee for the director of the White House…

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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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The ASBMB weighs in on data management and sharing policy ?>

The ASBMB weighs in on data management and sharing policy

  The National Institutes of Health is developing a policy for sharing and managing data produced by NIH-funded research.  Using the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable or FAIR principles developed by Mark D. Wilkinson  and colleagues, the NIH will increase access to scientific data produced from NIH funding and potentially improve the agency’s return on investment by facilitating its translation towards new studies, technologies and cures for diseases. The agency has asked the research community for input on the definition…

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