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Science policy weekly roundup: March 23, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: March 23, 2018

FY18 omnibus will give boost to federal science agencies The $1.3 trillion spending bill passed the U.S. House and Senate on Thursday to fund the government for FY18. The bill will give a $3 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health, a $330 million increase to the National Science Foundation, and a $868 million increase to the Department of Energy Office of Science. Read science policy analyst André Porter’s post for more information. Trump signs spending bill after threatening…

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FY18 omnibus proposes $1.3 trillion in spending with increases to the NSF, NIH and DOE’s Office of Science ?>

FY18 omnibus proposes $1.3 trillion in spending with increases to the NSF, NIH and DOE’s Office of Science

Update: The U.S. Senate passed the omnibus bill to fund the government until Sept. 30 Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill to fund the government for the remainder of the 2018 fiscal year.  Included in the bill are substantial increases to the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy’s office of science. The bipartisan spending bill largely rejects the Trump administration’s proposed cuts for FY18 that totaled $57.3 billion….

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Science policy weekly roundup: February 23, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: February 23, 2018

ASBMB Hill Day applications close next Monday Scientists have until next Monday, Feb. 26, to apply for the ASBMB Student/Postdoc Capitol Hill Day. Selected applicants will attend several meetings with congressional representatives in Washington, D.C in April. Apply here.   NRSA individual predoctoral fellowship program discontinued The National Institute of General Medical Sciences is discontinuing its Ruth L. Kirschenstein National Research Service Award individual predoctoral fellowship (Parent F31) Program. The decision comes as NIGMS is refocusing its funds to support…

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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: February 16, 2018 ?>

Science Policy Weekly Roundup: February 16, 2018

ASBMB responds to President Donald Trump’s FY19 budget The Trump administration’s FY19 budget originally called for deep cuts for the NIH and the NSF. However, in response to the congressional budget deal that will infuse billions of dollars to the federal budget, the Office of Management and Budget walked back the cuts and instead proposed flat funding levels for those agencies. The administration’s original intent to reduce the NIH and NSF budgets demonstrate that the research enterprise is not a…

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Trump administration releases its FY19 budget ?>

Trump administration releases its FY19 budget

Today, the Trump administration released the president’s budget request for fiscal 2019.  As could be expected, the administration proposed heavy cuts to agencies that support the research enterprise.   Under the president’s proposal, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation’s research and related activities accounts would have seen reductions to $24 billion and $4.2 billion, respectively. The president’s budget, however, was drafted prior to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018  being signed into law last week.  Consequently, his…

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

Where we’ve been: attending the February NINDS advisory council meeting

  The National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke held its advisory council meeting on Feb. 1. NINDS Director Walter Koroshetz provided institute updates and a primer for an extended discussion on the Next Generation of Researchers Initiative scheduled for the advisory council meeting in May. Institute program directors proposed funding opportunities to facilitate new methods of training basic researchers with translational focuses, increasing diversity at the professoriate level, as well as revisions to the institute’s special council review policy….

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Science policy weekly roundup: February 9, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: February 9, 2018

The ASBMB issues a statement on the passage of budget deal After Congress passed a two-year budget deal that would raise caps on nondefense discretionary spending by $130 billion, ASBMB Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb issued a statement praising the bill. Read more here.   Congress reaches bipartisan budget deal after brief government shutdown Congress passed its bipartisan budget deal early Friday morning, preventing a government shutdown from taking full effect. The two-year omnibus spending package authorizes a nearly $300…

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Episode 5 of Pipettes and Politics is available ?>

Episode 5 of Pipettes and Politics is available

In the latest episode of science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics,” the ASBMB public affairs staff discusses the recently passed bipartisan budget deal and its potential effects on the science community. Science policy analyst André Porter examines the new policy guidelines from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation regarding sexual harassment in the lab and at meetings. Porter also discusses the release of the National Science Board’s policy companion statement to its 2018 Science and Engineering…

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Science policy roundup: January 26, 2018 ?>

Science policy roundup: January 26, 2018

Fourth episode of “Pipettes and Politics” is available The ASBMB public affairs staff has released its fourth episode of the science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics.” In this episode, we discuss the recent government shutdown and its effect on research; provide some agency policy updates; and highlight ASBMB’s upcoming public affairs events. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud. Where we’ve been: Attending the January NIGMS advisory council meeting ASBMB Science Policy Analyst André Porter summarizes the advisory council meeting for…

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Where we’ve been: attending the January 2018 NIGMS advisory council meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: attending the January 2018 NIGMS advisory council meeting

  The first National Institute of General Medical Sciences advisory council meeting of 2018 was convened on Jan. 18-19, with an open session on Jan. 19.  Jon Lorsch, director of the NIGMS, provided an update on the institute’s reorganization and the National Institutes of Health’s data science strategic plan. The director’s report was followed by presentations from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology on its newly released report on Maximizing Shared Research Resource and James Onken on the…

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