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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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“Pipettes and Politics” Episode 4 ?>

“Pipettes and Politics” Episode 4

The ASBMB’s science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics, has released its fourth episode. Prior to discussing the three-day government shutdown, the ASBMB public affairs staff discuss the National Institute of Health’s decision to delay implementation of new human research subject policies; the current status of the NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative; and the restructuring of the Department of Energy. Lastly, the episode covers the events leading to the federal government shutdown, the detrimental effects of shutdown to the research enterprise,…

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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: January 5, 2018 ?>

Science Policy Weekly Roundup: January 5, 2018

Budget talks continue as Democrats and Republicans refuse to compromise After passing a continuing resolution to temporarily fund the U.S. government until mid-January, Republican and Democratic leaders met with members of the White House to discuss a budget deal. It is unclear whether a compromise will soon be reached, as the list of demands from Democrats has increased. Along with a legislative fix for immigrants who are protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Democrats want any increase in…

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Science policy weekly roundup: December 22, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: December 22, 2017

The National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director discusses strategies to support the next generation of researchers Science Policy Analyst André Porter summarizes discussions about how to best support the next generation of researchers at the meeting of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director. While the NIH has remained committed to supporting young researchers, effective strategies have remained elusive. A possible third iteration of new policies may be introduced in 2018, as the NIH struggles to satisfy…

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Where we’ve been: Attending the fall NIH advisory committee to the director meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: Attending the fall NIH advisory committee to the director meeting

  The National Institutes of Health’s Advisory Committee to the Director met last week to provide updates on the NIH’s activities to increase diversity, efforts to ensure scientific rigor, implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, efforts to support the next generation of researchers, and efforts to optimize administration at the agency. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provided written comments to the committee prior to the commencement of the ACD convening. The ASBMB urged the NIH to…

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“Pipettes and Politics” Episode 3 ?>

“Pipettes and Politics” Episode 3

  The ASBMB has released its third episode of its science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics.” This episode begins with a summary of hearings held to update Congress on the progress of the 21st Century Cures Act. In his testimony to the U.S. House and Senate, National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins emphasized his agency’s commitment to support the next generation of researchers. The ASBMB has responded to the NIH’s blueprint, the Next Generation Researchers Initiative, and its now-scuttled plan, the Grants Support Index….

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Science Policy Roundup: December 8, 2017 ?>

Science Policy Roundup: December 8, 2017

ASBMB members urge Congress to remove graduate student tax from the final tax reform effort So far, 1,013 ASBMB members have sent 3,106 letters to 369 members of Congress in a push to ensure that the repeal of the graduate student tuition tax waiver does not make it onto the final tax reform bill. The bill is in conference committee, as the House and Senate negotiators are amending the legislation to ensure passage through both chambers. Take action here. Episode…

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For members, by members ?>

For members, by members

  In the October issue of ASBMB Today, Rick Page, a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee, provided an overview of the PAACs meetings with leaders at the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation in the spring. View the article here. Below are additional highlights from the agency meetings. National Institute of General Medical Sciences Update on the R35 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award program NIGMS officials expect to reach…

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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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