The NIH responds to the ASBMB on overtime pay gap

UPDATE:  A federal judge in Texas has blocked the implementation of the new overtime pay requirements, originally set to take effect on December 1, 2016.  U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant III issued a preliminary injunction, blocking the rules implementation nationwide.  The President and Department of Labor have not yet commented. On Nov. 10, the…

NIH offers one-time relief for Kirchstein award pay gap

  Last week, the ASBMB’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee sent a letter on behalf of the society’s members asking that the National Institutes of Health provide direction, best practices and policy changes to help investigators deal with the squeeze that the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule will put on research budgets. Following our request, this…

Appropriations update: 2017 sequestration report

  Congress reconvened Tuesday and will remain in session for four weeks. We expect that lawmakers will pass a continuing resolution to fund the government at least into December. If, by the off chance, lawmakers do not pass a continuing resolution and instead proceed to resolve their differences to pass an actual appropriations bill, we…

Catalyzing graduate education

In April, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences hosted a symposium called “Catalyzing the Modernization of Graduate Education.” The symposium preceded an article written by NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch and colleagues outlining graduate education issues and featuring potential solutions from innovative programs. ASBMB Education and Professional Development Manager Erica Siebrasse participated in the event.…

NIH proposes stipend increase for Kirschstein awards in late 2016

  On Monday, the National Institutes of Health proposed increasing the Kirchstein postdoc fellowship stipend in late 2016. As we previously reported here, the U.S. Department of Labor earlier this year revised its paid overtime rule.  The revision sets the new salary threshold for employees eligible for overtime at $47,476 per year, a much-needed increase…

NIH lifts funding ban on human chimera research

The National Institutes of Health on Thursday announced that it will fund human-animal chimera research – but with restrictions. Last year the NIH released notice NOT-OD-15-158, which effectively stalled all new NIH-funded research in which human stem cells were being introduced into nonhuman vertebrate embryos.   While human cells have been routinely inserted into animals (such…

Appropriations Update – House making progress

Last month, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal 2017 appropriations bill for Labor, Health and Human Services and Related Agencies, the spending bill that provides annual funding for the National Institutes of Health.  Don’t remember the details from that bill?  You can click here for our coverage, but the bottom line is the Senate…

The NIH updates its parental leave policy for Kirschstein awardees

  The National Institutes of Health’s Health Resources and Services Administration last month modified the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Awards’ parental leave policy, making all award recipients eligible for leave regardless of grantee organizations’ internal policies for individuals in similar positions. Notice NOT-OD-16-105 said: Current policy allows trainees on institutional research training grants (T32, T34,…