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Episode 13 of Pipettes and Politics is available ?>

Episode 13 of Pipettes and Politics is available

  Episode 13 of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics,” is now available. In this episode, ASBMB Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb provides an update on the fiscal year 2020 appropriations process. Corb also highlights the impact of continuing resolutions on federally funded academic research and the potential stalling effects of recent developments in politics. Listen to this episode on Soundcloud, iTunes or Stitcher. Follow your Pipettes & Politics host on Twitter and share your thoughts…

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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: September 13, 2019 ?>

Science Policy Weekly Roundup: September 13, 2019

  The National Science Board releases report on U.S. “Skilled Technical Workforce” The National Science Board this week released recommendations to address workforce demands raised in the 2017 National Academies report “Building America’s Skilled Technical Workforce.”  The NSB recommendations include changing public perceptions of technical science and engineering careers, increasing publicly available data on education and skill requirements, capitalizing on ongoing federal investments within industries that rely on technical workers, and establishing pathways, beginning in K-12, to post-secondary education to…

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Science policy weekly roundup: July 26, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: July 26, 2019

Tell your Senators to support the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology urges you to spend one minute and send an email to your U.S. Senator to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019. The bill includes a two-year agreement to lift the budget caps put in place since 2011 and allows the U.S. to raise its debt ceiling to pay off its debts. The bill, which passed the house on Thursday, also…

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Science policy weekly roundup: July 19, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: July 19, 2019

Where we’ve been: attending the House hearing on scientific integrity The U.S. House science committee had a hearing on scientific integrity on Wednesday to discuss ways to prevent suppression and manipulation of scientific findings generated by government scientists. Committee members focused on House Bill 1709, the Scientific Integrity Act, which would codify policies at scientific agencies to prevent censorship and alteration of research data. Read more here. NSF outlines effort to prevent research espionage The National Science Foundation released a…

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Science policy weekly roundup: July 12, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: July 12, 2019

White House science office creates committee to tackle U.S. research enterprise problems The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced in May that it will create an interagency committee to address issues facing researchers, such as increasing rigor and reproducibility, preventing foreign espionage and addressing gender and sexual harassment. The committee will include leaders from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy. Read more here. Merit review panels exempt from Trump order to…

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Merit review panels exempt from Trump order to reduce federal advisory committees ?>

Merit review panels exempt from Trump order to reduce federal advisory committees

President Donald Trump issued an executive order on June 14 to limit the number of federal advisory committees in the federal government.  The Executive Order on Evaluating and Improving the Utility of Federal Advisory Committee requires each executive department and agency to terminate one-third of its committees by Sept. 30. The order also states that no agency can create a new advisory committee if the agency already has 350 or more advisory committees in place. None of the agencies we…

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House passes fiscal 2020 funding bill package to fund NSF, NIH and DOE ?>

House passes fiscal 2020 funding bill package to fund NSF, NIH and DOE

The U.S. House passed a package of funding bills for fiscal year 2020 on June 25 that provides $41.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health, an increase of $2 billion from fiscal 2019 and $6.9 billion above President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. The bill funds the Department of Energy Office of Science at $6.87 billion, a $285 million increase. The bill also gives the National Science Foundation $8.45 billion, a $561.1 million boost.   The bill includes funding for…

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White House science office creates committee to tackle U.S. research enterprise problems ?>

White House science office creates committee to tackle U.S. research enterprise problems

  The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced in May the formation of an interagency committee tasked with addressing a number of issues troubling the American research enterprise.  The committee’s priorities are reducing administrative burden, increasing rigor and reproducibility, increasing the participation of underrepresented groups, preventing gender and sexual harassment, and safeguarding intellectual property from foreign competitors and influence. The committee will be co-chaired by OSTP Director Kelvin Droegemeier, National Science Foundation Director France Córdova, National Institutes…

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Help increase transparency for federal programs aimed at broadening STEM participation ?>

Help increase transparency for federal programs aimed at broadening STEM participation

The final bill that we are highlighting during our spring advocacy campaign is the STEM Research and Education Effectiveness and Transparency Act, or H.R. 627. Click here to participate. While many STEM trainees receive support through federally funded education programs, the bulk are funded through federal research project grants. Indeed, in 2016, the U.S. government funded $2.9 billion in STEM education programs but spent $38 billion on research at institutions of higher education. The National Science Foundation alone supported 362,000…

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Advocacy Spotlight: Alanna Condren, doctoral candidate and science advocate ?>

Advocacy Spotlight: Alanna Condren, doctoral candidate and science advocate

This week we are highlighting the STEM Opportunities Act, or H.R. 2528, for the ASBMB’s spring advocacy campaign. First introduced in 2017 under the same name, the STEM Opportunities Act, sponsored by Eddie Johnson, D-Texas, directs federal agencies and academic institutions that conduct and support scientific research to develop strategies to better involve the nation’s full talent pool and increase the retention of underrepresented groups and women. ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, talked to Alanna Condren about her perspectives on…

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