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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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Encourage Congress to support legislation to engage, support veterans in STEM ?>

Encourage Congress to support legislation to engage, support veterans in STEM

The first piece of legislation for which we’re advocating during our spring campaign is the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act, also known as S. 153. This bipartisan bill, introduced in January by Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., recognizes that veterans possess technical skills and traits that make them ideal candidates for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The bill directs the National Science Foundation to do more to engage and support veterans. Tell your senator to…

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Science policy weekly roundup: May 17, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 17, 2019

Advocate for STEM education today Join the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s advocacy campaign to increase support for and access to STEM education and training. Take a few minutes to urge your lawmakers to co-sponsor three bills that support STEM. Send letters now using our templates. Four days left to apply for the ASBMB Advocacy Training Program The deadline to submit your application for the ASBMB Advocacy Training Program is 5 p.m. Eastern on Monday, May 20. This six-month…

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Science policy weekly roundup: May 10, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 10, 2019

NSF garners bipartisan support for the agency’s FY2020 budget Members of the U.S. Congress on both sides of the aisle praised the National Science Foundation’s role in supporting the American economy, health, and national security during a congressional budget hearing on Tuesday. Both Democrats and Republicans signaled that the agency’s fiscal year 2020 proposed budget will be increased, despite President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut the NSF budget by 12 percent. Read more here [link to our NSF budget blog,…

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Where we’ve been: Attending the NSF FY2020 budget hearing ?>

Where we’ve been: Attending the NSF FY2020 budget hearing

National Science Foundation Director France Córdova testified Tuesday before the U.S. House subcommittee on research and technology. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the agency, concerns about foreign espionage in science and the NSF’s STEM education initiatives were discussed. Bipartisan support for increased NSF budget Subcommittee members on both sides of the aisle agreed on the importance of funding the NSF. They criticized Trump’s proposed 12 percent cut of $900 million to the science agency for fiscal year 2020. In…

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