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Science policy weekly roundup: October 12, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: October 12, 2018

Proposed bill to study sexual harassment in science Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, introduced a bill Oct. 5 to study factors that contribute to sexual harassment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, and how harassment affects the scientific community. The proposed bill would give the National Science Foundation funding to support studies that develop and assess policies and interventions, and would create an interagency working group to coordinate these efforts. Read more here.   Columbia University postdocs vote to…

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Science policy weekly roundup: September 28, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: September 28, 2018

Where we’ve been: Attending the NSF BIO advisory meeting Science Policy Analyst André Porter provides an update from last week’s National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Biological Sciences Advisory Committee meeting. NSF officials discussed several issues affecting the directorate, including the elimination of submission deadlines, efforts to support mid-career researchers, and recently released sexual harassment policies.  Read more here.   U.S. House passes funding bill to give NIH $2 billion boost The U.S. House voted Wednesday to pass a spending package…

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Where we’ve been: attending the September Biological Sciences Directorate advisory committee meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: attending the September Biological Sciences Directorate advisory committee meeting

  The National Science Foundation’s Biological Sciences directorate held its biannual advisory committee meeting this month.  Agency officials provided an update on the directorate’s elimination of submission deadlines, new efforts to support mid-career researchers, agency wide initiatives and plans for future investments. Highlights from the meeting are below. Update on elimination of deadlines for core programs The directorate has eliminated application deadlines for its core grants.  While the directorate has developed scenarios for how it will handle peer review, long-term…

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Science policy weekly roundup: September 21, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: September 21, 2018

The ASBMB PAAC responds to NIH statement addressing sexual harassment in science The ASBMB PAAC released a statement in response to the NIH’s latest statement regarding sexual harassment in science. The PAAC urged the NIH to define how the agency will respond to violations of sexual harassment policies at NIH-funded institutions. Read the statement here.   U.S. Senate passes spending bill that increases NIH budget by $2 billion The Senate voted 93-7 on Sept. 18 to pass an $854 billion…

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National Science Foundation releases new sexual harassment policy ?>

National Science Foundation releases new sexual harassment policy

  The National Science Foundation released a new policy on Sept. 21 to address sexual harassment by personnel working on NSF-funded projects. The policy requires grantee institutions to report to the NSF within 10 business days any findings related to sexual harassment, other forms of harassment or sexual assault by principal investigators and co-PIs on NSF-funded projects. Upon notification, the NSF will evaluate the safety of other personnel and any impact to NSF-funded activities. The NSF may then substitute or…

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Science policy weekly roundup: Sept. 7, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: Sept. 7, 2018

FDA says Trump administration’s limits on foreign hires hinders recruiting power According to Melanie Keller, acting associate commissioner for scientific and clinical recruitment at the Food and Drug Administration, limits on foreign hires placed by the Trump administration have hampered the regulatory agency’s ability to attract top scientists. The policy, implemented in August 2017, requires the FDA to hire candidates who have lived in the U.S. for three of the past five years. Read more here.   Trump walks back…

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The ASBMB supports Trump nominee to lead Office of Science and Technology Policy ?>

The ASBMB supports Trump nominee to lead Office of Science and Technology Policy

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology supports U.S. President Donald Trump’s nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier to be the next director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Droegemeier, a meteorologist specializing in extreme weather, would be the first person to lead the office since Trump’s inauguration. Other OSTP positions also have remained vacant since Trump took office more than 19 months ago. The OSTP was reportedly staffed by only 35 employees…

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Science policy weekly roundup: July 13, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: July 13, 2018

The NSF launches STEM education advisory panel The National Science Foundation announced the formation of an 18-member STEM education advisory panel to promote U.S. innovation in science and technology education. The panel will assess the Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education, a group of federal organizations that aims to support and improve the U.S. STEM community. Read more here.     Payments to FDA panelists by pharmaceutical companies highlight possible ethics breach Reporters from Science magazine have found…

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Science policy weekly roundup: June 22, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: June 22, 2018

Episode 10 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available In the latest episode of ASBMB science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics,” public affairs staff members discuss the appropriations process for fiscal year 2019, how the National Academies of Science and the National Institutes of Health are proposing to reduce sexual harassment in science, and NIH recommendations to assist the next generation of researchers. Listen here.   Science agencies poised for budget boost for FY19 The U.S. House appropriations committees have given…

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Episode 10 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available. ?>

Episode 10 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available.

Episode 10 of the ASBMB science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics” is now available. ASBMB public affairs staff members provide updates on the U.S. House and Senate fiscal year 2019 budget proposals for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy Office of Science. Staff members also talk about the discussions at the NIH Advisory Council meetings regarding its draft recommendations to address the next generation of researchers and the NIH’s response to reducing…

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