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ASBMB joins the Energy Sciences Coalition to advocate for the Department of Energy Office of Science ?>

ASBMB joins the Energy Sciences Coalition to advocate for the Department of Energy Office of Science

The ASBMB recently joined the Energy Sciences Coalition, a group of universities, professional societies and institutes that support the Department of Energy Office of Science. Similar to the Coalition for Health Funding that supports the National Institutes of Health, the ESC advocates to Congress on behalf of the DOE-SC, hosting congressional briefings on the Hill, organizing webinars and coordinating Hill Days with coalition partners. The DOE-SC, which supports physics to atmospheric sciences to genomic research, houses particle accelerators, computing centers,…

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Science policy weekly news update: October 27, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: October 27, 2017

  Standardizing postdoc titles Eight scientists and science policy experts with ties to the ASBMB published an opinion article in the journal eLife this week making the case that what we call postdoctoral researchers really does matter. Read the ASBMB announcement and the eLife article.   What is next for the March for Science? It has been six months since the March for Science, a global event uniting hundreds of thousands of scientists from around the world to highlight the…

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What we call postdoctoral researchers matters, scientists say ?>

What we call postdoctoral researchers matters, scientists say

  ROCKVILLE, MD. – In an opinion piece in the journal eLife, eight scientists and science policy experts make the case for standardizing how postdoctoral researchers are categorized by human resources offices and provide a framework that willing institutions can follow. The authors argue that the widespread use of inconsistent titles for researchers who’ve earned Ph.D.s and hold temporary research positions, primarily at academic institutions, makes tracking their progress difficult and counting them simply impossible. What’s more, the authors say, different…

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The NIH responds to the ASBMB on overtime pay gap ?>

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 National Institutes of Health responded to the ASBMB’s request for guidance regarding the implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. The ASBMB…

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NIH offers one-time relief for Kirchstein award pay gap ?>

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 week the NIH released notice NOT-OD-17-002, which announces a one-time supplemental funding allowance for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards. This allowance should help…

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