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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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Science policy weekly news update: October 6, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: October 6, 2017

  News from the Hill in ASBMB Today ASBMB Public Affairs Director Ben Corb discusses President Donald Trump’s “science problem.” Read more here. ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee member Rick Page describes meetings with the NIH and NSF,  advocating on behalf of ASBMB. Read more here.   What’s new in Blotter news? I wrote an article detailing the local congressional meetings by our grassroots advocacy network members. Read more here.   Don Wright, former director of the Office of Disease…

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The March for Science is over. What now? ?>

The March for Science is over. What now?

  ASBMB launches Grassroots Science Advocacy Network This weekend, champions for science across the world organized in an unprecedented way to advocate for the importance of scientific research, education and funding. .@ASBMB members are at #ScienceMarch showing support for evidence-based policy decisions and sci workforce diversity & inclusion. #ExpBio pic.twitter.com/LyJnqNUKcJ — ASBMB (@ASBMB) April 22, 2017 The March for Science suffered many bumps and bruises during its development, especially with regard to diversity and inclusion.  News of organizational upheavals also…

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Statement from the ASBMB on its commitment to diversity and inclusion upon the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States ?>

Statement from the ASBMB on its commitment to diversity and inclusion upon the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is committed to ensuring a diverse, inclusive and supportive environment in which scientists can make the important breakthroughs that will improve the health and quality of life of people across the world. During the 2016 presidential election, we heard harsh rhetoric  that caused great concern among those in our diverse community. Since the election of Donald Trump as president-elect, we have seen violence and other hate-inspired acts that make members of our…

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Attention grad students and postdocs: Enter the ASBMB Science Advocacy Video Contest ?>

Attention grad students and postdocs: Enter the ASBMB Science Advocacy Video Contest

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee wants to know what science advocacy means to you! We invite you to submit a video essay telling us about your advocacy experience in your own words. What to highlight in your science advocacy video? Any meaningful science advocacy experience is welcome, but here are some ideas: How did you overcome hurdles to science advocacy? How has advocacy helped you network? What has been the impact on your career? What is fun about science…

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Advocacy Spotlight: Bob Matthews ?>

Advocacy Spotlight: Bob Matthews

This week public affairs is excited to introduce a new feature. ASBMB’s Advocacy Spotlight will highlight the efforts of science advocates to share the importance of biomedical research. If you know someone telling the story of science to legislators to advance science policy, email smartin@asbmb.org, so that we can consider them. Dr. Robert “Bob” Matthews became interested in science-based public service

ASBMB hosts 104 meetings during fall Hill Day ?>

ASBMB hosts 104 meetings during fall Hill Day

On Sept. 9, 20 students and postdoctoral fellows and 13 ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee members representing 30 states conducted 104 meetings with legislators and their staffs. Participants advocated for budget increases to $32 billion for the National Institutes of Health and $7.6 billion for the National Science Foundation. They also discussed other issues affecting the biomedical research community, including improving STEM education, renewing the research and development tax credit, and increasing the number of STEM visas available to foreign-born…

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A day in the life of the ASBMB science policy fellow ?>

A day in the life of the ASBMB science policy fellow

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is accepting applications for its science policy fellowship. If you are an American citizen, will have your Ph.D. before July 1 and are passionate about the intersection of science and public policy, then I strongly suggest you consider this unique position. The one question I get asked the most by prospective applicants is this: “What is your typical day like?” This also happens to be the most difficult question to answer. To…

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ASBMB president, Suzanne Pfeffer, urges congress to support a budget of at least $32 billion for NIH ?>

ASBMB president, Suzanne Pfeffer, urges congress to support a budget of at least $32 billion for NIH

On March 29, ASBMB president, Suzanne Pfeffer, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations subcommittee on labor, health and human services, education and related agencies. Twenty witnesses representing various research, health and education organizations testified in the public hearing before the subcommittee members. Dr. Pfeffer’s testimony highlighted the many contributions basic research has made to improve the health and well-being of our nation. She explained how research on cholesterol has led to the development of new drugs to fight…

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ASBMB Visits Capitol Hill ?>

ASBMB Visits Capitol Hill

On March 15, ASBMB held its annual Student Hill Day, with 16 student and post-doctoral researchers joining with the ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee to advocate on behalf of science.  Participants visited over 60 Capitol Hill offices on both sides of the aisle to extol the need for continued investment in scientific research.  Look for a full report on the day’s events in the April edition of ASBMB Today.  Be sure to also check out the ASBMB Facebook page to…

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