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Science Policy Roundup: December 8, 2017 ?>

Science Policy Roundup: December 8, 2017

ASBMB members urge Congress to remove graduate student tax from the final tax reform effort So far, 1,013 ASBMB members have sent 3,106 letters to 369 members of Congress in a push to ensure that the repeal of the graduate student tuition tax waiver does not make it onto the final tax reform bill. The bill is in conference committee, as the House and Senate negotiators are amending the legislation to ensure passage through both chambers. Take action here. Episode…

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Science Policy Roundup: December 1, 2017 ?>

Science Policy Roundup: December 1, 2017

How the U.S. Senate and House tax bills compare Science Policy Analyst André Porter compares the effects of the GOP tax bills on scientists and the research community. While both bills are from the Republican Party, the House and Senate bills widely differ in how they would affect science research. Read more here.   Graduate students protest against GOP House tax bill Graduate students from 40 universities joined a nationwide walkout in protest of the GOP House tax bill, which…

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Science policy roundup: Nov. 17, 2017 ?>

Science policy roundup: Nov. 17, 2017

The ASBMB debuts first episode of “Pipettes and Politics” The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has released a science policy podcast titled “Pipettes and Politics.” Hosted by the public affairs department, the podcast discusses politics and policies that affect the science community. The first episode considers the ramifications of the U.S. House of Representatives’ tax proposal to eliminate tuition waivers for graduate students. Listen here.   National Science Board addresses skilled technical workforce issue ASBMB Science Policy Analyst…

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Science policy roundup: November 10, 2017 ?>

Science policy roundup: November 10, 2017

Elimination of tuition waiver in GOP tax plan would adversely affect graduate students U.S. House GOP leaders released the legislative text of their tax plan this week. The proposal allows tuition that is usually waived by the university to be taxable, drastically increasing the tax liability of many graduate students. The ASBMB has released a statement opposing the proposed legislation as written. The Senate recently published an outline of its tax bill, which contains key differences to the House bill….

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Science policy roundup, November 3, 2017 ?>

Science policy roundup, November 3, 2017

  Addressing diversity In August, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences requested feedback from the community on the potential impacts of changing the funding vehicle for some of the institute’s undergraduate and predoctoral diversity programs. Read a recap of the ASBMB’s feedback here.   Chair of the House Science Committee retires U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, will not to seek reelection in 2018.  Smith long has been at odds with the scientific community. As chairman of the House Science,…

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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 20, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: October 20, 2017

  What’s new in blotter news? The upcoming deadline of multiple science policy fellowships prompted my latest blog post with tips on how to apply for these opportunities. Read more here.   Jon Marcus of The Atlantic writes about the decline of public universities, focusing on the Midwest. Research universities that receive federal funding from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies are vital hubs for local economies, supporting thousands of jobs, spawning many new businesses, and protecting cities…

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Science policy weekly news update: October 13, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: October 13, 2017

What’s new in blotter news? ASBMB Science Policy Analyst André Porter discusses the National Science Foundation Directorate for Biological Science’s announcement that it will eliminate proposal deadlines in 2018 for a majority of its grants. Read more here.   U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., introduced a bill that would change the formula used by the NSF Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, known as EPSCoR for short, to help states with little federal research funding secure more research grants. 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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Science policy weekly news update: September 29, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: September 29, 2017

  What’s new in Blotter News Policy analyst André Porter discusses President Donald Trump’s memorandum directing $200 million a year to the Department of Education for STEM and computer science instruction. This memo stands in contrast with the administration’s earlier proposal to cut $9.2 billion from the Department of Education budget. President Trump’s first STEM education memo avoids increased federal funding by securing short-term private investments   Senate Republicans this week failed once again to gather 50 votes to approve…

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