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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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Science policy weekly roundup: June 21, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: June 21, 2019

Members of Congress question use of nonhuman primates in research Members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a provision in the fiscal year 2020 funding bill to increase oversight of nonhuman primate use in research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  The legislation mandates that the NIH and FDA report how its scientists are using nonhuman primates in their research. While animal rights advocates support this policy, scientists are worried that…

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Science policy weekly roundup: June 14, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: June 14, 2019

NIH group suggests how to address sexual harassment A working group on sexual harassment in science presented recommendations to the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director on Thursday to combat sexual harassment at institutions that receive NIH funding. The four recommendations include treating sexual harassment as seriously as research misconduct, requiring institutions tell the NIH about misconduct investigations, providing opportunities for reentry to scientists who have left academia because of harassment, and asking grantees about their misconduct…

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Science policy weekly roundup: June 6, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: June 6, 2019

  Your voice can help broaden America’s STEM workforce The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee is working to advance legislation that will influence the makeup of the nation’s scientific workforce. The STEM Opportunities Act, also known as H.R. 2528, directs federal agencies and universities to mitigate barriers for women and underrepresented minorities seeking to participate in STEM training and careers. Tell your lawmakers to support the bill.   U.S. health agency limits use of human fetal tissue from elective abortions The U.S. Department of…

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Science policy weekly roundup: May 31, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 31, 2019

Urge your elected officials to support legislation to broaden STEM participation The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee is asking you to encourage your elected officials to support legislation to broaden participation by women, military veterans and underrepresented minorities in STEM. Click here to send a letter now.   Advocacy spotlight: William T. Booth II, veteran, scientist and advocate ASBMB Science Policy Analyst André Porter interviews ASBMB member William T. Booth II, a military veteran and…

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Science policy weekly roundup: May 3, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 3, 2019

House subcommittee proposes 2020 budget increase for NIH The U.S. House appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2020, which would increase funding for the National Institutes of Health. If signed into law, the NIH budget will be $41.1 billion, 4% above FY19. Read more here. National Academies OKs amendment to eject sexual harassers In a 95–9 vote, with six abstaining, the National Academies governing council overwhelmingly approved an…

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Science policy weekly roundup: March 15, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: March 15, 2019

White House 2020 budget proposes deep cuts to science President Donald Trump released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 on Monday. The proposal cuts the budgets of the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Department of Energy Office of Science by at least 12 percent. However, the U.S. Congress has rejected Trump’s last two budget proposals and awarded billions to federal science agencies. Read more here. NCI Director Ned Sharpless named acting FDA commissioner National Cancer Institute…

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Science policy weekly roundup: March 8, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: March 8, 2019

First grants are smaller for women who are PIs than for men who are A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that women who are principal investigators receive about $40,000 less in their first grant than men. In a statement, the National Institutes of Health acknowledged it is aware of this disparity and said that it is supporting efforts to address it. Read more here.   U.S. universities respond to NIH request for information regarding foreign ties…

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Science policy weekly roundup: March 1, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: March 1, 2019

ASBMB responds to NIH’s update on efforts to combat sexual harassment in science Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology released a statement in response to the National Institutes of Health’s update on their efforts to address sexual harassment in science. While the NIH has been slow to address harassment, the update provides some small steps that the agency plans to take to combat harassment in NIH-funded labs.  Read more here.   ASBMB…

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Science policy weekly roundup: February 22, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: February 22, 2019

New parents leave full-time STEM careers A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science reports that more than 40 percent of women and 23 percent of men leave their full-time STEM careers after having a first child. The findings from this eight-year study highlight a contributing factor to the gender imbalance seen in academia and other STEM sectors and the challenges of balancing a career in STEM and raising a family. Read more here.   NIH investigates…

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