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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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Science Policy news weekly update: September 15, 2017 ?>

Science Policy news weekly update: September 15, 2017

  The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a comprehensive measure Sept. 7 that includes $15 billion for Hurricane Harvey aid, a continuing resolution to fund the government until December, and an increase in the debt ceiling that also would need to be raised by the end of the year. The U.S. House passed the bill one day later, and President Donald Trump signed the bill into law that same day. Congress must once again raise the debt ceiling and pass a…

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Science Policy news weekly update: August 14, 2017 ?>

Science Policy news weekly update: August 14, 2017

  What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB has been providing feedback to the National Institutes of Health regarding its Next Generation Researchers Initiative. The ASBMB provides feedback regarding the NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative   Science Policy Analyst Andre Porter discusses the White House memo with its priorities for research and development to guide federal funding. President Trump releases his research and development priorities for FY19   A recent National Academies of Science report stated that the American biomedical…

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Science policy news weekly update: July 14, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: July 14, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. This week, the House Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations subcommittee released a draft fiscal 2018 spending bill, which included a $1.1 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health. This increase would result in a 3 percent increase to the NIH’s budget for FY18, raising the total budget to $35.2 billion. Included in this…

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Science policy news weekly update: July 7, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: July 7, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. President Donald Trump called for significant cuts to key science funding agencies in his 2018 budget proposal. However, almost immediately after its release, there was bipartisan opposition from lawmakers against the proposed cuts. Last week, U.S. House of Representatives appropriators advanced a half-dozen 2018 budget bills that largely ignored the president’s proposals, instead choosing to…

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Science policy news weekly update: June 30, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: June 30, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org.   The $2 billion increase Congress gave the National Institutes of Health for fiscal 2017 was widely considered a victory for the bioscience community. However, despite two consecutive years of funding increases, longstanding practices at research institutions across the U.S. threatens to undermine national support for scientific funding. The main problem is the “publish or…

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Science policy news weekly update: June 23, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: June 23, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, provides an overview of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on the National institutes of Health budget request for fiscal 2018. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing: Review of the FY18 NIH budget request   In late May, the Food…

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Science policy news weekly update: June 16, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: June 16, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org.   A new study, published in JCI Insight by a team at the University of Michigan, examined America’s standing as the global leader in biomedical research output and funding. The study found that over the past 15 years, U.S. scientists have produced significantly more biomedical research publications and received more research and development funding than…

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