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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: February 16, 2018 ?>

Science Policy Weekly Roundup: February 16, 2018

ASBMB responds to President Donald Trump’s FY19 budget The Trump administration’s FY19 budget originally called for deep cuts for the NIH and the NSF. However, in response to the congressional budget deal that will infuse billions of dollars to the federal budget, the Office of Management and Budget walked back the cuts and instead proposed flat funding levels for those agencies. The administration’s original intent to reduce the NIH and NSF budgets demonstrate that the research enterprise is not a…

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Science policy weekly roundup: February 9, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: February 9, 2018

The ASBMB issues a statement on the passage of budget deal After Congress passed a two-year budget deal that would raise caps on nondefense discretionary spending by $130 billion, ASBMB Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb issued a statement praising the bill. Read more here.   Congress reaches bipartisan budget deal after brief government shutdown Congress passed its bipartisan budget deal early Friday morning, preventing a government shutdown from taking full effect. The two-year omnibus spending package authorizes a nearly $300…

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Science policy roundup – February 2, 2018 ?>

Science policy roundup – February 2, 2018

The ASBMB co-hosts Capitol Hill briefing how NSF fueled breakthrough genetic discoveries The ASBMB, with the American Chemical Society, hosted a briefing for congressional staffers on the National Science Foundation’s role in supporting the discovery of CRISPR, a breakthrough genetic pathway and gene editing tool. The panel featured Berkeley scientists Jennifer Doudna and David Schaffer, and NSF acting assistant director of biological sciences Joanne Tornow. The panelists stressed the importance of investing in fundamental scientific research that can lead to…

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Science policy roundup: January 26, 2018 ?>

Science policy roundup: January 26, 2018

Fourth episode of “Pipettes and Politics” is available The ASBMB public affairs staff has released its fourth episode of the science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics.” In this episode, we discuss the recent government shutdown and its effect on research; provide some agency policy updates; and highlight ASBMB’s upcoming public affairs events. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud. Where we’ve been: Attending the January NIGMS advisory council meeting ASBMB Science Policy Analyst André Porter summarizes the advisory council meeting for…

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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: January 12, 2018   ?>

Science Policy Weekly Roundup: January 12, 2018  

  Government shutdown threat grows as Democrats and conservatives dig in The continuing resolution funding the federal government expires on Jan. 19, and negotiations for a bipartisan budget deal remain difficult. Democrats are tying budget negotiations to an immigration deal that would provide protections to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Passing another continuing resolution to temporarily fund the government for another month also may prove challenging. These temporary funding strategies prevent federal agencies like…

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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: January 5, 2018 ?>

Science Policy Weekly Roundup: January 5, 2018

Budget talks continue as Democrats and Republicans refuse to compromise After passing a continuing resolution to temporarily fund the U.S. government until mid-January, Republican and Democratic leaders met with members of the White House to discuss a budget deal. It is unclear whether a compromise will soon be reached, as the list of demands from Democrats has increased. Along with a legislative fix for immigrants who are protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Democrats want any increase in…

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Science policy weekly roundup: December 22, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: December 22, 2017

The National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director discusses strategies to support the next generation of researchers Science Policy Analyst André Porter summarizes discussions about how to best support the next generation of researchers at the meeting of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director. While the NIH has remained committed to supporting young researchers, effective strategies have remained elusive. A possible third iteration of new policies may be introduced in 2018, as the NIH struggles to satisfy…

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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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