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Science policy weekly roundup: August 31, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: August 31, 2018

Senate committee holds hearing on nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier to head OSTP Science Policy Analyst André Porter discusses last week’s U.S. Senate committee hearing to nominate Kelvin Droegemeier to lead the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Several senators asked the nominee about how he would ensure that scientific evidence would be taken seriously by the administration. Droegemeier, a meteorologist, also side-stepped questions regarding whether humans were responsible for climate change. Read more here.   Elizabeth Warren raises concern about…

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Sen. Warren, D-Mass., raises concern about private funding to the NIH ?>

Sen. Warren, D-Mass., raises concern about private funding to the NIH

When National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins testified before a U.S. Senate committee last week about prioritizing cures, most senators asked him about how research is progressing on specific diseases. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, however, raised questions about the role of the Foundation for the NIH in soliciting private dollars to fund NIH studies. Established by Congress in 1990, the FNIH is a nonprofit that solicits donations from companies and other organizations to help…

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Science policy weekly roundup: August 24, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: August 24, 2018

  What do you think about NIH efforts to support next generation of researchers? The National Institutes of Health is proposing recommendations to support the next generation of researchers, and we at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology want to know what you think. We will collect your feedback and send it to the NIH. Submit your opinion and view a timeline of the ASBMB’s involvement here. U.S. Senate passes NIH appropriations bill In an 85-7 vote on…

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Science policy weekly roundup: August 17, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: August 17, 2018

  Congress struggles to pass funding bills as deadline looms Back from its abridged recess, the U.S. Senate is back to work on a set of bills to fund the majority of the federal government. While senators hope to keep their funding bills free of polarizing measures, several provisions in the House bill are being opposed by House Democrats. Additionally, President Donald Trump has threatened to veto any budget that excludes significant funding for a southern border wall. These significant…

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Science policy weekly roundup: August 10, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: August 10, 2018

Members of Congress urge NIH to take action to stop sexual harassment in science U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., sent a letter Monday to the National Institutes of Health requesting a briefing about how the agency is addressing sexual harassment in science. The lawmakers’ letter asked NIH officials to provide information about its sexual harassment policy, relevant working groups or task forces, and the number of harassment settlements that occurred in NIH-supported facilities. Read the…

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The ASBMB supports Trump nominee to lead Office of Science and Technology Policy ?>

The ASBMB supports Trump nominee to lead Office of Science and Technology Policy

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology supports U.S. President Donald Trump’s nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier to be the next director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Droegemeier, a meteorologist specializing in extreme weather, would be the first person to lead the office since Trump’s inauguration. Other OSTP positions also have remained vacant since Trump took office more than 19 months ago. The OSTP was reportedly staffed by only 35 employees…

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Science policy weekly roundup: July 27, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: July 27, 2018

U.S. Congress set to fund government well before fiscal deadline In a move surprising veteran federal budget watchers, the U.S. Senate is on track to pass a bill to fund both the military and a large swath of domestic programs, including the National Institutes of Health. Senate leaders are prioritizing the bill, hoping to avert another government shutdown in October, ahead of this year’s November midterm elections. Read more here.   U.S. House committee holds hearing on implementation of 21st…

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Science policy weekly roundup: July 20, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: July 20, 2018

Episode 11 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available In the latest episode of the ASBMB science policy podcast, public affairs staff members provide updates on the fiscal year 2019 Labor Health and Human Services appropriations. Staff members also discuss the society’s August is for Advocacy annual campaign and recap the society’s response to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ request for input on how to increase faculty diversity. Mary Woolley, president and chief executive officer for Research!America, joins the…

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Science policy weekly roundup: July 6, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: July 6, 2018

Commentary: PAAC member Tricia Serio on how to stop faculty sexual abuse Tricia Serio, dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, published an opinion piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education with recommendations for how universities can stop the cycle of faculty sexual abuse. Serio, a member of the Public Affairs Advisory Committee of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, runs a project called Speak Your Story that documents sexism at…

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Science policy weekly roundup: June 22, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: June 22, 2018

Episode 10 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available In the latest episode of ASBMB science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics,” public affairs staff members discuss the appropriations process for fiscal year 2019, how the National Academies of Science and the National Institutes of Health are proposing to reduce sexual harassment in science, and NIH recommendations to assist the next generation of researchers. Listen here.   Science agencies poised for budget boost for FY19 The U.S. House appropriations committees have given…

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