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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 10, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 10, 2019

NSF garners bipartisan support for the agency’s FY2020 budget Members of the U.S. Congress on both sides of the aisle praised the National Science Foundation’s role in supporting the American economy, health, and national security during a congressional budget hearing on Tuesday. Both Democrats and Republicans signaled that the agency’s fiscal year 2020 proposed budget will be increased, despite President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut the NSF budget by 12 percent. Read more here [link to our NSF budget blog,…

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At Department of Energy advisory council meeting, ASBMB comments on foreign influence and espionage ?>

At Department of Energy advisory council meeting, ASBMB comments on foreign influence and espionage

During the Department of Energy’s Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Council meeting on April 25, Steve Binkley, deputy director of the DOE Office of Science, discussed new DOE policies to decrease foreign influence and espionage related to the agency’s supported research and national labs. Since August, the U.S. Congress has pushed the DOE and other federal science agencies to issue new policies to reduce foreign espionage and rampant intellectual property theft by other countries. U.S. scientists are increasingly worried that…

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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: January 4, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: January 4, 2019

NIH advisory committee meets to discuss issues affecting science community The National Institutes of Health’s Advisory Committee to the Director met on Dec. 13 to provide updates on the agency’s policies that address sexual harassment in science, discuss recommendations to support the Next Generation of Researchers Initiative, and examine efforts to address foreign influence on the U.S. research enterprise. Read more here.   Droegemeier approved to direct White House OSTP Kelvin Droegemeier, nominee for the director of the White House…

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Science policy weekly roundup: December 14, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: December 14, 2018

Partial government shutdown likely as negotiations falter During a testy exchange with Democratic congressional leaders this week, President Donald Trump threatened a government shutdown if a spending bill to fund parts of the government did not include at least $5 billion for a U.S.–Mexico border wall. Lawmakers, many of whom have already left Washington, D.C., for winter recess, have until Dec. 21 to pass a funding bill to keep the government open.  Read more here.   U.S. Congress holds hearing on…

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Science policy weekly roundup: November 30, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: November 30, 2018

Critics pounce on scientist’s claim of using CRISPR on human embryos A firestorm of criticism ensued after Chinese scientist He Jiankui’s claim that he used CRISPR to genetically alter the DNA of human embryos that were used to produce twin girls. Chinese authorities have suspended Jiankui’s research, while National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins called for a “binding international consensus” on regulating gene editing. Read more here.   Trump prioritizes border wall funding in latest budget negotiations President Donald…

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