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Science policy weekly roundup: December 7, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: December 7, 2018

Congress passes stopgap funding to prevent partial government shutdown The U.S. Congress passed a two-week stopgap funding bill on Thursday to prevent a partial government shutdown. The deadline to pass seven funding bills to fund several federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, is today. Negotiations have faltered due to disagreements on funding the U.S.–Mexico border wall. Read more here.   HHS denies that it canceled research project involving human fetal tissue The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…

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Science policy weekly roundup: July 13, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: July 13, 2018

The NSF launches STEM education advisory panel The National Science Foundation announced the formation of an 18-member STEM education advisory panel to promote U.S. innovation in science and technology education. The panel will assess the Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education, a group of federal organizations that aims to support and improve the U.S. STEM community. Read more here.     Payments to FDA panelists by pharmaceutical companies highlight possible ethics breach Reporters from Science magazine have found…

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Episode 9 of “Pipettes and Politics” is now available ?>

Episode 9 of “Pipettes and Politics” is now available

Episode 9 of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics,” is available. The ASBMB public affairs staff provides an update on the fiscal year 2019 appropriations, the ASBMB August is for Advocacy campaign, and the progress of the ASBMB Advocacy Training Program. Staff also analyze the recent National Academies report on graduate STEM education for the 21st century. Listen to this episode on Soundcloud, iTunes or Stitcher. References: Request for Information (RFI): Strategies for Enhancing Postdoctoral Career…

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Science policy weekly roundup: February 23, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: February 23, 2018

ASBMB Hill Day applications close next Monday Scientists have until next Monday, Feb. 26, to apply for the ASBMB Student/Postdoc Capitol Hill Day. Selected applicants will attend several meetings with congressional representatives in Washington, D.C in April. Apply here.   NRSA individual predoctoral fellowship program discontinued The National Institute of General Medical Sciences is discontinuing its Ruth L. Kirschenstein National Research Service Award individual predoctoral fellowship (Parent F31) Program. The decision comes as NIGMS is refocusing its funds to support…

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Episode 5 of Pipettes and Politics is available ?>

Episode 5 of Pipettes and Politics is available

In the latest episode of science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics,” the ASBMB public affairs staff discusses the recently passed bipartisan budget deal and its potential effects on the science community. Science policy analyst André Porter examines the new policy guidelines from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation regarding sexual harassment in the lab and at meetings. Porter also discusses the release of the National Science Board’s policy companion statement to its 2018 Science and Engineering…

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President Trump’s first STEM education memo avoids increased federal funding by securing short-term private investments ?>

President Trump’s first STEM education memo avoids increased federal funding by securing short-term private investments

  This week, President Donald Trump released a memorandum to increase access to high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.   The memo directs the secretary of education to prioritize $200 million per year to promote STEM and computer-science instruction at the state level through the agency’s existing grant programs. The memo’s focus on STEM and computer-science education comes at a shock to many who have viewed the administration as one that ignores the importance of STEM to the future of…

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