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Encourage Congress to support legislation to engage, support veterans in STEM ?>

Encourage Congress to support legislation to engage, support veterans in STEM

The first piece of legislation for which we’re advocating during our spring campaign is the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act, also known as S. 153. This bipartisan bill, introduced in January by Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., recognizes that veterans possess technical skills and traits that make them ideal candidates for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The bill directs the National Science Foundation to do more to engage and support veterans. Tell your senator to…

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Advocacy Spotlight: William T. Booth II, veteran, scientist and advocate ?>

Advocacy Spotlight: William T. Booth II, veteran, scientist and advocate

This spring, members of the ASBMB are encouraging the U.S. Senate to advance the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act (S. 153), which directs the National Science Foundation to do more for veterans interested in pursuing education and training for STEM careers.  To learn more about the needs and experiences of veterans, ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, interviewed society member William T. Booth, a postdoctoral researcher who spent more than eight years in the U.S. Army and National Guard. Booth’s…

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Urge your elected officials to support legislation to broaden participation in STEM ?>

Urge your elected officials to support legislation to broaden participation in STEM

This spring, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee is asking you to encourage the U.S. Congress to support legislation to broaden participation by underrepresented minorities, women and veterans in STEM.  Click here to participate. Spring marks a transition period for many.  Semesters are wrapping up and degrees are being conferred.  Programs that provide research funding and STEM training have supported many of those graduating this year.  The ASBMB’s spring advocacy campaign will urge elected…

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Science policy weekly roundup: May 17, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 17, 2019

Advocate for STEM education today Join the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s advocacy campaign to increase support for and access to STEM education and training. Take a few minutes to urge your lawmakers to co-sponsor three bills that support STEM. Send letters now using our templates. Four days left to apply for the ASBMB Advocacy Training Program The deadline to submit your application for the ASBMB Advocacy Training Program is 5 p.m. Eastern on Monday, May 20. This six-month…

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Where we’ve been: Attending the NSF FY2020 budget hearing ?>

Where we’ve been: Attending the NSF FY2020 budget hearing

National Science Foundation Director France Córdova testified Tuesday before the U.S. House subcommittee on research and technology. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the agency, concerns about foreign espionage in science and the NSF’s STEM education initiatives were discussed. Bipartisan support for increased NSF budget Subcommittee members on both sides of the aisle agreed on the importance of funding the NSF. They criticized Trump’s proposed 12 percent cut of $900 million to the science agency for fiscal year 2020. In…

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Science policy weekly roundup: February 22, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: February 22, 2019

New parents leave full-time STEM careers A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science reports that more than 40 percent of women and 23 percent of men leave their full-time STEM careers after having a first child. The findings from this eight-year study highlight a contributing factor to the gender imbalance seen in academia and other STEM sectors and the challenges of balancing a career in STEM and raising a family. Read more here.   NIH investigates…

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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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