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The ASBMB Responds to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address ?>

The ASBMB Responds to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address

The following is a statement from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In tonight’s State of the Union Address, President Donald Trump announced an ambitious goal to stop the spread of HIV / AIDS by the year 2030.  We applaud the president for such an ambitious plan, and look forward to seeing his detailed plans to make this a reality.  The nation’s biomedical research community – much of which is supported by…

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Government Shutdown Update #3 ?>

Government Shutdown Update #3

The government remains shutdown, while Congress and the White House continue negotiating a path to open those agencies shut down.  The U.S. Senate has just adjourned, and will not reconvene until December 27th, meaning the shutdown will continue at least until then.  Washington insiders are beginning to hint that this may be a long shutdown. The National Science Foundation has published on its website instructions for proposers and granters which can be found here.  Information for NSF panelists can be…

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Government Shutdown Update #2 ?>

Government Shutdown Update #2

Shortly, the partial government shutdown will begin.  The Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Mike Mulvaney has directed federal agencies whose funding expires on December 21, 2018 to “execute plans for an orderly shutdown.”  Director Mulvaney’s notice can be found here. What happens now? The U.S. House and Senate are scheduled to convene at Noon on Saturday December 22nd.  Negotiations continue between House and Senate leadership, but no path forward has yet been identified.  President Trump issued…

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Government Shutdown Update ?>

Government Shutdown Update

Regrettably, it appears that the U.S. government is moving towards a partial shutdown at midnight tonight. Earlier this week, U.S. House and Senate leadership (both Republicans and Democrats) reached a deal to fund the government into early February.  While funding for border security remained contentious, the White House had signaled a willingness sign the legislation and advocate for their priorities with a new Congress. However, on Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump changed his mind.  Requiring $5 billion for construction of…

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ASBMB convenes panel to discuss how Congress can address sexual harassment in science ?>

ASBMB convenes panel to discuss how Congress can address sexual harassment in science

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology hosted a congressional briefing Dec. 6 to discuss the U.S. Congress’s role in addressing sexual harassment and misconduct in science. University of Illinois professor Kathryn Clancy, Nobel laureate Carol Greider and Andrew Black of the American Association for the Advancement of Science discussed policies and legislation in front of an audience of congressional staffers and representatives of scientific societies. Clancy, a member of the National Academies of Science’s committee on sexual harassment…

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Episode 10 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available. ?>

Episode 10 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available.

Episode 10 of the ASBMB science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics” is now available. ASBMB public affairs staff members provide updates on the U.S. House and Senate fiscal year 2019 budget proposals for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy Office of Science. Staff members also talk about the discussions at the NIH Advisory Council meetings regarding its draft recommendations to address the next generation of researchers and the NIH’s response to reducing…

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Science policy weekly roundup: June 8, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: June 8, 2018

Where we’ve been: Attending NINDS advisory council meeting Science policy analyst André Porter summarizes the discussions at meeting of the advisory council to the National Institutes of Neurological Disease and Stroke. NINDS Director Walter Koroshetz and staff members presented updates on new grant mechanisms and plans to increase transparency in its funding strategies. Read more here.   U.S. House passes $15 billion rescissions bill The U.S. House passed a White House-backed rescissions bill along party lines late Thursday. If the…

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Science Policy Weekly Update: March 2, 2018 ?>

Science Policy Weekly Update: March 2, 2018

Don’t miss our webinar on op-ed writing on Friday Writing an op-ed is one way to let policymakers and the community know how your research and policies that affect your research might impact them. Dr. Tricia Serio, dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and member of the ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee, will provide a how-to guide for writing op-eds with a lens on advocating for the scientific enterprise. Register here.   Scientists…

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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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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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