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Science policy weekly news update: October 27, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: October 27, 2017

  Standardizing postdoc titles Eight scientists and science policy experts with ties to the ASBMB published an opinion article in the journal eLife this week making the case that what we call postdoctoral researchers really does matter. Read the ASBMB announcement and the eLife article.   What is next for the March for Science? It has been six months since the March for Science, a global event uniting hundreds of thousands of scientists from around the world to highlight the…

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Science policy weekly news update: October 6, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: October 6, 2017

  News from the Hill in ASBMB Today ASBMB Public Affairs Director Ben Corb discusses President Donald Trump’s “science problem.” Read more here. ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee member Rick Page describes meetings with the NIH and NSF,  advocating on behalf of ASBMB. Read more here.   What’s new in Blotter news? I wrote an article detailing the local congressional meetings by our grassroots advocacy network members. Read more here.   Don Wright, former director of the Office of Disease…

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Science policy news weekly update: August 11, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: August 11, 2017

  The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to dpham@asbmb.org. What’s new in blotter news? As the ASBMB’s new public affairs manager, I introduced myself to Policy Blotter readers in a blog post. A quick introduction   While Congress is in recess, House Republicans mull strategies to pass the remaining eight appropriations bills for fiscal 2018 once they return to D.C. in September. This…

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A Quick Introduction ?>

A Quick Introduction

  Hello Blotters! My name is Daniel Pham, your new public affairs manager. Ever since my first years of graduate school, I have been interested in advocating for the unique needs of biomedical scientists. As I was pursuing my PhD at Johns Hopkins University in neuroscience, I developed a passion for engaging with the public about the importance and power of science research. This set me on the path to begin my career as a science advocate. As a graduate…

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ASBMB partners with March for Science ?>

ASBMB partners with March for Science

Today, we are proud to announce that the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is an official partner with the March for Science. On April 22, in cities and towns all across America, scientists – and science enthusiasts – will participate in marches raising awareness for the important role that science and scientists play in improving the quality of life and well-being of Americans. In her piece for ASBMB Today this month, ASBMB President Natalie Ahn had this to…

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ASBMB responds to Trump budget proposal that threatens funding for 2,000 research projects ?>

ASBMB responds to Trump budget proposal that threatens funding for 2,000 research projects

President Donald Trump on Monday night released his budget-reduction request for fiscal year 2017, and the National Institutes of Health did not escape the chopping block. Given that Congress failed to complete FY17 spending bills, much of the federal government has been operating under a continuing resolution that keeps federal spending at FY16 levels until April 28. In his request, Trump calls for $17.9 billion total in cuts for FY17, including a $1.23 billion cut to the National Institutes of…

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ASBMB Congressional Briefing: A Continuing Resolution’s Impact on Research ?>

ASBMB Congressional Briefing: A Continuing Resolution’s Impact on Research

  The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology held a congressional briefing Tuesday about the effects that a long-term continuing resolution would have on the biomedical research community. Speakers included Harry Stein, director of fiscal policy at the Center for American Progress; Thomas Baldwin, president-elect of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and professor at the University of California, Riverside; and James Brown, executive director of the STEM Education Coalition. Here are the highlights: Stein described a…

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Transition Update – One week in ?>

Transition Update – One week in

Transition Updates President-elect Donald Trump is putting together his Cabinet. It was widely reported yesterday that neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate Ben Carson took himself out of the running for consideration as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, citing his lack of experience in running an agency.  Others in the running for the top spot at HHS include House budget committee chair Tom Price of Georgia, former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and former House speaker Newt…

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Guest Blog: Jonathan Sachs talks about inclusion ?>

Guest Blog: Jonathan Sachs talks about inclusion

Below is a guest post by Jonathan Sachs, of the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Sachs is a member of the ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee, and was inspired by the statement put out by ASBMB reaffirming our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  His views are his, and not the position of ASBMB or the PAAC. Astoundingly to some, we are living in a world that is markedly different than it was a week ago. We have already seen countless examples…

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Election 2016 – A quick analysis ?>

Election 2016 – A quick analysis

There is nothing in the 2016 election results that should indicate that the National Institutes of Health will lose support in the 115thCongress. I have always said that no one ever wants to be on “Team Cancer.”  No one is ok with the devastating impact cancers and diseases like it have on people. Funding the biomedical research community, specifically the NIH, has been – and I imagine will continue to be under President-Elect Donald Trump – a bipartisan area of…

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