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Creating thinking necessary to change culture. ?>

Creating thinking necessary to change culture.

Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, announced in a statement last week that he will no longer participate in panels that are not diverse.  Collins noted that women and members of underrepresented groups are “conspicuously missing” from high-level speaker slots and said that it is “time to end the tradition in science of all-male speaking panels, sometimes wryly referred to as ‘manels.’” This move by Collins was clever. He used his platform as the leader of…

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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: April 26, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: April 26, 2019

Apply for the ASBMB Advocacy Training Program today Are you curious about getting involved in science advocacy? Do you want to make a difference in your community? Are you thinking of science policy as a possible career path? Apply to the ASBMB Advocacy Training Program today. The ASBMB ATP is a six-month externship that provides hands-on science policy and advocacy training and experience. You will spend the first two months learning about science policy and advocacy and about how federal laws and budgets are passed….

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Science policy weekly roundup: April 19, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: April 19, 2019

House cancels vote on bill to raise federal spending caps Leadership from the U.S. House canceled a vote on a bill April 9 that would raise the federal spending caps for fiscal year 2020. The cancellation comes amid disagreement between moderate Democrats, who say the increase is too high, and progressive Democrats, who say it is too low. House leaders are now negotiating with their U.S. Senate counterparts for a bipartisan solution to increase federal spending caps. Read more here….

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Science policy weekly roundup: April 5, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: April 5, 2019

U.S. House committee releases budget deal to raise federal spending caps The U.S. House budget committee introduced a bill to increase federal spending caps by $51 billion for fiscal year 2020. Funding for both nondefense and defense programs would be increased. However, the Senate budget committee’s proposal would keep FY20 funding levels below the spending caps, which would result in a 10% cut across all federal programs. Read more here. National Academy of Sciences to vote to eject sexual harassers from…

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The ASBMB Responds to President Donald Trump’s FY2020 Budget Proposal ?>

The ASBMB Responds to President Donald Trump’s FY2020 Budget Proposal

The following is a statement from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Today, the White House released its 2020 budget request, titled “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First.” The budget request does little to make America better. Each year, President Donald Trump calls for unconscionable decreases in federal spending while at the same time proclaiming his support for job creation, national security and economic growth. The proposal presented…

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The ASBMB Responds to NIH’s Update on Efforts to Combat Sexual Harassment in Science ?>

The ASBMB Responds to NIH’s Update on Efforts to Combat Sexual Harassment in Science

The following is a statement from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. “Today, National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins provided an update to the scientific community regarding the NIH’s efforts to address sexual harassment.  The NIH should be commended for the steps they are taking to improve the climate for researchers in the life sciences.  The NIH has been, by their own admission, slow in responding to the community’s demands…

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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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