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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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Guest Blog: Suzanne Pfeffer talks about importance of voting ?>

Guest Blog: Suzanne Pfeffer talks about importance of voting

Below is a guest post by Suzanne Pfeffer, of Stanford University.  Dr. Pfeffer is a past-president of ASBMB. This election seems to be the most important election of my entire adult life.  There were other elections in the past where I didn’t vote for, or agree with the views of the winner, but we made it through, nonetheless.  This is the first time where the conversation is such that if I quoted the speaker at my workplace, I could lose…

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Science policy news weekly roundup: June 10, 2016 ?>

Science policy news weekly roundup: June 10, 2016

If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to aporter@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup. The U.S. Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations subcommittee approved a funding bill that would increase funding for the National Institute of Health by $2 billion, putting the agency’s budget at $34 billion. Senate moves to increase NIH budget (PolicyBlotter) NIH funding: It’s personal (The Atlantic) Senate passes $34B NIH budget to advance precision medicine (Health IT Analytic) The…

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Highlights from committee U.S. Senate hearing: Leveraging the U.S. science and technology enterprise ?>

Highlights from committee U.S. Senate hearing: Leveraging the U.S. science and technology enterprise

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing last week to discuss the future of U.S. research and development investments.  The hearing centered on how funded research can translate into innovations in industry and in turn, the economy. The committee brought in expert witnesses from academia, the private sector and a government advisory board to testify and provide insight on possible strategies that the committee can utilize in drafting new legislation to leverage U.S. investments in the…

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Science policy news: weekly roundup: January 15, 2016 ?>

Science policy news: weekly roundup: January 15, 2016

The roundup is formatted with the title of the story, followed by the news source in parentheses and a brief summary. If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to smartin@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup.  U.S. President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address Tuesday evening. Obama charged Vice President Joe Biden with leading an initiative to cure cancer. President Obama Taps Biden To Eradicate Cancer In State Of The Union Speech (Forbes) Predictable…

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BREAKING: Congress and White House reach two-year budget agreement with sequester relief ?>

BREAKING: Congress and White House reach two-year budget agreement with sequester relief

Right around midnight, congressional leaders and the White House reached a budget deal to #RaiseTheCaps and extend the debt ceiling. A copy of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 is available here. The New York Times has a summary here. It appears: The BBA would increase discretionary spending by $80 billion over two years It would spread relief equally between defense and nondefense discretionary programs It would be spread over two years (fiscal 2016 and 2017), providing $80 billion in relief–$50 billion…

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