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Science policy weekly roundup: May 18, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 18, 2018

  Listen to Episode 8 of “Pipettes and Politics” now Episode 8 of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics” is available. Public affairs staff discuss the fiscal year 2019 appropriations landscape; recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences to support the next generation of researchers; and the ASBMB’s response to both the National Science Foundation’s new sexual harassment reporting policy and the National Institutes of Health’s Next Generation of Researchers Initiative Working…

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ASBMB hosts advocacy town hall at Experimental Biology annual meeting ?>

ASBMB hosts advocacy town hall at Experimental Biology annual meeting

For the second year in a row, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology hosted last month an advocacy town hall during the ASBMB Annual Meeting in San Diego. The town hall featured ASBMB Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb and ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee members Matthew Gentry of the University of Kentucky and Dorothy Shippen of Texas A&M University. The presenters described the ASBMB’s public affairs and advocacy programs to keep members informed of policies affecting the science…

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Science policy weekly update: April 6, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly update: April 6, 2018

White House discusses how to reduce funding from passed budget President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are looking to cut billions of dollars from the fiscal 2018 funding bill passed last month. Using a legislative tactic called a rescission resolution, the White House’s budget-reduction proposal would need the support of a majority of U.S. senators, which is unlikely to happen given that the Republicans hold the Senate majority by only one person. Trump also is seeking line-item veto power over…

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Where have we been? Attending the April 2018 NSF BIO Advisory Committee Meeting ?>

Where have we been? Attending the April 2018 NSF BIO Advisory Committee Meeting

  This week the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Biological Sciences Advisory Committee convened to provide budget and programmatic updates. In May, Congress provided a modest increase to the NSF’s budget for FY18.  The proposed FY19 budget request would fund the agency at $7.47 billion, reducing the agency’s appropriation back to FY17 enacted amounts. Joanne Tornow, assistant director for the BIO directorate, updated the committee on NSF’s sexual harassment policy.  Under the developing policy the agency expects institutions to provide…

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Science policy weekly roundup: December 22, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: December 22, 2017

The National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director discusses strategies to support the next generation of researchers Science Policy Analyst André Porter summarizes discussions about how to best support the next generation of researchers at the meeting of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director. While the NIH has remained committed to supporting young researchers, effective strategies have remained elusive. A possible third iteration of new policies may be introduced in 2018, as the NIH struggles to satisfy…

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Where we’ve been: Attending the fall NIH advisory committee to the director meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: Attending the fall NIH advisory committee to the director meeting

  The National Institutes of Health’s Advisory Committee to the Director met last week to provide updates on the NIH’s activities to increase diversity, efforts to ensure scientific rigor, implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, efforts to support the next generation of researchers, and efforts to optimize administration at the agency. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provided written comments to the committee prior to the commencement of the ACD convening. The ASBMB urged the NIH to…

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Where we’ve been: Attending the Fall NSF MPS Advisory Committee Meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: Attending the Fall NSF MPS Advisory Committee Meeting

  The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences advisory committee met last month to go over division updates and to strategize on how to effectively partner with outside organizations.  During the first day, Jim Ulvestad, acting assistant director, provided the committee with directorate updates.  The second half of the meeting covered external partnerships, with representatives from the NSF’s other six research directorates providing feedback and lessons learned. We learned that Anne Kinney, chief scientist at the W.M….

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Where we’ve been: Attending the September NIH Council of Councils meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: Attending the September NIH Council of Councils meeting

  Last week, the National Institutes of Health’s Council of Councils met to discuss program updates and policy changes across the agency. Highlights from the meeting are below. You can watch a recording of the meeting here, and we’re including timestamps on our highlights for your quick reference. 1:11:53 – Three ongoing studies of the NIH’s grant-review process, meant to evaluate the impact of implicit biases in proposal reviews, were presented. The studies are looking at how racial and gender…

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Where we’ve been? attending the National Science Board summer meeting ?>

Where we’ve been? attending the National Science Board summer meeting

  Last week, the National Science Board met to discuss policies and initiatives at the National Science Foundation. The meeting provided updates on NSF’s budget process and a number of reports being produced by the agency.  Highlights from the meeting are below. The committee on strategy provided an update for the FY18 budget process. As we covered here, both the U.S. House and Senate have put forth appropriations for the National Science Foundation that are ready for floor action.  Both…

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Where have we been: Attending the NIGMS advisory council meeting ?>

Where have we been: Attending the NIGMS advisory council meeting

  The second quarterly NIGMS council meeting of 2017 was held May 25-26 with an open session on the 26th.  The council meeting was led by NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch and covered upcoming NIH program/policy changes and events. Highlights from the meeting are below. Lorsch presented an overview of the proposed Grant Support Index, which was announced May 2.  This new policy will effectively cap the number of awards an investigator can be involved in by imposing a scoring system…

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