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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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Where Have We Been? Attending the Spring NSF BIO Advisory Committee Meeting ?>

Where Have We Been? Attending the Spring NSF BIO Advisory Committee Meeting

  The biannual Directorate for Biological Sciences Advisory Committee met this week to discuss goings-on in the BIO directorate and to highlight partnerships that align with the National Science Foundation’s new priorities. James Olds, assistant director for the BIO directorate, provided an update on the agency’s budget, its 10 big ideas framework, its relocation, and its progress on the National Ecological Observatory Network. Officials unveiled a portfolio-analysis tool that they’ll use to assess the BIO directorate’s research footprint within NSF…

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The March for Science is over. What now? ?>

The March for Science is over. What now?

  ASBMB launches Grassroots Science Advocacy Network This weekend, champions for science across the world organized in an unprecedented way to advocate for the importance of scientific research, education and funding. .@ASBMB members are at #ScienceMarch showing support for evidence-based policy decisions and sci workforce diversity & inclusion. #ExpBio pic.twitter.com/LyJnqNUKcJ — ASBMB (@ASBMB) April 22, 2017 The March for Science suffered many bumps and bruises during its development, especially with regard to diversity and inclusion.  News of organizational upheavals also…

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Where Have We Been? Attending NIH Advisory Council Meetings ?>

Where Have We Been? Attending NIH Advisory Council Meetings

  National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council – National Institute of General Medical Services – 1/27/17 The first quarterly NIGMS advisory council meeting of 2017 was held Jan. 26 – 27 with an open session held on the 27th.  The council meeting was led by NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch and covered upcoming program changes and events. Highlights from the meeting are below. On April 5, NIGMS will be hosting its Early Career Investigator Lecture. Targeted to undergraduates, the lecture series…

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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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Where Have We Been? Attending Congressional Briefings! ?>

Where Have We Been? Attending Congressional Briefings!

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology held a briefing on the importance of research in dogs to improve canine and human health. Timothy Nichols of UNC-Chapel Hill, Amy LeBlanc of the National Cancer Institute and Elaine Ostrander of the National Human Genome Research Institute discussed their research into a variety of canine ailments that have been very informative in understanding and treating human disorders. The Personal Genetics Education Project from Harvard Medical School organized a congressional briefing on…

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Where’ve We Been? Meeting with Appropriations Staff! ?>

Where’ve We Been? Meeting with Appropriations Staff!

Yesterday, Ben visited with appropriations staff to discuss the where Congress is in the budgeting process for FY16.  It turns out, the Appropriations Committee and their subcommittees have been working diligently to negotiate updated appropriations bills with the new funds made available thanks to the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015.  Subcommittees have already been provided there 302(b) allocations, and rumor has it there is potential for research agencies like the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation are poised…

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Where Have We Been? Honoring Nobel Laureates! ?>

Where Have We Been? Honoring Nobel Laureates!

On Tuesday, Ben attended a reception hosted by the U.S. State Department at the Blaire House honoring the four American Nobel Prize Winners, Dr. William C. Campbell (Physiology or Medicine), Dr. Paul Modrich (Chemistry), ASBMB member Dr. Aziz Sancar (Chemistry), and  Dr. Angus Deaton (Economic Sciences).