The White House updates U.S. antibiotic resistance policies

Photo credit:  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention On Sept. 18, the White House announced a comprehensive strategy to combat antibiotic resistance and released several related policy documents. These included a presidential executive order, a report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and a National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.…

Senate appropriations committee recognizes the importance of innovation in the U.S.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, started the “Driving Innovation through Federal Investments” hearing saying that funding innovative research is of huge importance to the U.S. Supporting this statement, Mikulski pointed out that 138 pieces of written testimony, including one from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, were submitted prior to the hearing, demonstrating the…

An update on peer review and the National Science Foundation

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chair of the House Science, Space and Technology committee has spurred two distinct, yet related, discussions regarding peer review and the National Science Foundation. First, in an April 25 letter to NSF Acting Director Cora Marrett, Smith wrote, “I have concerns regarding some grants approved by the Foundation and how closely…

White House releases National Bioeconomy Blueprint

On April 26, the Obama administration released its outline the future of the U.S. biological research enterprise, the National Bioeconomy Blueprint. The “bioeconomy” is defined as the “economic activity that is fueled by research and innovation in the biological sciences,” and the blueprint outlines a plan for government and private agencies that will strengthen these…

“Minibus” bill signed into law, and continuing resolution keeps government running until mid-December

On Friday, Nov. 18, President Obama signed into law the first appropriations bill for fiscal 2012. The “minibus” bill  provided $128 billion for several government agencies, including the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development. While some science-funding agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, fared well with a budget increase…