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Science policy weekly roundup: August 31, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: August 31, 2018

Senate committee holds hearing on nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier to head OSTP Science Policy Analyst André Porter discusses last week’s U.S. Senate committee hearing to nominate Kelvin Droegemeier to lead the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Several senators asked the nominee about how he would ensure that scientific evidence would be taken seriously by the administration. Droegemeier, a meteorologist, also side-stepped questions regarding whether humans were responsible for climate change. Read more here.   Elizabeth Warren raises concern about…

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Science policy weekly roundup: August 24, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: August 24, 2018

  What do you think about NIH efforts to support next generation of researchers? The National Institutes of Health is proposing recommendations to support the next generation of researchers, and we at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology want to know what you think. We will collect your feedback and send it to the NIH. Submit your opinion and view a timeline of the ASBMB’s involvement here. U.S. Senate passes NIH appropriations bill In an 85-7 vote on…

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Episode 12 of Pipettes and Politics is available ?>

Episode 12 of Pipettes and Politics is available

Episode 12 of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics,” is now available.   In this episode, ASBMB Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb talks with Rush Holt, chief executive officer at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, about scientists running for office. Holt describes his time as a former congressional representative and how his scientific training affected his experience in Congress. Corb also provides an update on the recent appointment of Kelvin…

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Science policy weekly roundup: August 10, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: August 10, 2018

Members of Congress urge NIH to take action to stop sexual harassment in science U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., sent a letter Monday to the National Institutes of Health requesting a briefing about how the agency is addressing sexual harassment in science. The lawmakers’ letter asked NIH officials to provide information about its sexual harassment policy, relevant working groups or task forces, and the number of harassment settlements that occurred in NIH-supported facilities. Read the…

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Science policy weekly roundup: August 3, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: August 3, 2018

ASBMB supports Trump’s nominee to lead White House science advisory group The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology applauds the nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The OSTP has lacked a director for 19 months. President Donald Trump’s nominee is a respected meteorologist with extensive leadership experience at science organizations including the National Science Foundation. Read more here.   Trump mulls shutdown as Congress looks to fund government Congressional leaders…

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The ASBMB supports Trump nominee to lead Office of Science and Technology Policy ?>

The ASBMB supports Trump nominee to lead Office of Science and Technology Policy

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology supports U.S. President Donald Trump’s nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier to be the next director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Droegemeier, a meteorologist specializing in extreme weather, would be the first person to lead the office since Trump’s inauguration. Other OSTP positions also have remained vacant since Trump took office more than 19 months ago. The OSTP was reportedly staffed by only 35 employees…

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Science policy weekly update: March 9, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly update: March 9, 2018

Episode 6 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available Emily Holubowich, executive director of the Coalition for Health Funding, joins the sixth episode of the ASBMB’s science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics,” to discuss the ongoing negotiations for the fiscal year 2018 and 2019 budgets. ASBMB public affairs staff members also cover the recent U.S. House science panel hearing on sexual misconduct in science, the White House report on science and technology during President Donald Trump’s first year, and a new…

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Episode 6 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available ?>

Episode 6 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available

The sixth episode of the ASBMB science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics” is now available. ASBMB public affairs staff members discuss the U.S. House science committee’s hearing on sexual harassment and misconduct in science, the National Science Foundation’s efforts to combat sexual misconduct, and the White House’s report on science and technology in the first year of the Trump administration. Analysis and rebuttal by Matt Hourihan of AAAS of several claims in the White House report can be found here. …

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The White House updates U.S. antibiotic resistance policies ?>

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. The administration also launched a $20 million prize for the development of a test to rapidly diagnose resistant infections in the clinic. The administration’s announcement…

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

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 support across the nation of investing in innovation. The hearing featured five witnesses representing federal agencies: John P. Holdren, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy; Ernest Moniz, Secretary, Department…

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