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White House science office creates committee to tackle U.S. research enterprise problems ?>

White House science office creates committee to tackle U.S. research enterprise problems

  The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced in May the formation of an interagency committee tasked with addressing a number of issues troubling the American research enterprise.  The committee’s priorities are reducing administrative burden, increasing rigor and reproducibility, increasing the participation of underrepresented groups, preventing gender and sexual harassment, and safeguarding intellectual property from foreign competitors and influence. The committee will be co-chaired by OSTP Director Kelvin Droegemeier, National Science Foundation Director France Córdova, National Institutes…

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Science policy weekly roundup: May 3, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 3, 2019

House subcommittee proposes 2020 budget increase for NIH The U.S. House appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2020, which would increase funding for the National Institutes of Health. If signed into law, the NIH budget will be $41.1 billion, 4% above FY19. Read more here. National Academies OKs amendment to eject sexual harassers In a 95–9 vote, with six abstaining, the National Academies governing council overwhelmingly approved an…

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Science policy weekly roundup: January 4, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: January 4, 2019

NIH advisory committee meets to discuss issues affecting science community The National Institutes of Health’s Advisory Committee to the Director met on Dec. 13 to provide updates on the agency’s policies that address sexual harassment in science, discuss recommendations to support the Next Generation of Researchers Initiative, and examine efforts to address foreign influence on the U.S. research enterprise. Read more here.   Droegemeier approved to direct White House OSTP Kelvin Droegemeier, nominee for the director of the White House…

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Science policy weekly roundup: December 7, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: December 7, 2018

Congress passes stopgap funding to prevent partial government shutdown The U.S. Congress passed a two-week stopgap funding bill on Thursday to prevent a partial government shutdown. The deadline to pass seven funding bills to fund several federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, is today. Negotiations have faltered due to disagreements on funding the U.S.–Mexico border wall. Read more here.   HHS denies that it canceled research project involving human fetal tissue The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…

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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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