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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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An update on peer review and the National Science Foundation ?>

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 they adhere to NSF’s ‘intellectual merit’ guideline.” Smith went on to request the notes from the peer reviewers and NSF program officers regarding five grants…

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Associate director for science leaves the White House OSTP ?>

Associate director for science leaves the White House OSTP

On June 1 the Office of Science and Technology Policy confirmed that Nobel Prize-winning physicist Carl Wieman would be stepping down as the associate director for science. Weiner has been a leading science education advocate since joining the OSTP in 2010. After winning the Nobel Prize in 2001 for the creation of the first Bose-Einstein condensate, Wieman switched gears to instead study science education. In 2007, he established the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at the University of British Columbia,…

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White House releases National Bioeconomy Blueprint ?>

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 activities and spur economic growth. In January the Office of Science Technology Policy released a request for information asking research stakeholders to provide recommendations on…

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

“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 of $173 million for FY12, other entities faced drastic budget reductions. The Office of Science and Technology Policy received a budget cut of 32 percent,…

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