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What $15 billion could do for the research community ?>

What $15 billion could do for the research community

  As the new administration gets settled and sets its priorities, President Donald Trump and Congress presumably will be assessing how taxpayer dollars can be best utilized. In the coming month, Trump will begin to not only introduce a budget for the upcoming fiscal year but also push for specific initiatives that will require some level of funding to accomplish. The U.S. has a number of issues that require an intense look. Health care and job creation are among those…

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ASBMB statement on President Donald J. Trump’s executive order restricting immigration ?>

ASBMB statement on President Donald J. Trump’s executive order restricting immigration

In response to an executive order on immigration issued by President Donald J. Trump on Friday, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology released the following statement: The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, an organization representing more than 11,000 biomedical researchers, educators and students, is concerned about the potential impact on the nation’s biomedical enterprise resulting from President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations. The ASBMB is an international organization. Some of its…

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ASBMB statement supporting peer-reviewed science at federal agencies ?>

ASBMB statement supporting peer-reviewed science at federal agencies

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology believes that peer-reviewed science should remain free of politicization, and we support the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and all federally funded scientific agencies in their efforts to continue on their missions without political interference.

What we’re watching for ?>

What we’re watching for

The 115th Congress has begun its legislative work, and we’re five days into the presidency of Donald Trump.  To say that Washington, D.C., is active in these early days of 2017 is an understatement. The focus of political leaders is not – shockingly – how to handle biomedical research and science policy over the next couple of years.  The spotlight is focused on the future of the Affordable Care Act, who is going to pay for a southern border war,…

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House and Senate approve continuing resolution ?>

House and Senate approve continuing resolution

  Yesterday, both chambers of Congress approved a short-term continuing resolution spending bill (HR 5325) that will keep the federal government funded through Dec. 9. The resolution will fund federal agencies at the top-line, fiscal 2017 level of $1.067 trillion, reduced by 0.5 percent to comply with spending cap regulations. The Senate first approved the continuing resolution, which includes $1.1 billion in emergency funding to contend with the Zika virus. Of this $1.1 billion, more than $150 million will be…

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President Obama’s Leadership in Science, Technology, and Innovation ?>

President Obama’s Leadership in Science, Technology, and Innovation

Last week, the White House released an impact report touting instances of President Barack Obama’s leadership in science, technology and innovation.  Since 2009, the president has proudly proclaimed his support for science and technology, perhaps exemplified by proposed increases in funding for research and development in his fiscal 2017 budget and the creation of an annual White House science fair.  The president has introduced a number of initiatives to spur discovery and innovation and has made public statements advocating for fundamental research and emphasizing the role of…

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Are raises for postdoctoral fellows on the way? Department of Labor changes overtime rules. ?>

Are raises for postdoctoral fellows on the way? Department of Labor changes overtime rules.

Last night, the Department of Labor issued a new rule on overtime pay.  Effective December 1, 2016, the criteria under which employees will be eligible for overtime pay will be: The salary threshold for eligibility for overtime pay will rise from $455 per week to $913 per week ($47,476 per year). The threshold will automatically update every three years, based on wage growth over time. Overtime protections for salaried workers entitled to overtime will be strengthened. And finally, the one…

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State-funded stem cell research matters ?>

State-funded stem cell research matters

The National Institutes of Health has enforced three distinct federal funding policies for human embryonic stem-cell research through the administrations of Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama. In 2001, George W. Bush placed restrictions on the use of federal funds for human embryonic stem-cell research, leading some state governments to fund the research themselves. California established the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and other states followed with various funding mechanisms of their own.

Obama releases FY16 budget ?>

Obama releases FY16 budget

Today, President Obama released his budget for fiscal 2016. This document contains the White House’s vision for the level of funding for every federal agency in the coming fiscal year. While Congress will not adopt Obama’s budget, the document lays out programs and projects that the White House considers a priority.