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. …

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 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…