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…

Science Policy Roundup: March 7, 2014

The world of science policy can be hard to keep up with, especially when a scientist is consumed at the bench. That’s where the Policy Blotter comes in! The Science Policy Roundup features the week’s science policy news. After a few quiet weeks, things are starting to pick up again on the Hill. This week…

Debt ceiling: Where’s the drama?

Scientists with grant awards from a federal science funding agency depend on the agency to follow through on its obligation to make payments on these awards. But payment depends on the government having sufficient cash to satisfy its obligations. While normally not a problem, a breach of the government’s debt ceiling could put these and…