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Science policy weekly roundup: July 20, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: July 20, 2018

Episode 11 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available In the latest episode of the ASBMB science policy podcast, public affairs staff members provide updates on the fiscal year 2019 Labor Health and Human Services appropriations. Staff members also discuss the society’s August is for Advocacy annual campaign and recap the society’s response to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ request for input on how to increase faculty diversity. Mary Woolley, president and chief executive officer for Research!America, joins the…

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Science policy weekly roundup: July 6, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: July 6, 2018

Commentary: PAAC member Tricia Serio on how to stop faculty sexual abuse Tricia Serio, dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, published an opinion piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education with recommendations for how universities can stop the cycle of faculty sexual abuse. Serio, a member of the Public Affairs Advisory Committee of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, runs a project called Speak Your Story that documents sexism at…

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Science policy weekly roundup: June 15, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: June 15, 2018

U.S. House budget proposal gives NIH $38.3 billion, a 3% increase The U.S. House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education appropriations budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 gives the National Institutes of Health $38.3 billion, up $1.25 billion from fiscal year 2018. This builds upon a recent trend of increased funding to the NIH after a lengthy period of budget stagnation. The subcommittee is voting on the bill today. Read more here.   China’s primate labs poised to fill research…

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Science policy weekly roundup: May 11, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 11, 2018

The ASBMB responds to the NSF’s efforts to address sexual harassment in science The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee sent recommendations in response to the NSF’s request for comments on Important Notice No. 144, regarding the agency’s efforts to address sexual misconduct and harassment in the science community. The ASBMB PAAC recommended that NSF help establish standardized methods across universities to investigate misconduct claims; ensure privacy of reporters of sexual harassment; and publicize the…

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The ASBMB PAAC responds to NSF efforts to address sexual harassment in science ?>

The ASBMB PAAC responds to NSF efforts to address sexual harassment in science

The #metoo movement has reached the science community, as several prominent scientists accused of sexual harassment and misconduct are being held accountable for their actions. In light of these incidents, the National Science Foundation has been reviewing and updating its sexual misconduct policies. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee (ASBMB PAAC) provided comments to the National Science Foundation’s Important Notice No. 144  regarding its latest actions to reduce sexual harassment and misconduct in the…

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Science policy weekly update: March 9, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly update: March 9, 2018

Episode 6 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available Emily Holubowich, executive director of the Coalition for Health Funding, joins the sixth episode of the ASBMB’s science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics,” to discuss the ongoing negotiations for the fiscal year 2018 and 2019 budgets. ASBMB public affairs staff members also cover the recent U.S. House science panel hearing on sexual misconduct in science, the White House report on science and technology during President Donald Trump’s first year, and a new…

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Episode 6 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available ?>

Episode 6 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available

The sixth episode of the ASBMB science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics” is now available. ASBMB public affairs staff members discuss the U.S. House science committee’s hearing on sexual harassment and misconduct in science, the National Science Foundation’s efforts to combat sexual misconduct, and the White House’s report on science and technology in the first year of the Trump administration. Analysis and rebuttal by Matt Hourihan of AAAS of several claims in the White House report can be found here. …

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Statement from the ASBMB on its commitment to diversity and inclusion upon the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States ?>

Statement from the ASBMB on its commitment to diversity and inclusion upon the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is committed to ensuring a diverse, inclusive and supportive environment in which scientists can make the important breakthroughs that will improve the health and quality of life of people across the world. During the 2016 presidential election, we heard harsh rhetoric  that caused great concern among those in our diverse community. Since the election of Donald Trump as president-elect, we have seen violence and other hate-inspired acts that make members of our…

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New study underscores challenges of work-life balance for women in academia ?>

New study underscores challenges of work-life balance for women in academia

Despite flexible hours and extended vacation periods, academia “may be a difficult place to combine career and motherhood,” researchers from Barnard College, a women’s liberal arts institution affiliated with Columbia University in New York, reported June 11 to the American Association of University Professors.

In findings presented last month at an AAUP conference Washington, DC, the Barnard researchers described the stress that women in academia experience while trying to balance the needs of their careers with those of their families, and they recommended systematic changes aimed at capping off the “leak” of women from the academic work-force pipeline.

Erector sets and Barbie dolls ?>

Erector sets and Barbie dolls

Since Larry Summer’s now infamous remarks in 2005, the underrepresentation of women in science has gained a high level of attention. Harvard’s faculty and graduate students have joined the National Academy of Sciences, the Center for American Progress and other groups to study the reasons behind the underrepresentation of women in science. Now the American Enterprise Institute has decided to weigh in.

At a recent book forum hosted by AEI, Christina Hoff Sommers, an AEI resident scholar, presented her views on the dearth of women in science. Focusing on quantitative disciplines like physics, math and computer science, she argued that the smaller percentage of women in scientific disciplines is the result of innate differences in preference between men and women. Not only is the evidence for Sommers’ argument shaky, but her position creates a rationalization for the removal of policies that encourage the advancement of women in science.