Science policy weekly news update: October 20, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: October 20, 2017

  What’s new in blotter news? The upcoming deadline of multiple science policy fellowships prompted my latest blog post with tips on how to apply for these opportunities. Read more here.   Jon Marcus of The Atlantic writes about the decline of public universities, focusing on the Midwest. Research universities that receive federal funding from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies are vital hubs for local economies, supporting thousands of jobs, spawning many new businesses, and protecting cities…

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Flashback Friday: Applying for Science Policy Fellowships ?>

Flashback Friday: Applying for Science Policy Fellowships

  If you are reading this blog, you most likely have an interest in both science research and the politics and policies that affect the field. Those who want to try out a career in science policy might be looking for internships or fellowships or already be in the process of applying for them. As the deadline for several science policy fellowships approaches, including the Science and Technology Fellowship sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, we…

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Science policy weekly news update: October 13, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: October 13, 2017

What’s new in blotter news? ASBMB Science Policy Analyst André Porter discusses the National Science Foundation Directorate for Biological Science’s announcement that it will eliminate proposal deadlines in 2018 for a majority of its grants. Read more here.   U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., introduced a bill that would change the formula used by the NSF Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, known as EPSCoR for short, to help states with little federal research funding secure more research grants. The…

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NSF’s BIO directorate to eliminate deadlines in 2018 ?>

NSF’s BIO directorate to eliminate deadlines in 2018

  The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Biological Sciences announced last week that the majority of its research funding programs will be eliminating proposal deadlines in 2018. The BIO Directorate has chosen to discontinue current solicitations that include deadlines and the preliminary-proposal mechanism used in the Division of Environmental Biology and the Division of Integrated Organismal Systems by the end of this year.  NSF-wide and cross-directorate programs that are co-managed in BIO, however, will continue to have deadlines moving forward….

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Science policy weekly news update: October 6, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: October 6, 2017

  News from the Hill in ASBMB Today ASBMB Public Affairs Director Ben Corb discusses President Donald Trump’s “science problem.” Read more here. ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee member Rick Page describes meetings with the NIH and NSF,  advocating on behalf of ASBMB. Read more here.   What’s new in Blotter news? I wrote an article detailing the local congressional meetings by our grassroots advocacy network members. Read more here.   Don Wright, former director of the Office of Disease…

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ASBMB grassroots advocacy network members advocate for science in their hometowns ?>

ASBMB grassroots advocacy network members advocate for science in their hometowns

  Several members of the ASBMB’s grassroots network participated in local meetings with their members of Congress this summer. This August, the ASBMB set up regional meetings for members with the local offices of their congressional representatives. The goals of these meetings were to advocate for science research and develop long-term relationships. Below are some accounts from our members on their experiences. Evan Comeaux (pictured left) and Raju Rayavarapu (pictured right), postdoctoral fellows at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in…

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Science policy weekly news update: September 29, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: September 29, 2017

  What’s new in Blotter News Policy analyst André Porter discusses President Donald Trump’s memorandum directing $200 million a year to the Department of Education for STEM and computer science instruction. This memo stands in contrast with the administration’s earlier proposal to cut $9.2 billion from the Department of Education budget. President Trump’s first STEM education memo avoids increased federal funding by securing short-term private investments   Senate Republicans this week failed once again to gather 50 votes to approve…

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President Trump’s first STEM education memo avoids increased federal funding by securing short-term private investments ?>

President Trump’s first STEM education memo avoids increased federal funding by securing short-term private investments

  This week, President Donald Trump released a memorandum to increase access to high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.   The memo directs the secretary of education to prioritize $200 million per year to promote STEM and computer-science instruction at the state level through the agency’s existing grant programs. The memo’s focus on STEM and computer-science education comes at a shock to many who have viewed the administration as one that ignores the importance of STEM to the future of…

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Science policy weekly news update: Sept. 22, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: Sept. 22, 2017

What’s new in Blotter news? In response to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the ASBMB released a statement urging congressional action to codify DACA into law. ASBMB statement on Trump’s decision to end DACA Science Policy Analyst André Porter reports on the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ advisory council meeting this week. Porter presented a statement by the ASBMB inquiring about the Next Generation Researchers Initiative during the public comments…

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Where we’ve been: attending the NIGMS advisory council meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: attending the NIGMS advisory council meeting

  The last National Institute of General Medical Sciences advisory council meeting of 2017 was held Sept. 14-15 with an open session Sept. 15.  The council meeting was led by NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch and covered collaborations across the National Institutes of Health, program updates and recent events hosted by the institute. Highlights from the meeting are below. You can watch a recording of the open session here, and we’re including timestamps on our highlights for your quick reference. 05:56 –…

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