Science policy news weekly update: January 27, 2017

  The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB’s director of public affairs, Ben Corb, gives a brief statement regarding the ASBMB’s stance on separating politics from peer-reviewed research. ASBMB statement…

NIH transition – trying to provide clarity

Today has been an interesting day, and it is best explained chronologically. This morning, ASBMB public affairs staff learned that an email went out today to senior National Institutes of Health officials apparently instituting new, though temporary, procedures for correspondence with public officials.  The email states that all correspondence must be approved by the Department…

Science policy news weekly update: January 20, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB’s director of public affairs, Ben Corb, gives a brief explanation of the ASBMB’s position regarding the use of preprints in NIH grant reviews.…

A brief statement regarding the use of preprints in NIH grant review

All three of the ASBMB’s peer-reviewed journals (Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Lipid Research, and Molecular & Cellular Proteomics) accept submissions of manuscripts hosted on preprint servers.  While the ASBMB doesn’t oppose preprints being included in grant applications, some members do have concerns about how preprints will be used and whether they will increase…

NSF MCB and CHE Program Webinar

  Join the ASBMB for our first hour-long federal agency funding opportunity webinar with program directors from the National Science Foundation highlighting opportunities in the Divisions of Molecular and Cellular Biology  and Chemistry. The webinar will be held at 1 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, Feb. 7. NSF provides 24 percent of all federal funding for basic…

Science policy news weekly update: January 13, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, discusses how science would benefit from separating federally funded research and politics. We must shield federally funded research from…

We must shield federally funded research from politics

  Most, if not all, scientists conduct research for the sake of the common good. Their research typically lacks a political agenda and seeks only to elucidate mechanisms of disease, develop new methodologies, or simply investigate the unknown.  Properly shielding scientific discovery from the jungle of the political sphere will benefit everyone, regardless of political…