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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Special Episode of “Pipettes and Politics” – The Hill Day Edition ?>

Special Episode of “Pipettes and Politics” – The Hill Day Edition

  After a brief hiatus, Pipettes and Politics is back this week and next with two new episodes! April was a busy month for the ASBMB public affairs team, with the annual Hill Day and agency visits and a West Coast swing to the 2018 ASBMB Annual Meeting in San Diego. Daniel and André also visited Louisiana State University, West Virginia University, and Johns Hopkins University to give talks on advocacy. In this special episode, Ben talks with several participants…

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The National Academies releases report on supporting the next generation of biomedical and behavioral sciences researchers ?>

The National Academies releases report on supporting the next generation of biomedical and behavioral sciences researchers

  The National Academies released a report titled Supporting the Next Generation of Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences Researchers last month.  This report provides recommendations for research institutions and the federal government to implement with the goal of better supporting those who are pursuing careers in biological and social sciences. Included in the 18 recommendations are suggestions that urge Congress to create a Biomedical Research Enterprise Council, increase the budget of the National Institutes of Health with set-asides to support 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 roundup: May 4, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 4, 2018

Apply to the ASBMB ATP today Apply today to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Advocacy Training Program. The ASBMB ATP will provide a one-of-a-kind, hands-on experience for ASBMB members interested in gaining valuable experience in science policy and advocacy. The six-month externship will train leaders to build and maintain hubs of regional science advocacy. Click here to learn more and to apply.   2018 Hill Day recap ASBMB Science Policy Analyst André Porter recaps the events of…

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Apply for the ASBMB ATP Today ?>

Apply for the ASBMB ATP Today

  Apply Now! Applications are now being accepted for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Advocacy Training Program, which provides a one-of-a-kind hands-on experience for ASBMB members interested in gaining valuable experience in science policy and advocacy. The ATP is a six-month externship for 10 to 15 scientists from around the United States. The ultimate goal of the ATP is to train leaders to build and maintain hubs of regional science advocacy. The program has two phases: In…

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2018 HILL DAY RECAP ?>

2018 HILL DAY RECAP

  On April 12, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology hosted its annual Hill Day.  In attendance were undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, faculty members, department chairs and university administrators, all eager to meet with their elected officials and advocate for the importance of positive policies and legislation for the scientific enterprise. Tomorrow is #ASBMBHillDay! Participants will discuss the need for increased and sustainable funding for the scientific enterprise with elected officials and their staffs: https://t.co/PD1eH0Szn5. Follow along…

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A slot for ASBMB’s Hill Day just became available! ?>

A slot for ASBMB’s Hill Day just became available!

  Join us on April 12 for the ASBMB’s annual Hill Day as a virtual participant! This Thursday, instead of running across the Capitol, join our advocacy efforts by tweeting at your senators and representative using #ASBMBHIllDAY. Every year, the ASBMB brings trainees from across the country to meet with congressional leaders to advocate for policies that promote U.S. research and foster the future of the nation’s scientific enterprise. This year we want you to amplify our message by making…

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Science policy weekly update: April 6, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly update: April 6, 2018

White House discusses how to reduce funding from passed budget President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are looking to cut billions of dollars from the fiscal 2018 funding bill passed last month. Using a legislative tactic called a rescission resolution, the White House’s budget-reduction proposal would need the support of a majority of U.S. senators, which is unlikely to happen given that the Republicans hold the Senate majority by only one person. Trump also is seeking line-item veto power over…

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Where have we been? Attending the April 2018 NSF BIO Advisory Committee Meeting ?>

Where have we been? Attending the April 2018 NSF BIO Advisory Committee Meeting

  This week the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Biological Sciences Advisory Committee convened to provide budget and programmatic updates. In May, Congress provided a modest increase to the NSF’s budget for FY18.  The proposed FY19 budget request would fund the agency at $7.47 billion, reducing the agency’s appropriation back to FY17 enacted amounts. Joanne Tornow, assistant director for the BIO directorate, updated the committee on NSF’s sexual harassment policy.  Under the developing policy the agency expects institutions to provide…

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