ASBMB statement on Trump’s decision to end DACA ?>

ASBMB statement on Trump’s decision to end DACA

  In response to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end DACA, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology released the following statement: The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, which represents more than 10,000 scientists throughout the world, strongly condemns the actions taken by President Donald Trump to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, and supports congressional action to codify this important policy into law. The life science research enterprise is built upon…

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Science Policy news weekly update: September 15, 2017 ?>

Science Policy news weekly update: September 15, 2017

  The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a comprehensive measure Sept. 7 that includes $15 billion for Hurricane Harvey aid, a continuing resolution to fund the government until December, and an increase in the debt ceiling that also would need to be raised by the end of the year. The U.S. House passed the bill one day later, and President Donald Trump signed the bill into law that same day. Congress must once again raise the debt ceiling and pass a…

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Science Policy news weekly update: September 8, 2017 ?>

Science Policy news weekly update: September 8, 2017

What’s new in Blotter news: Science Policy Analyst André Porter attended the National Institute of Health’s Council of Councils meeting last week. Read his summary of the meeting below: Where we’ve been: Attending the September NIH Council of Councils meeting   The U.S. Senate appropriations committee voted overwhelmingly to pass a funding bill by the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee. The bill includes a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health, with money…

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Where we’ve been: Attending the September NIH Council of Councils meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: Attending the September NIH Council of Councils meeting

  Last week, the National Institutes of Health’s Council of Councils met to discuss program updates and policy changes across the agency. Highlights from the meeting are below. You can watch a recording of the meeting here, and we’re including timestamps on our highlights for your quick reference. 1:11:53 – Three ongoing studies of the NIH’s grant-review process, meant to evaluate the impact of implicit biases in proposal reviews, were presented. The studies are looking at how racial and gender…

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Science Policy news weekly update: August 26, 2017 ?>

Science Policy news weekly update: August 26, 2017

  What’s new in Blotter news? Science Policy Analyst Andre Porter attended the National Science Board summer meeting this week. Read his summary of the meeting below: Where we’ve been: attending the National Science Board summer meeting My previous entry regarding the National Institute of Health’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative was updated to include the names of scientists assigned to the working group. The ASBMB provides feedback regarding the NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative   In an interview, U.S. Senate Majority…

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Where we’ve been: attending the National Science Board summer meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: attending the National Science Board summer meeting

  Last week, the National Science Board met to discuss policies and initiatives at the National Science Foundation. The meeting provided updates on NSF’s budget process and a number of reports being produced by the agency.  Highlights from the meeting are below. The committee on strategy provided an update for the FY18 budget process. As we covered here, both the U.S. House and Senate have put forth appropriations for the National Science Foundation that are ready for floor action.  Both…

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Science Policy news weekly update: August 14, 2017 ?>

Science Policy news weekly update: August 14, 2017

  What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB has been providing feedback to the National Institutes of Health regarding its Next Generation Researchers Initiative. The ASBMB provides feedback regarding the NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative   Science Policy Analyst Andre Porter discusses the White House memo with its priorities for research and development to guide federal funding. President Trump releases his research and development priorities for FY19   A recent National Academies of Science report stated that the American biomedical…

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President Trump releases his research and development priorities for FY19 ?>

President Trump releases his research and development priorities for FY19

  This week, President Donald Trump released his first memorandum of research and development priorities that will be used by federal funding agencies to draft budget requests for the next fiscal year.  Trump’s priorities include R&D that increases American military superiority, security, prosperity, energy dominance and health. Trump encouraged agencies to reallocate existing commitments to accommodate his priorities without spending more money. This memo suggests that while the federal government should invest in early stage basic and applied research, the…

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The ASBMB provides feedback regarding the NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative ?>

The ASBMB provides feedback regarding the NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative

Update 8/21/2017: The NIH recently named the following individuals to their working group: Co-chairs: Jose Florez, MD, PhD, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, and Lawrence A. Tabak, DDS, PhD, Principal Deputy Director at NIH. The rest of the working group comprises of 14 other members, including 8 university research faculty, two postdoctoral fellows, and directors of two NIH institutes. The individual members can be found at the NIH webpage. — Shortly after rescinding the Grant Support Index, the National Institutes of…

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Science policy news weekly update: August 11, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: August 11, 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 dpham@asbmb.org. What’s new in blotter news? As the ASBMB’s new public affairs manager, I introduced myself to Policy Blotter readers in a blog post. A quick introduction   While Congress is in recess, House Republicans mull strategies to pass the remaining eight appropriations bills for fiscal 2018 once they return to D.C. in September. This…

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