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Scientists hear mixed messages on political support for biomedical research and the NIH ?>

Scientists hear mixed messages on political support for biomedical research and the NIH

The White House’s budget rollout last week sent shockwaves through the scientific community broadly and National Institutes of Health supporters specifically.  President Donald Trump, in his “skinny budget” release, called for a $5.8 billion cut to the NIH’s budget, 19 percent of fiscal year 2016 appropriations for the agency.  The cut came as a surprise because the agency historically has enjoyed bipartisan support. The president’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, made Trump’s intentions clear at a press conference last week.  “This…

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ASBMB statement on President Donald J. Trump’s executive order restricting immigration ?>

ASBMB statement on President Donald J. Trump’s executive order restricting immigration

In response to an executive order on immigration issued by President Donald J. Trump on Friday, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology released the following statement: The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, an organization representing more than 11,000 biomedical researchers, educators and students, is concerned about the potential impact on the nation’s biomedical enterprise resulting from President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations. The ASBMB is an international organization. Some of its…

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Transition Update – One week in ?>

Transition Update – One week in

Transition Updates President-elect Donald Trump is putting together his Cabinet. It was widely reported yesterday that neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate Ben Carson took himself out of the running for consideration as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, citing his lack of experience in running an agency.  Others in the running for the top spot at HHS include House budget committee chair Tom Price of Georgia, former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and former House speaker Newt…

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A farewell to the ASBMB ?>

A farewell to the ASBMB

Today I bid farewell to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. After three and a half years at the ASBMB, I will start in a new position next week as the director of Rescuing Biomedical Research. I have enjoyed my time at the ASBMB mostly because I have been able to work on, and make significant contributions to, the issues that matter most to me. As a postdoctoral scholar, I was drawn to science policy by the deficiencies…

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The ASBMB Sustainability Summit ?>

The ASBMB Sustainability Summit

Training periods and trainee populations have increased over the past decade despite stagnant federal funding, resulting in a research workforce that is expanding beyond the capacity of the available funding to support it. A variety of groups have written reports describing these problems in great detail and made a series of recommendations to fix them. The Public Affairs Advisory Committee of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has also been working on issues concerning the sustainability of the…

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Winners announced from ASBMB / FOR joint Hack Day ?>

Winners announced from ASBMB / FOR joint Hack Day

This post was written by Gary McDowell, Cara Weismann and Chris Pickett. The Boston Future of Research recently held its second symposium focusing on data collection and transparency regarding career opportunities in the scientific enterprise. The discussion covered the data that should be collected, by whom and for what purpose. The conversations also touched on the size, structure and composition of the research workforce and barriers to reform. On Oct. 24, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in…

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The decline of the postdoc population and research enterprise sustainability ?>

The decline of the postdoc population and research enterprise sustainability

A recent paper published in the FASEB Journal presents data demonstrating the population of postdoctoral scholars at degree-granting institutions peaked in 2010 and has been declining through 2013. These data are derived from the National Science Foundation’s annual Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates. The data show that the decline in the number of postdocs at U.S. degree-granting institutions has occurred for international and domestic postdocs as well as men and women, although, the decline is steepest among U.S. men….

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