The ASBMB/FOR Hack Day is only 10 days away

Are you concerned about the job prospects for biomedical postdocs? Have you been frustrated by an apparent lack of data and information on career paths? Now is your chance to make your voice heard by taking part in the joint American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology / Future of Research Hack Day will be…

Science policy news: weekly roundup: September 25, 2015

The roundup is formatted with the title of the story, followed by the news source in parentheses and a brief summary. If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to smartin@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup.   Breaking News: Speaker John Boehner retiring from Congress at the end of October (Politico)

Announcing the ASBMB/FOR Hack Day on Oct. 24

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is pleased to announce a partnership with the Boston Future of Research to jointly host a Hack Day on Saturday, Oct. 24 to find innovative solutions to collecting data and tracking biomedical scientists throughout their careers. Graduate student and postdoc populations have increased significantly over the past…

A Strategic Plan for the NIH

The fiscal 2015 spending package that became law carried a provision directing the National Institutes of Health to develop its first strategic plan. Lawrence Tabak, principle deputy director of the NIH, presented the current framework of the strategic plan at a meeting of the Advisory Council to the Director last week. This was followed by…

Toward a sustainable biomedical research enterprise: More work required

On Monday, members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology published a Perspective in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Toward a sustainable biomedical research enterprise: Finding consensus and implementing recommendations” describes eight recommendations addressing some of the most pressing problems faced by the enterprise. Today’s post will discuss the ASBMB’s…

Toward a sustainable biomedical research enterprise: Coordinated implementation of recommendations

Yesterday, members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology published a Perspective in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Toward a sustainable biomedical research enterprise: Finding consensus and implementing recommendations” describes eight recommendations addressing some of the most pressing problems faced by the enterprise. Today’s post will focus on coordinated implementation…

Toward a sustainable biomedical research enterprise: An author’s perspective

Today, members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology published a Perspective in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Toward a sustainable biomedical research enterprise: Finding consensus and implementing recommendations” describes eight recommendations addressing some of the most pressing problems faced by the enterprise. This post is a synopsis of what…

Research reproducibility rises to the top

The National Institutes of Health and a highly publicized perspective recently focused the attention of the biomedical research community on reproducibility and rigor. The NIH has been working on reproducibility and rigor for several years since the publication of reports from industry leaders claiming most preclinical research was irreproducible. While NIH policies on research reproducibility…