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Science policy news weekly update: May 26, 2017

Published on:Fri, 26 May 2017 20:00:38 +0000
Category: Roundup

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, recaps this week’s U.S. House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee hearing on how much of overhead costs for research…

House Committee on Science, Space, &Technology hearing: examining the overhead cost of research

Published on:Thu, 25 May 2017 16:57:03 +0000
Category: Congress

  This week, the U.S. House Science, Space, & Technology subcommittee on research and technology held a hearing on the overhead cost of research being funded by agencies, including the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. Witnesses included: Dale Bell, division director of institution and award support at NSF; John Neumann, director of…

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May 2017 - Standing up for science

Last month, scientists from across this country and around the world marched in support of science. For many, it was their first time to advocate and make the case for the critical role that science plays in everyone’s lives. It was exciting to see such an impressive turnout. Read more  here .

April 2017 - President's Message: Science Matters

On April 22, people will gather in more than 300 cities across the U.S. and around the world for the  March for Science . The goals of the march are many, but in general, it aims to celebrate science and its vital public service role, promote respect for research and the scientific method, and defend the importance of evidence-based thinking and decision-making. Read more  here .

March 2017 - Let’s talk about reproducibility

In 2015, Leonard Freedman, the founder and president of the Global Biological Standards Initiative, and colleagues published a report that claimed $28 billion worth of biomedical research is irreproducible. The amount accounts for more than 50 percent of all preclinical research grants. Read more  here .

February 2017 - What is in the budget, Mr. President?

The Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 requires the president of the United States to submit a budget to the U.S. Congress for each fiscal year. The law goes so far as to provide a deadline for the submission: It requires that “on or after the first Monday in January but not later than the first Monday in February of each year, the President shall submit a budget of the United States Government for the following fiscal year.” Read more  here .

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