From ASBMB Today

April 2018 - We want you to be apart of #ASBMBHillDay

Members of the Public Affairs Advisory Committee and 20 student scientists from across the country will descend on Washington this month for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Capitol Hill Day. Hill Day is one of our most exciting events. We will take thousands of steps in the marble hallways of Capitol Hill, attending more than 100 meetings with elected officials and their staffs all in one fast-paced day. Participants will discuss the need for increased and sustainable funding for the scientific enterprise and for Congress to put forth a legislative agenda to ensure a fertile environment for American science. Read more here.  

March 2018 - Appropriations season - what we want and how to help

As the calendar turns to March, appropriations season begins on Capitol Hill and advocates from every constituency kick their efforts into high gear. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is no different, and we enter this spring with an invigorated interest in increasing the research budgets at the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. For fiscal year 2019, we are calling on Congress to increase federal investments in the life sciences by 8 percent at all agencies. Particularly of interest to the ASBMB community is that this would mean an increase of $2.6 billion to the NIH, $600 million to the NSF and $430 million to the DOE’s Office of Science. Read more here.  

January 2018 - Planning for an active 2018

As 2017 turns to 2018, the Public Affairs Advisory Committee and your public affairs team look forward to an exciting year with new opportunities and programs to enhance the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s advocacy and science policy efforts. Read more here.

December 2017 - Looking back on a year of awakening

As 2017 winds to an end, we’re taking stock of what the year has delivered for the biomedical research community. We have had reasons to be frustrated, reasons to celebrate and reasons to scratch our heads. Let’s look back. Read more here.  

November 2017 - We’re thinking about the future of funding — and looking for your two cents

The National Institutes of Health has issued not one but two proposals this year aimed at funding as many grants and as many investigators as possible, even if the pot of money for grants is not increasing. Specifically, NIH leaders are concerned about how to ensure that the research enterprise is taking the steps necessary to support the next generation of researchers. Read more here. 

October 2017 - It’s official — the president has a science problem

President Donald Trump’s first week in office gave us hints that his administration would view science differently than we were used to. It started with  reports of gag orders  restricting government scientists from speaking to the press and included a travel ban that trapped foreign-born scientists in pseudo-detention at airports across the country while their immigration statuses were scrutinized. Read more here. 

September 2017 - Congress must act on funding

The unfortunate reality of partisan politics and Congress’ inability to perform its usual duties has made the budget and appropriations process little more than the legislative version of a Rube Goldberg machine, where even the simplest and least contentious points are complicated by unnecessarily complex hurdles. Read more here. 

August 2017 - Washington is listening — and we’ve got a story to tell

Politics in 2017 has become a full-contact sport. Whether it’s the debate surrounding the future of health care, an ever-evolving policy on immigration or a never-ending stream of analyses related to the 2016 election, there is no lack of story lines spurring partisan political activities and filling the voicemails and email inboxes of policymakers. As the summer churns on and we reach the August recess, when members of Congress leave Washington to spend time in their home districts, opportunities emerge to talk about the issues important to you and to make a difference for your colleagues. Read more here .

June-July 2017 - Grassroots advocacy starts with you

uring the  Public Affairs Advisory Committee’s  town hall event at Experimental Biology 2017, the committee announced the launch of the Grassroots Advocacy Network. The network is intended to provide a host of advocacy options for American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology members across the country as well as to offer leadership opportunities for members who have a strong interest in being a voice for biomedical research. To date, nearly 200 of your colleagues from 35 states have signed up to be a part of the network. Read more here.  

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 .

January 2017 - Hope and concern

Happy New Year! We enter 2017 with a sense of hope and optimism, tinted with a deep sense of concern and realism about the challenging environment we have ahead of us. Read more  here .

December 2016 - Election rattles biomedical research community

Ben Corb gives a recap of the presidential election results. 

November 2016 - A lot at stake

With Election Day just a few days away, Ben Corb provides his suggestions for what to watch for in the outcomes and their possible impact on the scientific community.

October 2016 - Vote!

Ben Corb compares the two front runners for the presidency of the U.S.

September 2016 - Recess is over and there's still lots to do

Congress returns back from recess with appropriation bills needing to be passed.   Ben Corb lays out the path ahead and how a continuing resolution could affect the community. 

August 2016 - We're excited, sort of

With Congress poised to provide a $2 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health's budget Ben Corb express why we should have tempered optimism  moving forward. 

June and July 2016 - Advocating better, together

Ben Corb advocates for collaboration among all facets of the community to push lawmakers to adequately fund science. 

May 2016 - Better funding to weather public health crises

Ben Corb makes the case for Congress to provide sufficient funding to deal with public health risks before they rise. 

April 2016 - Funding climate may change if some get their way

Ben Corb provides an update on the research funding climate in Congress. 

Match 2016 - Gene-editing summit

Sarah Martin gives some insight on gene editing and the International Summit on Human Gene Editing.  

February 2016 - Not your standard advocacy

Chris Pickett provides a report out on the ASBMB's hack-a-thon and other alternative ways to advocate for research. 

January 2016 - What's on tap for 2016

Ben Corb lays out advocacy plans for the year. 

December 2015 - Science policy year in review

Chris Pickett provides a recap of the year.

November 2015 - Next-generation researchers find allies on the Hill

Sarah Martin reports on the Next Generation of Researchers Initiative. 

October 2015 - Is the Precision Medicine Initiative really necessary?

ASBMB's public affairs staff discuss the necessity of the Precision Medicine Initiative.

September 2015 - A measured response to reproducibility problems

Chris Pickett reports on the issue of reproducibility and the steps some entities are taking to rectify it. 

August 2015 - A step toward sustainability

Sarah Martin provides suggestions on how to sustain the biomedical research enterprise.

June and July 2015 - Young scientists advocate for research funding on the Hill

Students and researchers engage lawmakers in discussions about roles of science, scientists in policymaking.  

May 2015 - Efforts to sustain the research enterprise

The ASBMB’s sustainability efforts are focused on achieving consensus among the stakeholders on important issues like science funding, regulation and training. Ben Corb and Chris Pickett provide some insight on ASBMB's efforts in this space. 

April 2015 - The blessing and curse of legislating science

 Chris Pickett outlines the pros and cons of legislation on science

March 2015 - Who should be funding biomedical research?

Ben Corb and Chris Pickett address non-federal funding sources as a way to fund essential biomedical research. 

February 2015 - The Department of Defense wants you!

Members of the Public Affairs Advisory Committee meet with representatives at the Department of Defense about funding opportunities available to ASBMB members . 

January 2015 - New year. New focus. New opportunities!Ben Corb outlines some initiatives we’re looking forward to introducing in the coming months.
December 2014 - The policy year in reviewChris Pickett rounds the year up with update of thing that have transpired at the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and Congress.
November 2014 - On posturing and policy

Ben Corb dispels the policy recommendation of some legislators and provides them with a way to adequately support the biomedical research enterprise.

October 2014 - Bucket of ice water – dose of reality

Use the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to start discussions on the importance of federal funding for biomedical research.

September 2014 - Regular maintenance requiredHow do you get your members of Congress to care about biomedical research?
August 2014 - Water, water everywhere – and not a drop to drinkCongressional champions for biomedical research are critical to ensure the needs of the community are served.
June 2014 - A challenge reissuedTwo years ago, ASBMB Director of Public Affairs Ben Corb issued a challenge to ASBMB members to hold 100 meetings with their members of Congress during the summer recess. Now, we're issuing a new challenge to the members.
May 2014 - Making scientific research a priority for Congress

Making scientific research a priority for Congress

April 2014 - Proposed American Cures Act is not a long-term solution to research-funding woes

Proposed American Cures Act is not a long-term solution to research-funding woes

March 2014 - When agreement isn’t enough

When agreement isn't enough

February 2014 - A new reproducibility initiative at the NIH

A new reproducibility initiative at the NIH

January 2014 - When you’re going through hell — keep going

When you're going through hell - keep going