ASBMB has maintained an active public affairs program since 1985. The society's public affairs and advocacy efforts are overseen by the Public Affairs Advisory Committee (PAAC), which monitors and responds to all matters political social and philosophical relating to the government's role in the practice of modern science In accordance with ASBMB bylaws, the PAAC manages the relationship of the society to the general public and serves and advises the society leadership on issues in which the membership has an interest. The PAAC also oversees the society's Public Affairs Office and sets the agenda for activities, works to publicize the society's views, and sponsors relevant events.
Public Affairs Activities
The society's current public affairs activities include:
- Capitol Hill visits by members of the PAAC and other members of the society
- Meetings with leadership at science funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation
- Interactions with coalition partners
- Regular contributions to the ASBMB Policy Blotter, the society's policy-themed blog
- Monthly articles for ASBMB's magazine, ASBMB Today
- Distribution of a monthly e-news letter the ASBMB Advocate to members of the society's Local Advocates Network who want to stay informed of current policy issues
- Awarding the Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award
- Administering the society's Science Policy Fellowship
We have also developed an Advocacy Tool Kit that contains materials for use by ASBMB members in their advocacy efforts.
If you are interested in getting involved sign up for the Local Advocates Network to receive the ASBMB Advocate, the monthly science policy e-newsletter from the Office of Public Affairs!
We are always interested in feedback. Please contact the ASBMB's Public Affairs Director, Benjamin Corb with any questions or concerns.
ASBMB Public Affairs Office
Director of Public Affairs
11200 Rockville Pike
Rockville MD 20850-3110 USA