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Science policy news weekly update: July 14, 2017

Published on:Fri, 14 Jul 2017 20:00:36 +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 This week, the House Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations subcommittee released a draft fiscal 2018 spending bill, which included a $1.1 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health.…

Agencies avoid major hit in 2018 draft House appropriations bill

Published on:Fri, 14 Jul 2017 19:32:19 +0000
Category: House Appropriations Committee

  This week, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee released three draft appropriations bills for fiscal year 2018 for a variety of agencies, including those related to science.  The drafts include reductions in discretionary funds over 2017 levels. While the committee recommends funding most of the National Science Foundation’s programs at fiscal 2017 levels, rejecting proposed…

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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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