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Creating thinking necessary to change culture.

Published on:Fri, 21 Jun 2019 17:38:11 +0000
Category: Uncategorized

Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, announced in a statement last week that he will no longer participate in panels that are not diverse.  Collins noted that women and members of underrepresented groups are “conspicuously missing” from high-level speaker slots and said that it is “time to end the tradition in science of all-male speaking panels, sometimes wryly referred to as ‘manels.’” This move by Collins was clever. He used his platform as the leader of...

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Science policy weekly roundup: June 21, 2019

Published on:Fri, 21 Jun 2019 13:15:20 +0000
Category: Animal Research

Members of Congress question use of nonhuman primates in research Members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a provision in the fiscal year 2020 funding bill to increase oversight of nonhuman primate use in research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  The legislation mandates that the NIH and FDA report how its scientists are using nonhuman primates in their research. While animal rights advocates support this policy, scientists are worried that...

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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.  

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