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Science policy weekly roundup: December 15, 2017

Published on:Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:19:29 +0000
Category: Budget

  Episode 3 of ‘Pipettes and Politics’ is available The ASBMB public affairs staff released its third episode of its science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics.” The episode covers recent hearings about implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, updates on the GOP tax bill, and the complex negotiations of the FY18 federal budget. The episode ends with the staff discussing their favorite science stories of 2017. Read more here, and listen to it on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud.. ‘Graduate student tax’ is...

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“Pipettes and Politics” Episode 3

Published on:Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:12:53 +0000
Category: ASBMB

The ASBMB has released its third episode of its science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics.” This episode begins with a summary of hearings held to update Congress on the progress of the 21st Century Cures Act. In his testimony to the U.S. House and Senate, National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins emphasized his agency’s commitment to support the next generation of researchers. The ASBMB has responded to the NIH’s blueprint, the Next Generation Researchers Initiative, and its now-scuttled plan, the Grants Support Index. The...

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From ASBMB Today

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 .

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