November 2010

Legislative Update

Highlights from the Policy Blotter

The ASBMB Policy Blotter blog posts regular news and commentary about current science policy issues. Below are some recent highlights.

• Recent Reports Highlight STEM Education
STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education has been the focus of a series of reports released by different governmental agencies within the past few weeks.

• National Science Foundation Has New Director
On Sept. 29, the U.S. Senate confirmed Subra Suresh, President Barack Obama’s nominee for director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), for a six-year term.

• Science Featured In National Events
Science is in the national spotlight as events and award ceremonies around the country take place.

Suresh holds a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, a master’s degree from Iowa State University and a doctor of science degree from MIT in 1981.

Suresh was nominated by President Obama to become the new NSF director on June 8. He replaces Arden L. Bement, Jr., who led the agency from 2004 until he resigned in May of this year.

NSF’s budget for 2010 is $6.9 billion. The agency’s budget request for 2011 is $7.4 billion, an 8 percent increase over 2010, which supports the President’s goal of increasing the nation’s total public and private investment in research and development to at least 3 percent of the gross domestic product.

Election Day – Nov. 2

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, Americans will take to the polls and exercise the most important right we have in a democracy. Whether you are a Democrat, a Republican or other…take the time on Tuesday to vote. The next Congress has some very serious issues to contend with, including a struggling economy and a growing deficient. The decisions they make may directly impact you, your lab and your ability to conduct the vital research you do on a daily basis.

Benjamin W. Corb ( is director of public affairs at ASBMB.


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