Over the summer, the Office of Public Affairs revamped the ASBMB advocacy website to make it even more accessible and helpful to our members who are looking to break into the world of science advocacy. Here’s a breakdown of some of the items you’ll find:
Home page: Science policy issues arise almost daily. The Latest News section gives quick synopses of recent news items and links to more detailed stories reported by other news organizations that are followed by people interested in science policy. Occasionally, the Breaking News link is activated. This section broadcasts high-profile stories that are unfolding in real time and may need immediate action from the research community. The From the Policy Blog section lists the most recent posts from the ASBMB Policy Blotter, the official blog of ASBMB, where we report on the latest policy issues that affect our members. The home page also includes a listing of detailed policy articles written for ASBMB Today.
Those who are interested in becoming more deeply involved in science policy can click on the Getting Involved button to sign up for the Local Advocates Network. By joining the LAN, you receive the ASBMB Advocate, a monthly science policy e-newsletter from the Office of Public Affairs, and updates on science policy issues that are happening in your area. You also can subscribe to the ASBMB Policy Blotter RSS feed to be updated on issues like the congressional appropriations process; National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation organization; and science, technology, engineering and math education and training issues. Finally, use the Update on Appropriations icon to track the status of funding bills in the congressional appropriations process.
About the PAAC: Find out about the members of the Public Affairs Advisory Committee and explore the various ways in which the committee works to represent you.