The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Policy Blotter posts regular news and commentary about current science policy issues. Below are some recent highlights from the blog. You can read these and other posts here.
• Spending Concerns Dominate ASBMB Hill Day Meetings
In meetings with members of Congress and their staff, ASBMB members advocated for an increase in the budget for the National Institutes of Health, but, members of Congress were concerned about increasing federal spending further.
• ASBMB Leader Testifies in Support of $7.68 Million Budget for NSF
At a recent Congressional hearing, ASBMB President Gregory Petsko urged members of Congress to support a $7.68 billion budget for the National Science Foundation in 2011.
• “Evolutionary Love Story” Celebrates Darwin’s Legacy
On March 22, a new play celebrating Charles Darwin’s impact debuted at the Bethesda Theatre in Maryland.
• Wisconsin Honors Official Microbe
The Wisconsin State Assembly took an important step toward designating the “unsung hero” of the cheese-making industry as the official state microbe.