June 2010

America COMPETES Passes Committee


On April 28, the House Science and Technology Committee passed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. But, even as the bill passed 29 to 8 with overwhelming bipartisan support, several Republican members offered amendments to reduce science spending.


ASBMB Members Receive Academy Honors


This past spring, six American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology members were elected to the National Academy of Sciences and eight were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


ASBMB Staff Assists FASEB Hill Day


ASBMB public affairs staff members Peter Farnham and Kyle M. Brown spent May 5 on Capitol Hill, escorting ASBMB members serving on the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology board to meetings with various Congressmen and Senators.


FASEB Listed as Cancer Resource, Publishes New Article on Angiogenesis


The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology recently has been listed as a resource on Cancer.net and also has released a new Breakthroughs in Bioscience article, titled “Life’s Blood: Angiogenesis in Health and Disease."


Highlights from the Blotter

NFTH-iconThe American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Policy Blotter posts regular news and commentary about current science policy issues. Here are some recent highlights from the blog.


JBC Minireview Explores Another Scientific Intersection


Coordinated by Journal of Biological Chemistry Associate Editor Joel M. Gottesfeld and Benjamin F. Cravatt, the new “Chemical Biology Meets Biological Chemistry” minireview series features six articles that emphasize the importance of uniting synthetic chemistry with biochemistry in the study of complex biological processes.


Member Spotlight

spotlight-iconMembers spotlighted: Judith S. Bond, Nina V. Fedoroff, Harold Farrell, John Gerlt, Lila M. Gierasch, Kim Orth, Robert W. Mahley and Roy L. Whistler.


Muchas Gracias, Amigos

Pres-mess-iconBy GREGORY A. PETSKO

First off, let me apologize for not mentioning everybody. It’s just that there have been so many. When I took the job as president-elect of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, three years ago, I never imagined how much help I was going to need and how much I was going to get.


Obey Retirement Shakes up Appropriations Committee, House


“I’m bone tired,” said U.S. Rep. Dave Obey,  D-Wis., in early May when he announced his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives after serving since 1969. The Wisconsin democrat has been chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee since the Democrats took control of the House in 2006 and also has served since then as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, which oversees the National Institutes of Health.

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