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Science Policy Roundup: December 8, 2017

Published on:Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:28:50 +0000
Category: ASBMB

ASBMB members urge Congress to remove graduate student tax from the final tax reform effort So far, 1,013 ASBMB members have sent 3,106 letters to 369 members of Congress in a push to ensure that the repeal of the graduate student tuition tax waiver does not make it onto the final tax reform bill. The bill is in conference committee, as the House and Senate negotiators are amending the legislation to ensure passage through both chambers. Take action here. Episode...

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For members, by members

Published on:Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:00:55 +0000
Category: ASBMB

  In the October issue of ASBMB Today, Rick Page, a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee, provided an overview of the PAACs meetings with leaders at the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation in the spring. View the article here. Below are additional highlights from the agency meetings. National Institute of General Medical Sciences Update on the R35 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award program NIGMS officials expect to reach...

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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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