ASCB fights to protect H1-B Visas; Science funding faring better in Congress than in the Trump budget
September 2017 NewsletterPublic Policy Briefings

Public Policy Briefing ASCB fights to protect H1-B Visas Since taking office, the Trump Administration has agitated for immigration reform, even launching the “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order in April to encourage the U.S. government and private companies to favor American produts and workers.  … Read more

The India March for Science
COMPASS

Four months after the global March for Science was organized in many cities of the world, India observed its own March for Science on August 9, 2017. Marking the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, the India March for Science called for superstitions, divisive  … Read more

Opinion on GSI by Sam Dundon

For background and information on the GSI and NGRI, click here As a postdoctoral researcher in the process of seeking funding, I have had numerous discussions with other postdocs as well as graduate students and undergraduates about the current status of funding opportunities in this  … Read more

Opinions on the GSI

ASCB members may have heard about proposed changes at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to reduce the current hypercompetitive funding atmosphere that currently exists among NIH-funded investigators. Since the Grant Support Index (GSI) program was first announced by the NIH in May, it  … Read more

Opinion by Charles Easley

For background and information on the GSI and NGRI, click here Opinion by Charles Easley As an Early Stage Investigator (ESI) in academia here in the US, it’s becoming harder and harder to tell my trainees that the outlook is positive for them for a  … Read more

Opinion by Mark Peifer

For background and information on the GSI and NGRI, click here Note:  Our current biomedical research enterprise in the US faces a number of significant challenges. Here I focus on one of them—the impact that a flat budget and funding inequities have on mid-career faculty.  … Read more

Opinion by Jessica Polka

For background and information on the GSI and NGRI, click here Even after passing through the bottleneck between a postdoc and a faculty position, early career researchers face an uncertain future. This “survival curve” (found on slide 47 in this deck from Mike Lauer) shows  … Read more

Opinion by Tom Pollard

For background and information on the GSI and NGRI, click here Given that the problems are obvious, the strength of the pushback NIH has received on the GSI is amazing. I discussed the issues informally with a range of NIH-funded investigators. I have been trying  … Read more

Congress spurns sharp spending cuts for National Science Foundation, other federal agencies
DEA

Congress showed its support for the scientific community once again last month as the House Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) subcommittee unveiled its FY718 Appropriations bill, which rejected the White House’s call for drastic cuts to the National Science Foundation (NSF), among other agencies. Assuming  … Read more

Marchers raise your hands!; ASCB leadership visits capitol hill; FY18 budget proposal calls for massive cuts to NIH, NSF
July/August 2017 NewsletterPublic Policy Briefings

Marchers Raise Your Hands! Even before the individual March for Science marches were finished, everyone was asking the same question: “How many people are here?” The organizers of the March allowed time to use the best science available to come up with an estimate for  … Read more