NIH Loses Funds to Unaccompanied Minors Program
December 2018 Newsletter

On September 5, 2018, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar sent a one-page letter with a nine-page attachment of spreadsheets to the chairs and ranking Democrats of the relevant appropriations committees in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. The letter  … Read more

Senate Procedure and House Practice serve as the guides for how Congress should work.
Regular-ish Order in Congress Leads to Passage of NIH Budget
December 2018 Newsletter

As political tensions rise in Washington, DC, pleas for a return to “Regular Order” grow. Regular Order can mean anything from a more bipartisan way of conducting the nation’s business all the way to a return to the arcane rules that govern the way legislation  … Read more

A good day at the polls for life science

The results of the Congressional elections on Tuesday have a little something to make everyone happy and a little something to make them sad. The life science research community in the United States should feel good about its position coming out of the election. The  … Read more

Opponents Try Fetal Tissue Research Ban Again
October 2018 Newsletter

For the second year in a row, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are trying to prohibit the use of U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funds for research with fetal tissue. The first attempt was in 2017, during the preparation of the  … Read more

Will Trump Restructure the NIH?
October 2018 Newsletter

How many times have you complained about something the federal government does that doesn’t make sense to you, finishing with, “If I were president, I would change that”? Even if you can get yourself elected president you may not be able to make all the  … Read more

Capitol Hill Life Science Fair
October 2018 Newsletter

For the first time in memory, live scientific research came to Capitol Hill in the form of the 2018 Life Science Fair and Reception held on July 18, 2018. The fair, organized by the Coalition for the Life Sciences, had exhibits from eight organizations, including  … Read more

Big Presentation in Historic Location

The location of the meeting was in an out-of-the-way private office at the end of corridors not on the public tours of the Capitol. In fact, the Senate staff member serving as escort had never been to the room before and was not sure of  … Read more

The critical role of coalitions in life science advocacy

I have lived and worked in Washington, DC, my entire life. If there are two words I am familiar with they are “funding” and “lobbying.” As a student with a major in the life sciences, I’ve learned about research, studies, grants, and support. What I  … Read more

NIGMS Redefines Graduate Training
August 2018 Newsletter

During his interview with ASCB President Jodi Nunnari,1 Jon Lorsch, director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), gave her a hint of the upcoming changes to the NIGMS training program. In describing the changes, Lorsch said “We’re focused on improving the diversity  … Read more

A Good Bill with Bad Implications

Since 2011, Representative William Lacy Clay (D-MO) has introduced a bill in each Congress with a very noble goal: to require that appointments to federal agency advisory committees be made without consideration of political involvement or party membership. Unfortunately, the good intentions also could mean  … Read more