Kevin M. Wilson serves as Director of Public Policy and Media Relations for The American Society for Cell Biology. He's worked as the Legislative Director for U.S. Congressman Robert Weygand (D-RI) and as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell (D-RI). He has a BA in Politics and American Government from the Catholic University of America. Email: kwilson@ascb.org


ASCB comments on Trump FY18 budget

The Trump Administration has released its final, detailed FY18 federal budget and it is just what was expected: short on funding. The Trump proposal calls for an 18% overall cut for the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) with individual cuts for NIH Institutes and  … Read more

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NIH proposes new funding scheme

On May 2, the NIH made an announcement that will change the way it will fund research. In a post on the NIH Director’s page of the NIH website, NIH Director Francis Collins cited the need to “exercise optimum stewardship” of taxpayers money, a biomedical  … Read more

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Trump Budget Would be Catastrophic for NIH; Better Never Than Late

It’s hard to settle on one word to define the size of the cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) contained in the Trump Administration’s FY18 budget proposal: huge, unprecedented, jaw-dropping, catastrophic. Words defining the impact of the cuts on the American biomedical research  … Read more

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ASCB statement on Trump Fy17 budget proposal

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) strongly urges Congress and the Trump Administration to recognize the benefits research has to our nation, including its role as an economic driver. In particular, the ASCB calls on Congress to ignore the Trump cuts and ratify the  … Read more

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March for Science; Will Science Prevail at HHS?; ASCB Opposes Travel Restrictions

The World Marches for Science The numbers are impressive: more than 300 marches around the world, 239 marches in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and 400,000 Facebook followers. The March for Science, being held on April 22, 2017, began as a Reddit  … Read more

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ASCB dismayed at Trump science budget proposal

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is dismayed at the proposed budget cuts to federal scientific research agencies as outlined in the White House’s recently published fiscal year 2018 budget request. This first proposal of the Trump Administration calls for slashing the National Institutes  … Read more

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ASCB Statement on Second Presidential Executive Order on Immigration

The Executive Order issued on March 6, 2017, by the Trump Administration that bans travel into the United States by residents of six predominantly Muslim countries maintains the same basic flaws found in the Administration’s first attempt to restrict entry into the country. In both  … Read more

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Scientists and Patients Benefit from a Novel Approach to Legislating

Congress gets criticized for many things, but sometimes it gets things right and should be complimented. One of the times it got things right was the way it approached legislation to revamp the U.S. drug discovery process. In 2014, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) realized that  … Read more

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ASCB Ensures Access to Conferences for Federal Scientists

Otto von Bismarck is reported to have said, “Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made.” While it is likely that Bismarck was referring to the contents of laws and the process by which they were made, the time it  … Read more

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The Year of Two Budgets

It’s supposed to be simple: The federal budget year ends on September 30 each year. By that time, Congress is supposed to have passed the 12 appropriations bills that make up the federal budget so the next federal fiscal year can begin on October 1.  … Read more

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