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


Tax cut bill could raise taxes for graduate students

Congress is quickly working on a bill that, if passed, would make major changes to the U.S. tax system, including tax reductions that would reduce the amount of revenue coming into the federal government. The 400-page bill approved on Thursday afternoon by the House Ways  … Read more

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Hostility to science is spreading; Congressional budget resolution may foretell large cuts for science

Hostility to science is spreading The results of the September 24 German elections are in, and Angela Merkel should serve a fourth term as German chancellor. The issues that drove the debate in the German election were very similar to the issues debated during the  … Read more

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How will you celebrate World Science Day?

Every year, the world celebrates World Science Day for Peace and Development on November 10. The event was created in 2001 by the United Nations as a way to highlight the role science plays in society. The annual celebration also focuses attention on the need  … Read more

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Will Congress set back fetal tissue research?; Congress poised to reject Trump cuts to NIH, NSF budgets

Will Congress Set Back Fetal Tissue Research? In the weeks before Congress adjourned for its August recess, the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations lit the fuse to a legislative bomb. It didn’t make the news, it wasn’t tweeted, and most people on Capitol Hill  … Read more

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ASCB fights to protect H1-B Visas; Science funding faring better in Congress than in the Trump budget

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

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Scientists helping scientists

As the rains from Hurricane Harvey came to an end along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, the generosity of ASCB members showed itself once again with offers of support ranging from bench space to places to stay. ASCB members from as far away as  … Read more

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

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

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Marchers raise your hands!; ASCB leadership visits capitol hill; FY18 budget proposal calls for massive cuts to NIH, NSF

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

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ASCB statement on the reappointment of Francis Collins as NIH director

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is pleased with the announcement by the White House that Francis Collins has been permanently reappointed as Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). Since being selected by President Obama in 2009 to lead the NIH,  … Read more

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Congress sets its own NIH budget, ignoring proposals from two administrations

When the FY17 budget for the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) was signed into law on May 5, 2017, six months behind schedule, it was noteworthy for at least two reasons. First, the budget was increased by $2 billion for the second year in  … Read more

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