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NEWS
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Why Cell Biology
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Responding to
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2014 Annual Meeting
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NSF, continued on p.9
The two 2014 nominees for ASCB President-
Elect are Ray Deshaies, California Institute of
Technology/HHMI, and Peter Walter, University
of California, San Francisco/HHMI. The elected
candidate will serve on the Society’s Executive
Committee as President-Elect in 2015, ASCB
President in 2016, and Past President in 2017.
Also on the ballot are Treasurer nominee Gary J.
Gorbsky, who is running unopposed, and Secretary
nominee Kathleen J. Green, who is running
unopposed for a second term.
Also on the ballot are eight candidates (see page
6) running for four Council seats. Those who are
elected will start three-year terms on January 1, 2015.
ASCB emailed a link to the Society’s electronic ballot and candidate biographies to regular,
postdoc, and emeritus members on April 1. The election will close on April 30, and results will
be announced in the May issue of the
ASCB Newsletter.
Please contact the ASCB if you did not
receive the email.
A bill that would make significant changes to the National Science Foundation (NSF) has begun
to make its way through Congress. The bill, the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and
Technology (FIRST) Act, makes funding and policy changes to a number of federal science agencies,
including the NSF, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Office of Science
and Technology Policy. At NSF, it would reduce funding in some research areas, tighten grantee
eligibility for funding, and put in place relatively weak requirements for access to the results of
funded research.
The substance of the bill and the tone of the initial debate in the House Science, Space, and
Technology Committee highlight the differing views of science and the difficult relationships that
are present in Congress. Staff for the committee has been working on issues addressed in the bill for
a while. ASCB’s Public Policy Director Kevin Wilson had several meetings with committee staff last
year, and members of the ASCB leadership had a lengthy meeting with the committee staff during
the June
2013 ASCB Council Hill Day. The scope of the FIRST bill is not as wide as originally
ASCB Helps Narrow Scope of House
Bill to Restrict NSF, Other Agencies
Concerns Remain about Cuts, Tightened Eligibility for Grants
Deshaies, Walter Run for ASCB
President
Secretary, Treasurer Run Unopposed; Eight Candidates Seek
Council Seats
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Ray Deshaies
California Institute of
Technology/HHMI
Peter Walter
University of California
San Francisco/HHMI
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