ASCB issues comments on Next Generation Researchers Initiative

Soon after the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the creation of the Grant Support Index (GSI) in May 2017, the ASCB Executive Committee asked the Public Policy Committee (PPC) to review the new proposal and provide them with a position paper. The GSI  … Read more

Montell offers guidance for bringing politicians into the lab

The American Society for Cell Biology encourages its members to write letters to their local government official, meet with members of Congress on Hill Day, or otherwise engage with the policy-making process in any way that they can, especially with regards to how it affects  … Read more

Senate passes tax bill in the dark of the night
In The News

Just after 2 am December 2, the United States Senate passed a bill that makes significant changes to the American tax system. Days earlier, the House of Representatives passed a similar bill. One of the changes in the bill passed by the House of Representatives,  … Read more

Tax cut bill could raise taxes for graduate students
In The News

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

Hostility to science is spreading; Congressional budget resolution may foretell large cuts for science
November/December 2017 NewsletterPublic Policy Briefings

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

ASCB among founding members of newly launched Scientific Society Publisher Alliance

A group of prestigious not-for-profit scientific membership societies, including the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), have announced the launch of the Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA), an initiative focused on building awareness of and support for publication of scientific research by scientist-run scientific societies.  … Read more

Preprint comments: boon or ‘bog?’

The ultimate benefit of preprints (scientific manuscripts posted online before the completion of peer review) is the acceleration of discovery by making work available to scientific colleagues without delay. But there are many ways preprints benefit individual authors, too. One of the most immediate is  … Read more

Will Congress set back fetal tissue research?; Congress poised to reject Trump cuts to NIH, NSF budgets
October 2017 NewsletterPublic Policy Briefings

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

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

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