Insiders and Outsiders: NIH Goes Face-to-Face with Cell Biologists

One is an insider who just came in from the outside, the other, an outsider serving as an advisor at the very highest level. But both are key players in the future of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Both will be on stage at  … Read more

The Congressional No-Travel Scientific Award?
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Federal scientists, unpack your bags. That’s the message from Congress, which for a second time in a matter of weeks passed a bill that would severely limit the ability of federal scientists to attend scientific meetings. The first travel ban came when Congress finally agreed  … Read more

The Disappearing Task Force and the High-Tech Workers Immigration Bill
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A member of the House secret task force on immigration reform? No, it’s actor Clayton Moore and his horse, Silver, long, long ago.The inhabitants inside the Washington Beltway love secrets. They love knowing them, they love keeping them, they love letting people know they know  … Read more

A “No Good Options” Moment Faces NIH Budget Makers in Senate

Under the hood with Senate appropriators, researchers should be prepared for sudden moves.Sometimes you actually have to feel sorry for members of Congress. In many ways, the job of a member of Congress is all about making choices—which bills to sponsor, which issues to champion,  … Read more

King for a Day, President All Year

Even in a good year, the document commonly called “the President’s budget” is really just a detailed outline of what programs the President would support if he were king and not president.

Fast Facts: President Obama Releases FY13 Budget Proposal

The FY13 budget request for the U.S. National Institutes of Health is $30.702 billion—unchanged from FY 2012. The budget proposal includes $7.4 billion for the U.S. National Science Foundation—a $340 million (4.8%) increase from FY12. The budget request for the U.S. Department of Energy, Office  … Read more

Congressional Hearings of Interest

Public Policy Congressional Hearings of Interest 2010 9/16/2010 –  Hearing on the Promise of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research   2008 5/8/2008 – House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Stem Cell Science: The Foundation for Future Cures 5/8/2008 – Senate Health, Education, Labor and  … Read more