Opinion by Tom Pollard

For background and information on the GSI and NGRI, click here Given that the problems are obvious, the strength of the pushback NIH has received on the GSI is amazing. I discussed the issues informally with a range of NIH-funded investigators. I have been trying  … Read more

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

Marchers raise your hands!; ASCB leadership visits capitol hill; FY18 budget proposal calls for massive cuts to NIH, NSF
July/August 2017 Newsletter

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

The road to equality: the successes and the needs of LGBTQ+ biomedical scientists

Some Progress Has Been Made Around the world and the United States, June is known as Pride Month. While media outlets tend to focus on the celebrations in different cities, Pride Month is in fact a reminder of the fight for equality. Sexual orientation and  … Read more

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

Congress sets its own NIH budget, ignoring proposals from two administrations
June 2017 Newsletter

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

ASCB Marches: After the dust settles

On April 22, more than 1 million scientists and science advocates gathered in 610 cities around the world to call for more evidence-based decision making, support for scientific research and education, and respect for unbiased expert analyses. ASCB members similarly showed up in force to  … Read more

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

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

Trump Budget Would be Catastrophic for NIH; Better Never Than Late
May 2017 Newsletter

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