About the Committee
The committee’s major role is to advise the Society and its leadership on public policy issues related to cell biology and the basic biomedical research community, with attention to research funding and relevant science policies. The committee, its members, and staff meet with Members of Congress and other government officials to educate them about implications of proposed policy measures on the cell biology community, and provide advice on funding priorities and other matters relevant to cell biology. The committee is also responsible for educating ASCB members on grassroots advocacy activities and alerting them to advocacy opportunities.
- Monitor legislation in Congress
- Provide analysis and review of legislation on Capitol Hill and Administration policy proposals
- Build and maintain relationships with Members of Congress and their staff
- Comment on draft federal agency policy proposals
- Publish White Papers on cutting-edge topics important to the scientific community
- Educate ASCB members on grassroots advocacy including how to start Student Policy and Advocacy Groups
- Award an annual ASCB Public Service Award
- Organize science policy advocacy sessions at the ASCB/EMBO Meeting
- ASCB Leadership Hill Day - After the ASCB Council and leadership meet in Washington, DC each summer, ASCB leaders spend a day meeting with members of Congress and their staff discussing issues important to the ASCB community.
- Advocacy Training - At each ASCB| EMBO Annual Meeting, the Public Policy Committee sponsors training session on important tools scientists need to improve their advocacy skills.
- Public Service Award - The Society’s highest honor for public service, selected by the ASCB Public Policy Committee. The ASCB Public Service Award recognizes outstanding national leadership in support of biomedical research.