Policy & Outreach

Public policy development, science advocacy, and public outreach are closely connected. Public policy development depends heavily on strong science advocacy. And outreach to the public is critical to ensuring sound science policy.

The ASCB offers a wide range of tools to help members improve their skills in science advocacy, science policy development, and science outreach.

The Advocacy & Policy section features tips on how to be a science policy advocate along with information on the policy positions taken by the ASCB. The Science Outreach section includes opportunities for ASCB members to engage in public outreach.

Science outreach in the social media era

June 28, 2019

The importance of social media in our lives—the good, the bad, and everything in between—is not surprising to anyone. The spread of misinformation is a critical issue, however, because social media is the primary source of information for…

Important NIH regulations on foreign financial connections

June 25, 2019

Recent science media attention has focused on foreign nations stealing data and research results from research laboratories in the United States. U.S. intelligence agencies and Congress are addressing the matter. The issue has highlighted the need for members…

Good news so far for NIH budget

June 25, 2019

Recent congressional hearings on the FY20 U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget were a bipartisan lovefest. The support for NIH that was evident in congressional oversight hearings before both the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor,…

ASCB opposes Trump Administration’s halt to fetal tissue research

June 6, 2019

The American Society for Cell Biology, a professional society of more than 8,000 basic biomedical researchers in all 50 states and 60 countries around the world, strongly opposes the decision by the Trump White House to halt the…

Ways to engage with your members of Congress

May 31, 2019

What does it take to schedule a meeting with members of Congress? Or their staffers? A lofty title or prestigious law degree? I imagined scheduling a meeting with my members of Congress would require credentials higher than “graduate…

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