Restarting the federal government; not like throwing a switch

The 35-day government shut down finally ended on January 25, 2019. Getting the operations of the federal government up and running again, however, has not simply been like turning on a switch. The impact of the shutdown on federal science agencies went beyond those agencies  … Read more

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A good day at the polls for life science

The results of the Congressional elections on Tuesday have a little something to make everyone happy and a little something to make them sad. The life science research community in the United States should feel good about its position coming out of the election. The  … Read more

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Will Trump Restructure the NIH?

How many times have you complained about something the federal government does that doesn’t make sense to you, finishing with, “If I were president, I would change that”? Even if you can get yourself elected president you may not be able to make all the  … Read more

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Toward a MIRAtocracy: An Interview with NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch

Jon Lorsch is arguably one of the most influential scientific public leaders in the United States for the ASCB constituency. As Director of the National Institute of General Medicial Sciences (NIGMS) since 2013, he guides a multibillion dollar enterprise that funds over 10% of National  … Read more

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Jodi Nunnari’s full interview with NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch

Editor’s Note: What follows is the complete transcript of an interview conducted by ASCB President Jodi Nunnari with Jon Lorsch, director of the National Institute of General Medical Services (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on February 22, 2018. The text was edited  … Read more

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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

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ASCB fights to protect H1-B Visas; Science funding faring better in Congress than in the Trump budget

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

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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

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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

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ASCB statement on Trump Fy17 budget proposal

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) strongly urges Congress and the Trump Administration to recognize the benefits research has to our nation, including its role as an economic driver. In particular, the ASCB calls on Congress to ignore the Trump cuts and ratify the  … Read more

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