Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Appropriators Wait for News on A Budget Deal; FASEB Advocates to Raise the Caps; House and Senate Tax Bills Impact Universities; Trump Nominates New Health Secretary The current “continuing resolution” (CR) that is funding government agencies expires December 8, a date that has not escaped the attention of appropriators, who are anxious for Congressional leaders… Read More »

Women of Color in STEM: Progress, Challenges, and New Opportunities

On November 10, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a workshop that explored the current state of women of color working in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The first panel examined progress to date and issues – new or previously… Read More »

Is your research a clinical trial? The answer may surprise you!

Background In October 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a change in its definition of a clinical trial, to take effect in January 2015. The new definition, which applies only to NIH-funded clinical trials, reads: “A research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions… Read More »

ORCID: Connecting Research and Researchers

On November 9, FASEB hosted a roundtable discussion for member societies and other community partners with representatives from ORCID, a not-for-profit that provides unique identifiers to researchers for use in their scholarly activities. In a November 15 blog post, NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research Dr. Michael Lauer announced a new effort that integrates ORCID… Read More »

FASEB Societies Collaborate at Fall Conferences for Underrepresented Students

In early November, FASEB and 15 FASEB member societies joined over 4,300 students, trainees, program directors, academic administrators, grant officials, and others at the 2017 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Phoenix. ABRCMS is the largest professional conference for underrepresented minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Scientific society participation… Read More »

FASEB Policy Update

Last week, FASEB submitted letters on policies of concern to working scientists.  Two of the letters pertained to the humane use of animals in biomedical and biological research, and the third on data science in biomedicine. FASEB addressed the leadership of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Congressional Leadership Begins Conversations about Raising the Budget Caps; Appropriations Committee Hearing Explores Facilities and Administrative Costs With just over a month until the “continuing resolution” (CR) expires on December 8, press reports indicate that congressional leaders have finally begun conversations about raising the Budget Control Act (BCA) spending caps. Increasing the defense and non-defense… Read More »