Category Archives: Research Data and Informatics

Senators Voice Support for Agricultural Research at Two Hearings

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue expressed his support for a number of the department’s programs during a Senate Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on June 13. He testified on the Trump Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request of for the Department of Agriculture (USDA).  In his opening statement, Subcommittee Chairman John Hoeven (R-ND) stated concern… Read More »

FASEB provides feedback to NIH on genotype and phenotype database

On April 5, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) summited comments in response to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Request for Information (RFI) on “Processes for dbGaP Data Submission, Access, and Management” (NOT-OD-17-044). The dbGaP Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes was developed to store and share data from human studies. FASEB’s comments… Read More »

FASEB launches survey on shared research resources

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) launched a survey of researchers’ experiences with shared research resources. Responses are requested from resource users and providers in the United States by March 2. The questions in this 10-15 minutes survey focus on the following topics: (1) resource utilization and unmet needs; (2) the role… Read More »

NSF initiative aims to increase diversity in STEM

The October 13–14 meeting of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Committee on Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering revealed details about a new program aimed at broadening the participation of underrepresented populations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The program, entitled Inclusion across the Nation of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Science and Engineering (NSF… Read More »

NIH webinar series teaches data science

This fall, the National Institutes of Health Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative launched a weekly webinar series on the “Fundamentals of Data Science.” The virtual lectures provide an introduction to key aspects of data science, from data management to computation, statistical inference, and databases. The series assumes no prior knowledge or proficiency in data… Read More »

FASEB hosts science policy symposium on research evaluation

How should a scientist’s contributions be measured and evaluated? On August 10 and 11, the Science Policy Committee of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology participated in a symposium and discussion titled “Making an Impact: Evaluating Research and Investigators’ Contributions in the Biological Sciences.” The event began on August 10 with a keynote… Read More »

FASEB issues statement on data management and access

Quality data management and appropriate data access are essential to scientific progress and achieving the maximal benefits of research. With the expanding ways investigators collect, utilize, and share data, it has been difficult to identify strategies to enhance data practices that are practical and relevant for all life science fields. The Federation of American Societies… Read More »