AIBS Public Policy Report: June 16, 2014.

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The AIBS Public Policy report for June 16, 2014 has a lot of exciting stuff (including reducing administrative paperwork for researchers!!!). Snippets below with links, full report here.

Senate to Debate Spending Package, Proposes Increase for NSF

The U.S. Senate is preparing to consider a package of three appropriations bills to fund a diverse array of federal programs ranging from affordable housing to fisheries management to basic research. The minibus, as the package of bills is called, includes annual funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research programs.

House Subcommittees Express Bipartisan Support for Reducing Administrative Workload of Researchers

On 12 June 2014, the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Subcommittee on Research and Technology held a joint hearing on “Reducing the Administrative Workload for Federally Funded Research.” The hearing examined ways to reduce the administrative paperwork required for research funded by federal grants.

Report Finds STEM Careers Fared Better Than Others Through Recession, Have Recovered “Substantially”

Participate in the Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits

The Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits is a national initiative is an opportunity for biologists across the country to meet with their federal or state elected officials to showcase the people, facilities, and equipment that are required to support and conduct scientific research.

 

Science Quotable: Steven Salzberg #DefenderofScience

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In this week’s Science magazine, former Republican Congressman John Porter calls on scientists to “speak up for research.” Well, I’m all in.

We’re in the midst of a remarkable stream of scientific and medical advances, spurred by dramatic advances in biotechnology, computing, and miniaturization. Our knowledge of biology has led to amazing leaps in our understanding of aging, immune responses, inherited diseases,  and brain function, to name but a few. And yet we’re cutting science funding, year after year.

Meanwhile, eight of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. are diseases that we might cure through better research, including heart disease (#1), cancer (#2), Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and kidney disease. We already have far better treatments for these diseases than we had a few decades ago, thanks to our past investments in biomedical research.

In an Editorial on Forbes.com, Steven Salzberg takes the advice of John Porter.

NIH awards $25 million to J. Craig Venter Institute for infectious disease research

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Will Dunham writing for Reuters announces NIH funding of infectious disease research to the tune of 25 million over 5 years. The awarded money is to focus on infectious disease at the genetic level. More funding is always good! Congrats to the J. Craig Venter Institute!

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has awarded $25 million to the J. Craig Venter Institute to back an initiative to study infectious diseases like malaria and influenza at the genetic level to help find better treatments and preventive measures.

The institute, with offices in Maryland and California, will use the 5-year grant from NIH to establish the Genome Center for Infectious Diseases to study the genetic secrets of a wide range of bacteria, viruses and parasites, officials said on Thursday.