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Debt ceiling: Where’s the drama?

Scientists with grant awards from a federal science funding agency depend on the agency to follow through on its obligation to make payments on these awards. But payment depends on the government having sufficient cash to satisfy its obligations. While normally not a problem, a breach of the government’s debt ceiling could put these and…

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Apply for ASBMB’s 2014 Spring Hill Day!

The deadline to sign up for ASBMB’s Hill Day is fast approaching. Apply by this Friday, Feb. 14! Are you concerned with the current science-funding situation in the U.S.? Do you want to enact change? An in-person meeting with your congressional representative can make a large difference on issues of funding and science legislation. The…

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Science Policy Roundup: January 31, 2014

The world of science policy can be hard to keep up with, especially when a scientist is consumed at the bench. That’s where the Policy Blotter comes in! The Science Policy Roundup features the week’s science policy news. The highlight in the science policy world this week was President Obama’s State of the Union Address.…

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A recap of the #SOTUScience game

The ASBMB Public Affairs staff devised a game for the State of the Union address in which players guessed what would happen during the speech. Here is how the game was scored (correct answers in bold): 1. Once he is announced in the House chamber, how long will it take for President Obama to begin…

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Scientific research in the State of the Union address

Last night, President Obama delivered his 2014 State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Obama covered many topics and made several comments about the importance of scientific research to the well-being of the country. The ASBMB is appreciative of Obama’s reaffirmation of his administration’s commitment to supporting research. Obama discussed many…

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Apply for ASBMB’s 2014 Spring Hill Day!

Are you concerned with the current science-funding situation in the U.S.? Do you want to enact change? An in-person meeting with your congressional representative can make a large difference on issues of funding and science legislation. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Hill Day is your chance to directly speak with members of…

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Appropriations signed into law

President Obama officially signed the fiscal 2014 appropriations into law last Friday. The bill appropriates $1.1 trillion to federal agencies for FY14. This marks a momentous occasion as Congress worked across party lines to come to an agreement that allows the government to continue operating, thus avoiding another government shutdown. Federal funding agencies fared okay…