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ASBMB's Director of Public Affairs on BioCentury This WeekASBMB's director of public affairs appeared on BioCentury This Week to discuss the decline in federal funding for biological research and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Federal government halts funding for gain-of-function studiesThe federal government will halt the funding of new gain-of-function studies in pathogens and is asking for a voluntary moratorium on research already in progress.
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Science policy news weekly roundup: October 24, 2014

Published on:Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:07:33 +0000
Category: Roundup

The roundup is formatted with the title of the story, followed by the news source in parentheses and a brief summary. If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to for inclusion in next week’s roundup. Ebola Budget cuts can’t be blamed for lack of Ebola vaccine (Huffington Post) The Director of…

Shrinking the role of government is hurting science

Published on:Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:20:38 +0000
Category: Ben's Soapbox

Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., released his 2014 Wastebook, an annual report on government spending that Coburn deems wasteful, largely because, on the surface, the projects sound like silly ways to spend federal dollars. This year’s version—the last thanks to Coburn’s retirement at the adjournment of this Congress—follows a rather typical path of criticizing…

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October 2014 - Bucket of ice water – dose of reality

Use the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to start discussions on the importance of federal funding for biomedical research.

September 2014 - Regular maintenance requiredHow do you get your members of Congress to care about biomedical research?
August 2014 - Water, water everywhere – and not a drop to drinkCongressional champions for biomedical research are critical to ensure the needs of the community are served.
June 2014 - A challenge reissuedTwo years ago, ASBMB Director of Public Affairs Ben Corb issued a challenge to ASBMB members to hold 100 meetings with their members of Congress during the summer recess. Now, we're issuing a new challenge to the members.

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