Author Archives: academicsforthefutureofscience

The Federal Budget Process: a critical time for the future of scientific research

Progress in scientific research depends on reliable and consistent funding. One of the worst things that can happen to federally funded research programs is uncertainty over funding levels or even worse, a government shutdown. In order to try and prevent such an event from occurring, we are asking you to contact your local representatives and […]

Cartoon a paper: making old mice young again

What are the new cool things happening in science? We nominate recent papers that are particularly cool to be made into cartoons illustrating the main findings. Use #cartoonapaper on twitter to nominate a paper to become a cartoon.

AFS NEWS ROUNDUP 07/18/16 – REGULAR UPDATES ON SCIENCE FUNDING, POLICY, AND RESEARCH NEWS

NIH funding boost from House Appropriations Committee   Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved its Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) bill that includes a 3.9% increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to a total of $33.3 billion. The Senate approved its LHHS bill in June and both bills will […]

AFS NEWS ROUNDUP 06/20/16 – REGULAR UPDATES ON SCIENCE FUNDING, POLICY, AND RESEARCH NEWS

$2 billion boost for NIH in Senate spending bill A Senate spending panel has approved a $2 billion (6.2%) increase in the National Institutes of Health budget. A large proportion of this increase is for specific initiatives, such as Alzheimer’s research and brain-mapping projects. While this news is promising, the prospects for bills being approved by Congress […]

Meeting with Representative Lance, U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 7th congressional district

What it’s like to lobby for science

The fact that consistent funding for biomedical research has decreased over the years is known to everyone who works in basic science. Indeed, it is a reason for many to leave the field altogether and explore other options.  I wondered if there was something I could actively do to understand how funding at a federal […]

Brexit: why Britain exiting the EU is (probably) bad news for science

With the upcoming referendum on UK membership in the EU, British citizen and MIT postdoctoral fellow Peter Harvey discusses his views on the debate and what it could mean for UK science. Note, all views expressed are the personal opinions of the author (a UK scientist living in the US) and don’t represent an official stance from […]

AFS interviewed Dr. Reba Bandyopadhyay, AAAS policy fellow

AAAS Science and Technology policy fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and contribute their knowledge and analytical skills in the policy realm by serving in the federal government. Disclaimer from Reba: The views and opinions expressed here are entirely my own and should not be construed to reflect or represent […]

AFS NEWS ROUNDUP 05/19/16- REGULAR UPDATES ON SCIENCE FUNDING, POLICY, AND RESEARCH NEWS

WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES THE NATIONAL MICROBIOME INITIATIVE The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has announced a new Naional Microbiome Initiative (NMI) to encourage the integrated study of microbiomes across differenct ecosystems. The NMI involves Federal agencies and private-sector stakeholders, with a combined Federal agency investment of more than $121 million in 2016/17. […]

What have the 2016 US presidential candidates had to say about science funding?

It has been almost impossible to escape the primary race here in the US and, as a currently New England residing ’alien’ from the original England, I know it has also had a certain morbid curiosity overseas too. With the primaries starting to reach their conclusions, we thought it would be a good time to look […]

AFS News Roundup 04/24/16- regular updates on science funding, policy, and research news

SENATE MOVING QUICKLY ON ENERGY BILL The Senate are trying to rapidly push through a Department of Energy appropriations bill that would increase funding by $50 million to the Office of Science, but funding to the fusion project ITER for the 3rd year in a row. The White House have indicated they may veto the bill, […]