PUBLIC POLICY

Public and Scientific Affairs Board (PSAB)
Underlying the ASM's dedication to the advancement of scientific knowledge is its commitment that science serve the public interest. To address scientific matters affecting the public interest, the ASM created the Public and Scientific Affairs Board (PSAB) in 1979. The PSAB monitors legislation and regulation and develops positions for the Society on public policy issues. The PSAB encourages the adoption of sound policies affecting science and technology and the discipline of microbiology. The PSAB responds to policy makers who may request or require an understanding of research and technology in microbiology. It also communicates microbiological issues to the public.

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e-Public Policy Update - October

The October issue of the e-Public Policy Update has been published by the Office of Public Affairs.

10-30-2014

October 29, 2014 - ASM Statement on CDC Interim Guidance on Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Suspected Ebola Contact

The ASM issued a statement regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention new Interim Guidance on Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Suspected Ebola Contact. 

10-29-2014

October 28, 2014 - White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Challenge to Develop Ebola Tools

The ASM sent a message to members about a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy program that solicits the global community to share innovative ideas that deliver practical and cost-effective innovations to address this crisis, to improve delivery of care, and stem the spread of Ebola virus disease.

10-28-2014

October 17, 2014 - USG Launches Deliberative Process on Gain-of-Function Research

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced that the U.S. government will undertake a deliberative process to assess the risks and benefits of certain gain-of-function (GOF) experiments with influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses in order to develop a new Federal policy regarding the funding of this research.

10-20-2014

Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - October

The October issue of the Minority Microbiology Mentor has been published by the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities.

10-13-2014

Clinical Microbiology Issues Update - September 2014

The September issue of the Clinical Microbiology Issues Update has been published by the Office of Public Affairs  

09-29-2014

September 26, 2014 - ASM Comments on NIGMS Strategic Plan

The ASM submitted comments on the strategic plan of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.  

09-26-2014

September 25, 2014 - United States Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences DURC

On September 24 the United States Government issued the final US Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC. The Office of Public Affairs sent a notice to members about the Oversight document.

09-25-2014

September 23, 2014 - ASM Letter to the US HHS Concerning Scientific Resources in Response to the Ebola Virus Outbreak

The ASM sent a letter to Sylvia M. Burwell, Secretary US Department of Health & Human Services with recommendations concerning scientific resources that are needed in response to the Ebola virus outbreak.

09-23-2014

September 23, 2014 - ASM Letter to the UN Concerning Scientific Resources in Response to the Ebola Virus Outbreak

The ASM sent a letter to David Nabarro, M.D., Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Ebola Virus Disease with recommendations concerning scientific resources that are needed in response to the Ebola virus outbreak. 

09-23-2014

 
 

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