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- Research and Development Funding for FY 2015
- Contact Congress (Legislative Action Center)
- Clinical Microbiology Resources
- Public and Scientific Affairs Board Information
- Federal and State Government Links
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- Sentinel Level Clinical Laboratory Protocols For Suspected Biological Threat Agents And Emerging Infectious Diseases
- Committee on the Status of Women in Microbiology
- Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities
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.
What's New in Public Policy?
The September issue of the Clinical Microbiology Issues Update has been published by the Office of Public Affairs
The ASM submitted comments on the strategic plan of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
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.
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.
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.
The ASM sent a statement on the National Strategy to Combat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, which was announced by President Obama on September 18, 2014 to ASM members, Congress and representatives of various federal agencies.
The ASM sent a statement to members of Congress regarding the response to the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa encouraging additional support for research and public health programs.
NIGMS seeks comments on their draft strategic plan. ASM requests member comments to help formulate the Society's response.
The September issue of the Minority Microbiology Mentor has been published by the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities.
The ASM sent an e-mail to ASM members regarding US Government communications about ensuring biosafety in US laboratories. The e-mail includes links to a White House memo and an NIH advisory.