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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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

September 23, 2014 - ASM Statement on National Strategy to Combat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

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. 

09-23-2014

September 17, 2014 - ASM Statement on Ebola Response

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.

09-17-2014

September 16, 2014 - NIGMS Seeks Comments on Strategic Plan

NIGMS seeks comments on their draft strategic plan.  ASM requests member comments to help formulate the Society's response.

09-16-2014

 
 

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