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Be An Advocate for the Microbial SciencesTake Action Issue button FINAL

Dear Colleague:

It is clear that the President's proposed FY 2018 budget request would be devastating to the microbial sciences, as well as other areas of science.  The ASM has sent letters to Congress urging that the President’s request for research budgets be rejected and that Congress continue to support science as they have in the past, including infectious disease research (NIH, CDC, FDA, other HHS agencies and DOD), energy and environmental research (DOE and EPA), agricultural research (USDA), international research (USAID), and basic research overall (NSF and all the others).   The ASM documents are available on the ASM web page for you to reference for your own message to Congress.

We encourage you to reach out to your congressional representatives and those in the Congress responsible for research budgets.  To send a message go to the ASM Alert Page.  Input your street address and zip code to send a message.  Be sure to include how these cuts would affect your research or your state.

Thank you for taking action to support the microbial sciences and infectious disease programs.


Susan Sharp, Ph.D., President, American Society for Microbiology
Ronald M. Atlas, Ph.D., Chair, ASM Public and Scientific Affairs Board
Stefano Bertuzzi, Ph.D., M.P.H., CEO, American Society for Microbiology

ASM engagement with policy issues and dialogue with government officials will continue with periodic alerts to ASM members, designed to facilitate members’ communications with their respective congressional delegations and to support science in general within the new Administration and Congress. We encourage the scientific community to engage in promoting evidence-based policymaking. By participating, the scientific community directly contributes to the broader understanding of complex issues so important to the general public.

We believe that science must serve the public interest and that policies must be based upon sound science. When advocating for science, it is particularly important that the messages be clearly presented, compelling to nonscientists, and based on scientific evidence. The Office of Public Affairs has posted, Taking the Message to Congress, to assist ASM members in their individual communications with Congress. 

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