Public and Scientific Affairs Board

Public and Scientific Affairs Board

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 10:57

Coalition Letter on FY 2018 Funding for NSF

The ASM signed onto a letter, as a member of the Coalition on National Science Funding (CNSF), to Congress urging them to maintain federal investments in America’s scientific and innovation enterprise.

Christopher Doern and Duane Newton, members of the Public and Scientific Affairs Board, Laboratory Practices Committee authored the white paper “Clinical Utility of Multiplex Tests for Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Pathogens.”  The expanded availability of molecular methods for detection of pathogens directly in clinical specimens is changing the paradigm for diagnosis and management of patients with infectious diseases.  This paper describes the benefits and clinical value of multiplex molecular diagnostic panels. 

The ASM sent a letter to the House Appropriations HHS Subcommittee thanking them for rejecting the 22 percent budget cut for NIH research that was proposed in the President’s budget.  The Subcommittee’s spending bill provides a $1.1 billion increase above the FY 2017 level and includes funding for indirect costs and the Fogarty International Center. 

The ASM sent a letter congratulating the new CDC Director, Brenda Fitzgerald on her recent appointment.

The ASM joined the AAAS and a number of other scientific organizations to send a letter to President Trump urging the use of scientific advisory bodies and the free exchange of scientific information on US federal government websites

ASM sent a letter to members of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies regarding funding for the National Science Foundation. The ASM asked Congress to reject the President’s proposed 11.2 percent cut and instead fund the NSF at $8 billion for the FY 2018, about 4 percent above the FY 2016 enacted level.

The ASM sent a letter to members of the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Energy and Water Development on FY 2018 funding for the DOE’s Office of Science asking Congress to reject the 16.4 percent reduction proposed in the President’s budget for DOE life science research.

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