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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Clinical Microbiology Issues Update - May 2015

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


OSTP Request for Information on Microbiome Research

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is seeking feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, and other stakeholder groups on both the overarching questions that unite all Microbiome Research.


e-Public Policy Update - May 2015

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


CSWM Communicator - Spring 2015

The Committee on the Status of Women in Microbiology (CSWM) published the Spring issue of their newsletter the CSWM Communicator.  


May 19, 2015 - US Government Meeting on DURC

The US Government will hold a meeting for interested stakeholders to discuss implementation of the U.S. Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern on July 22. 


Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - May 2015

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


May 8, 2015 - ASM Comments on the 21st Century Cures Act

The ASM sent comments on the 21st Centurey Cures Initiative to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.


April 21, 2015 - Energy & Environment Provisions in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2016

The ASM sent a letter to members of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology about provisions in the America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2016, H.R. 1806.


ASM Celebrates National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Dear Colleague: ASM is a supporter of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW) April 19-25, 2015 and salutes the more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals around the country who perform and interpret more than 10 billion laboratory tests in the United States each year.  The theme for Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, “Get Results”...


April 9, 2015 - Laboratory Practices Committee Prepares Endoscopy Document

The PSAB Committee on Laboratory Practices prepared On The Question of Culturing of Duodenoscopes to address the unique challenges of pathogen identification in cases of infections associated with gastrointestinal endoscopy.