Jan. 31, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News
A Supporting Role for Science in Obama's State of the Union Address
Jan. 29, 2014 | Science Insider
On January 28, President Obama delivered the State of the Union address which included some mentions of scientific research. Most notably, President Obama called to reverse sequestration “so we can unleash the next great American discovery.” Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), a co-chair of the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus, and the top-ranking woman in the Republican congressional leadership, delivered the Republican party’s official response to the speech.
- Watch video two of SfN's webinar, called “The State of Research Funding,” to learn more.
- Look up your members of Congress and ask them to join the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus.
E.U. May Punish Italy for Stalemate on Animal Research
Jan. 27, 2014 | Science Insider
A legislative stalemate over animal research could become costly for Italy. On January 23, the European Commission asked the E.U. Court of Justice to impose a fine of more than €4.5 million per month for failing to incorporate a 2010 E.U. directive on animal testing into its national laws.
- Watch the new webinar “Flies, Fish, and Other Animal Models: What they reveal about brain diseases and disorders” produced with the help of the American Brain Coalition.
Policy: NIH Plans to Enhance Reproducibility
Jan. 27, 2014 | Nature
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins and NIH Principal Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak discuss the strategies being implemented by NIH to enhance the reproducibility of science research. They focus on three domains: science training, the peer-review process, and data sharing.
What the State of The Union Speech Means for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Jan. 29, 2014 | Forbes
This article discusses how issues like immigration and education reform need to connect with policy on science funding, financial assistance for startups, and job training to support innovation and entrepreneurship.
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