Weekly Advocacy News Roundup
Senators Create New Caucus on NIH Funding
May 19, 2015 | The Hill
Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) are co-chairs of a new bipartisan Senate caucus in support of the National Institutes of Health. A launch event was held this week.
- Contact your senator and ask them to join the NIH caucus at SfN.org.
National Brain Research Initiative Launch This Week
May 18, 2015 | University of Auckland News
A new national brain research initiative was launched in New Zealand. The multi-center research team aims to develop a better understanding of the aging brain.
- Read about other worldwide neuroscience initiatives at SfN.org.
After 2-Year Battle, House Passes COMPETES Act on Mostly Party-Line Vote
May 20, 2015 | Science Insider
After debate on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, the America COMPETES Act passed the House with a vote of 217-205.
- Read more about neuroscience funding through NSF at SfN.org.
Articles of Interest
Lack of Exercise Can Disrupt the Body’s Rhythms
May 20, 2015 | The New York Times
A new study using mice shows that circadian rhythms are disrupted in both young and older mice if exercise wheels are removed from the cage.
- Learn more about circadian rhythms at BrainFacts.org.
If Everything is a Priority, Nothing Is
March 18, 2015 | The Hill
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) discusses how federally funded research should be focused on national priorities, and that setting priorities requires making tough choices.
- Find science funding advocacy tools at SfN.org.
Let’s Bolster Science and Innovation by Rolling Back the Sequester
May 20, 2015 | Roll Call
Rush Holt, CEO of AAAS, and Steven Knapp, President of George Washington University, voice support for the President’s FY2016 budget which rolls back sequestration spending caps and would boost funding for research.
- Visit the sequestration action page at SfN.org.
Why the World Needs More Scientists
May 21, 2015 | Vox
Francis Collins, Director of NIH, discusses the need for more scientists to “tap into the power of science to explore questions of vital importance to human health.”
- Find resources for early career scientists at Neuronline.