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October 15, 2013 Legislative Update: Senate moves to end shutdown, raise debt ceiling
As this report is written, there is momentum that a Senate compromise might result in ending the government shutdown and avoiding a potential default if the debt ceiling is not raised by October 17. But the impasse remains, ASPET members and their home institutions know the consequences of Washington's failure to govern.
Information for the NIH extramural grantee community during the lapse of Federal Government funding
The Government Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 ended on September 30, 2013 at midnight EDT and an Appropriation Act for FY2014 has not been passed, leading to a lapse in Federal funding. NIH is providing information to answer questions you may have on the impact this lapse in appropriation will have on your grant/cooperative agreement or the availability of NIH's systems and services.
FASEB urges congress to restore NIH funding, end shutdown
Read FASEB's action alert asking Society members to call their elected representatives to end the government shutdown, restore funding for the NIH and other federal science agencies to pre-sequestration levels, and agree to a FY 2014 budget that sustains prior investments in research.
FASEB talk radio advocacy guide
View FASEB's talk radio guide on how to effectively engage in local talk radio shows. The guide includes talking points about biomedical research funding and sequestration.
ATTN: ASPET Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Trainees: Deadline to participate in important career outlook survey is October 18
Postdoc and Graduate Student Members: Please click on the below link to be directed to a survey we are asking you to take which inquires about how restrictive funding impacts your career outlook and decisions. Note: There are two separate surveys. One is for postdocs, and the other is for graduate students. This survey is a critical tool to help measure the impact of Congressional action on the next generation of scientists.
Travel Awards for the 17th World Congress of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology
The International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR) will hold its 17th World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa (WCP 2014), July 13 – 18, 2014. The meeting is organized and hosted by the South African Society for Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (SASBCP). ASPET is offering travel awards to attend the WCP2014 for graduate student and young scientist members of ASPET in good standing to present a paper at the meeting. Travel Awards available for WCP 2014 include the James A. Bain Young Scientist Travel Award and the Graduate Student Travel Award. Applicants must already be a member to apply. For more information on the meeting, please visit http://www.wcp2014.org/.
Donate to the endowment funds for ASPET Awards
With your help, we can ensure that ASPET is able to continuously endow our awards. Please donate online to the John J. Abel Award, the Julius Axelrod Award, the Goodman and Gilman Award in Receptor Pharmacology, and the Torald Sollmann Award. By going to the respective awards pages, you can watch the endowments grow. Click on the "Read More" link to donate. An anonymous donor has agreed to match up to $30,000 in donations for the Goodman and Gilman Award in Receptor Pharmacology Endowment Fund. See your gift go twice as far.
ASPET ANNUAL MEETING AT EB 2014 NEWS
Three weeks left to submit abstracts for the ASPET Annual Meeting at EB 2014
Submit your abstract for the Annual Meeting. All abstracts must be received by Friday, November 8, 2013, 11:59 p.m. (EST).
Register for the ASPET Annual Meeting at EB 2014
Make sure to register for the ASPET Annual Meeting at EB 2014. A list of registration fees can be accessed on ASPET's Annual Meeting Web page. Discounted registration rates are available through Friday, February 21, 2014.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for the ASPET Annual Meeting at EB 2014
Show your support for pharmacology and partner with ASPET. By sponsoring a program at the ASPET Annual Meeting at EB 2014, you will be able to increase your visibility among more than 12,000 life scientists and students who are directly interested in your products and services.
ATTN: Graduate programs in pharmacology: Get your program noticed by sponsoring a student event at the ASPET Annual Meeting at EB 2014
The Student/Postdoc Best Abstract Poster Competition and Student/Postdoc Mixer are available to be sponsored. Get your program noticed by sponsoring a student event at the ASPET Annual Meeting at EB 2014.
Apply for a Best Abstract Award online
Best Abstract Awards are given by ASPET's Divisions for abstracts submitted by postdocs and graduate students (and undergraduates as well for the Behavioral Pharmacology Division) to the ASPET Annual Meeting at EB 2014. Click on the appropriate link in the list below for further information. Criteria and awards vary among the Divisions. Finalists and winners may be asked to present their research at the Best Abstract Competition on Sunday evening, April 27 or at a Division session. Applicants must be ASPET members in good standing in order to apply for these awards, so apply or renew your membership NOW! The following Best Abstract Awards are being offered:
-Undergraduate Best Abstract Award
-Graduate Student Best Abstract
-Postdoctoral Scientist Award
-Young Investigator Award
Applications for the four aforementioned awards must be completed by November 13, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) by electronic Web submission.
Travel Award application forms are available online
Any student or postdoctoral fellow who has submitted an abstract in an ASPET topic category for the Annual Meeting at EB 2014 in San Diego is encouraged to apply for a Travel Award to attend the Annual Meeting. Applicants must be ASPET members in good standing in order to apply for these awards, so apply or renew your membership NOW! The following Travel Awards are being offered:
-Minority Graduate Student Travel Awards
-Young Scientist Travel Awards
-Minority Young Scientist Travel Awards
-Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Travel Awards
-Graduate Student Travel Awards
Applications for all travel awards mentioned above must be completed by December 11, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) by electronic Web submission.
The submission deadline for the Division for Pharmacology Education's Travel Award for Pharmacology Educators is January 6, 2014.
Online hotel reservations for EB 2014
Remember to book your hotel room for the ASPET Annual Meeting at EB 2014. The deadline to register for housing at the meeting is Friday, March 21, 2014. More information about housing can be found at: http://experimentalbiology.org/2014/Attendees/Housing.aspx.
View the updated program for the ASPET Annual Meeting at EB 2014
The program for the Joint ASPET/Chinese Pharmacological Society Annual Meeting at EB 2014 is available on the ASPET website. Read through the program listings, and check back often for updates. More details about the Joint ASPET/Chinese Pharmacological Society Annual Meeting at EB 2014 can be found by going to http://www.aspet.org/eb2014. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!
Camp EB Child Care
CAMP EB Child Care welcomes children ages 6 months – 17 years. Children participate in age-appropriate activities including arts and crafts projects, active games, and much more in a safe, nurturing environment. Meals are not included in the camp fees. Parents can send or bring lunch to the center. Register for Camp EB.
Renew your ASPET membership for 2014
Be on the lookout next week for a membership renewal notice in the mail. You can renew your ASPET membership by logging into your ASPET.org Member Homepage to view your invoice and pay your 2014 dues. If you have forgotten your login name and/or password, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASPET Member-Get-A-Member Program
Help ASPET grow our membership! Participate in the Member-Get-A-Member Program. Recruit a Regular, Postdoc, or Affiliate Member, and you will receive a free ASPET plush donkey and be entered into a raffle to win one of three $200 Amazon.com gift card prizes.
ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) solicits emerging issues proposals for 2014 action
The ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) seeks your suggestions for priority emerging scientific issues (human or environmental health) that should be addressed through a focused, multi-sector collaborative program. The most promising proposals will form the basis of new scientific initiatives within HESI, and will receive supporting funds to initiate activities in the fall of 2014.
Robert Winston in Nature Medicine: Animal experiments deserve a place on drug labels
In a commentary in the new issue of Nature Medicine, Dr. Robert Winston of Imperial College London, UK argued, "Drug development depends on preclinical experimentation in animal models. To make the public aware of the vital role of these studies, pharmaceutical companies should be legally obliged to make note of this on their products that came to fruition through animal research."
2013 Great Lakes GPCR Retreat to be held October 17 - 19
The 2013 Great Lakes GPCR Retreat will be held October 17 – 19 in Cleveland, OH. Click on the below link to be directed to the Web page about the retreat on the Division for Molecular Pharmacology's website.
NIH enrolls a dozen critically ill patients despite shutdown
A few desperately ill patients have managed to get into clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health's famed hospital, even though the government's partial shutdown has others being turned away, the agency said.
Why are there still so few women in science?
The New York Times
Last summer, researchers at Yale published a study proving that physicists, chemists and biologists are likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a woman with the same qualifications. Presented with identical summaries of the accomplishments of two imaginary applicants, professors at six major research institutions were significantly more willing to offer the man a job.
Why whooping cough vaccines are wearing off
By late summer 2010 an alarming number of children in California had developed pertussis, or whooping cough — five times as many as in the first half of 2009. David Witt, a physician and infectious disease specialist who works at Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center, cared for some of those sick children.
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