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2014 ASPET Council and Division elections are now open
ASPET
Log in on www.aspet.org, click on the Member Homepage link, and scroll down to "Vote in the ASPET Election." Please take the time to review the Election Bulletin, which provides a summary of our ASPET Council and Division nominees. Then click on "Vote" to cast your ballot. The election closes at 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
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Consider your year-end donations now: Donate to Goodman & Gilman Award Endowment Fund
ASPET
A great way to give back to the ASPET community this year would be to help ASPET endow our Goodman & Gilman Award. An anonymous donor has agreed to match all donations up to $30,000 for the Goodman and Gilman Award in Receptor Pharmacology Endowment Fund, making your donation go twice as far. Donate today, and your tax-deductible gift will help us sustain this fund so that we continue to offer the Goodman and Gilman Award and recognize outstanding scientific achievements.
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SCIENCE POLICY NEWS


December 2, 2013 Legislative Update: Will Congress fail, again?
ASPET
While Congress recessed for Thanksgiving, leadership was working to hammer out a budget conference committee agreement before a self-imposed December 13 deadline. There has been some public reporting of a possible deal that could replace the sequester by offering a combination of spending reductions that include farm subsidies — a politically tough sale, and items that would raise money for the Treasury such as sale of broadband spectrum.
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Senate letter urges budget conference committee to support funding for NIH
ASPET
Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) have written a letter supported by colleagues asking the budget conference committee to "maintain a strong commitment to funding the National Institutes of Health."
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ASPET co-signs statement to Texas state school board defending science education and evolution
ASPET
ASPET co-signed a statement presented to the Texas State Board of Education during its final public hearing on science textbook adoption on November 20, 2013. The National Center for Science Education presented the board with a statement urging the adoption of the textbooks endorsed by no fewer than 51 scientific and educational societies.
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ASPET ANNUAL MEETING AT EB 2014 NEWS


Late-breaking abstract submission site is now open
ASPET
It's not too late to submit an abstract for the ASPET Annual Meeting at EB 2014! Late-breaking abstract submission is now open until February 21, 2014. Be sure to get your abstract in so you don't miss out on this exciting meeting taking place in sunny San Diego!
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Travel Awards deadline is just one week away
ASPET
Applicants must have submitted an abstract in an ASPET topic category for the Annual Meeting at EB 2014 and be ASPET members in good standing in order to apply for these awards:
-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.

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Applications being accepted for Pharmacology Educators Travel Award
ASPET
The primary goal of this travel award offered by the Division for Pharmacology Education is to promote participation in an ASPET Meeting by pharmacology educators and to foster career development in pharmacology education. The deadline to apply is January 6, 2014.
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Other upcoming deadlines for the ASPET Annual Meeting at EB 2014
ASPET
Early Registration Discount Deadline - February 21, 2014
Hotel Reservation Deadline - March 21, 2014
Cancellation Deadline - March 21, 2014
Child Care Registration Deadline - April 11, 2014
View the deadlines and more information on ASPET's Annual Meeting website by clicking on the below link.

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View program listings for the ASPET Annual Meeting at EB 2014
ASPET
Take a look at the wide array of lectures and sessions that will be offered at the Joint ASPET/Chinese Pharmacological Society Annual Meeting at EB 2014. Click here to register for the meeting. More details will be available soon.
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Sponsorship opportunities are available for the ASPET Annual Meeting at EB 2014
ASPET
Partner with ASPET! Support your Society by sponsoring a program at the ASPET Annual Meeting at EB 2014. As a sponsor, you can increase your visibility among more than 12,000 life scientists and students who are directly interested in your products and services.
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ATTN: Graduate programs in pharmacology: Get your program noticed by sponsoring a student event at the ASPET Annual Meeting at EB 2014
ASPET
Get your pharmacology 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.
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ASPET MEMBERSHIP NEWS


ASPET Member-Get-A-Member Program
ASPET
Help ASPET grow! 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.
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Renew your ASPET membership for 2014
ASPET
Log 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 membership@aspet.org. You must be a member to apply for Travel Awards to the ASPET Annual Meeting at EB 2014. So, now is the time to renew!
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OTHER NEWS


FASEB Stand Up for Science competition deadline extended to December 15
ASPET
FASEB is sponsoring its second annual Stand Up for Science competition to increase awareness of the critical role of federal agencies, such as NIH and the National Science Foundation, in funding biomedical and biological research. Individuals or groups should submit a creative one-to-four minute video by December 15.
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Rita Allen Foundation and American Pain Society announces 2014 Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain
American Pain Society
The Rita Allen Foundation (RAF) and American Pain Society (APS) may award two grants in the amount of $50,000 annually, for a period of up to three years to those research proposals demonstrating the greatest merit and potential for success. Eligible candidates will have completed their training and provided persuasive evidence of distinguished achievement or extraordinary promise in basic science research in pain. Candidates should be in the early stages of their career with an appointment at faculty level. The deadline for applications is January 17, 2014.
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Travel Awards for the 17th World Congress of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology
ASPET
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/. Travel award applications for WCP 2014 are due at ASPET on January 31, 2014.
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ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) solicits emerging issues proposals for 2014 action
ASPET
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. Proposals are due Friday, December 6, 2013.
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NEWS FROM THE FIELD


Targets of anticancer drugs have broader functions than what their name suggests
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Drugs that inhibit the activity of enzymes called histone deacetylases (HDACs) are being widely developed for treating cancer and other diseases, with two already on the market. Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, show that a major HDAC still functions in mice even when its enzyme activity is abolished, suggesting that the beneficial effects of HDAC inhibitors may not actually be through inhibiting HDAC activity, and thus warranting the reassessment of the molecular targets of this class of drugs
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Undruggable mutation meets its match
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
In the field of drug design, the protein K-Ras is legendary. It's been on everyone's "target" list for more than 30 years due to its status as the most commonly mutated oncogene in human cancers. Despite this high profile, K-Ras has earned a reputation in scientific circles as being "undruggable" because many pharmaceutical, biotech, and academic laboratories have failed to design a drug that successfully targets the mutant gene.
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Seven months of sequestration already eroding America's research capabilities
Science Works for U.S.
As congressional budget leaders continue negotiations over Fiscal Year 2014 spending levels, three organizations representing the nation’s leading public and private research universities today released the results of a new survey looking at sequestration’s impact on research across the country. The survey is a bellwether of the devastating impact that sustained cuts to research and higher education will have on the economy and the United States' role as a global innovation leader.
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