Science Policy Insider News
Science Policy Insider News (March 2010)
APA Government Relations staff participated in briefings this spring held by two active advocacy coalitions: Friends of NIA (National Institute on Aging) and Friends of NICHD (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development).
March was a historic month for tobacco control efforts. Besides the passage of the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act and the Food and Drug Administration's Final Rule restricting access and marketing of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products to youth, on March 30-31, the relatively new Center for Tobacco Products convened the first meeting of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) with two APA-nominated scientists as voting members.
The majority of the Substance Use Abuse and Addiction (SUAA) Working Group feel the best way to proceed is a functional reorganization of all research programs with a relevant scientific focus, while a minority believe a structural reorganization is needed, merging NIDA and NIAAA into a single institute.
Science GRO’s Heather Kelly was invited by the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) to present an advocacy training for psychological and other behavioral science researchers at its March annual meeting in Philadelphia.
Steve Breckler, APA’s Executive Director for Science, delivered APA's oral testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs (VA), and Related Agencies.
Rep. Baird discussed his votes on recent legislation and described ways in which psychologists’ expertise can be critical behind the scenes in the policy environment on Capitol Hill.
It is unclear at this point how human-centered, behavioral research programs specifically would fare in each of the military laboratories and defense-wide agencies under the President’s request.
The Science Government Relations Office is collecting comments in response to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences' request for input into a strategic plan on research training.
National Lab Day is an ongoing grassroots initiative with a mission to bring together volunteers, university students, educators, scientists, engineers, and other STEM professionals to provide discovery-based science experiences to the younger community.
Christine Jamieson joins the team as our new Science Policy Associate.