ASBMR Representatives to Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Committees are needed for the following subcommittees of the FASEB Science Policy Committee. Selected candidates will begin three year terms immediately following appointment, in the Summer of 2016.
Breakthroughs in Bioscience Subcommittee
The charge of the Breakthroughs in Bioscience Subcommittee is to choose timely topics that demonstrate the critical link between basic research in the biomedical sciences and the improvement in the quality of medical care available to our citizens. These topics are then developed into articles that are easily accessible to a broad audience of non-scientists including legislators, policy makers, and the general public. The original purpose of the series was to provide Congress with direct information that could be used to justify support for biomedical research. As the series has evolved a second component has been the use of these articles in science education. The subcommittee is a standing subcommittee of the SPC, and its yearly goal is to produce two high quality Breakthroughs issues for distribution.
Data Science and Informatics Subcommittee
The Data Science and Informatics Subcommittee monitors issues and develops proactive policies on topics related to data science, computational biology, and informatics in biological and medical research. The subcommittee will identify issues of concern to the FASEB member societies, communicate with federal agencies and other organizations, and develop position statements for review by the full Science Policy Committee. Specific topics of interest are expected to include federal policy on data generation, storage, protection, sharing, citation, and utilization, the accessibility and management of resources and standards, and IT infrastructure.
Shared Research Resources Subcommittee
The Shared Research Resources Subcommittee is an ad hoc subcommittee charged with directing FASEB’s efforts related to shared instrumentation, core facilities, and other resources that can be jointly utilized by research groups. In its Sustaining Discovery discussion framework, FASEB called for enhanced deployment and use of shared resources to extend the value of funding and provide greater access to new technologies and costly instruments. This Subcommittee will evaluate the shared resource landscape, identify current barriers, and explore strategies to promote greater support for and utilization of shared resources. Specific subcommittee activities may include, but are not limited to: 1) assessing available funding mechanisms; 2) developing best practices and supporting materials; 3) initiating a survey or other data collection effort; and 4) responding to relevant policy actions.
Training and Career Opportunities Subcommittee
The goal of this standing subcommittee is to monitor and respond to legislative and policy issues related to the training and career development of graduate students, postdocs, and early career investigators in the biomedical sciences. The subcommittee also tracks and analyzes data on the biomedical workforce and develops and promotes training and career resources aimed at improving the training environment and preparing biomedical scientists for a wide range of careers.
Clinical and Translational Research Subcommittee
The mission of this subcommittee is to represent the FASEB member societies on policy issues related to clinical research. Relevant activities for this subcommittee may include, but are not limited to, training, funding, workforce and regulatory issues, and education of scientists and the public as they relate to clinical research. Policy statements and projects related to these issues may stem from the interests of subcommittee members or develop in response to relevant issues as they arise. The Clinical Research Subcommittee will work closely with other committees and subcommittees on issues that are important to the entire research enterprise, such as training and research funding.