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    Opportunities to Represent ASBMR on FASEB Committees- Applications Due Friday, June 8

    Date: May 25, 2012

    We are pleased to announce new opportunities for ASBMR members to serve on committees and subcommittees of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), which represents 26 research societies and over 100,000 biomedical researchers in the U.S.  As a member of FASEB, ASBMR appoints representatives to a variety of committees and subcommittees which study issues and develop recommendations for policies and positions to strengthen biomedical research. Several committee and subcommittee positions are now open for ASBMR representatives, and we are seeking volunteers.   

    Please see committee descriptions below.  If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please send an e-mail to asbmr@asbmr.org with your name and contact information, the committee you are interested in serving, and a statement of interest by Friday, June 8.   


    Excellence in Science Award Committee

    The Excellence in Science Award Committee reviews nominee submissions and makes a recommendation of the recipient to the Board of Directors. The committee advises the Board on the administration of the annual Excellence in Science Award program.  The committee meets three times in the spring by conference call or e-mail.  Service on this committee is a 3 year term. 

    Science Research Conferences Advisory Committee
    The Committee shall determine the conference topics and organizers. It shall be responsible for recommending policies and standards for the conduct of the conferences. The committee meets once annually.  Service on this committee is a 3 year term. 

    Research IT Subcommittee
    The subcommittee represents the FASEB member societies on issues related to federal investment in research IT infrastructure and health and vital information access for the biomedical research community. Relevant activities for the subcommittee may include, but are not limited to, providing recommendations and feedback to federal science agencies and Congress on the IT needs of the biology research community, providing recommendations and feedback on the development and accessibility issues of the National Health Information Network, and ensuring and enhancing researcher access to existing federal and state health information and vital statistics registries. Additional Information can be found here.  Service on this subcommittee is ad-hoc.  A term will be at least one year, with the possibility for more. 

    NIH Issues Subcommittee
    The subcommittee was established to promote best practices at NIH and review and comment on a range of issues that affect NIH-funded research. The subcommittee’s charge is to: 1) incubate big-picture strategic thinking about the NIH and how it funds science; 2) proactively develop FASEB positions; and 3) monitor and respond to proposed legislative and regulatory issues not covered by other subcommittees. Additional Information can be found here. Service on this subcommittee is ad-hoc.  A term will be at least one year, with the possibility for more. 

    Peer Review Subcommittee
    The subcommittee was formed as an ad hoc subcommittee in July 2006 to address current challenges for the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) peer review process and opportunities for FASEB to engage. In 2007, the membership was restructured to address NIH Peer Review Self-Study activities. Additional Information can be found here. Service on this subcommittee is ad-hoc.  A term will be at least one year, with the possibility for more. 

    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. Additional Information can be found here. Service on this subcommittee is ad-hoc.  A term will be at least one year, with the possibility for more. 

    Publications and Communications Committee- FASEB Editorial Board
    The editorial board provides feedback to associate editors and the editor-in-chief on manuscript submissions and initial queries. Specifically, editorial board members are asked to review initial queries to assist the editors in determining whether or not a submission is appropriate for the journal. (Initial queries include the paper’s abstract and brief answers to four or five questions about the paper.) When an editorial board member thinks a paper should be submitted to the journal, he or she is asked to suggest at least two reviewers to be solicited by staff in Bethesda.  Editorial board members are invited to an annual editors meeting in Washington D.C. where the journal’s content and policies are discussed.  Service on this subcommittee is ad-hoc.  A term will be at least one year, with the possibility for more. 

    If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please send an e-mail to asbmr@asbmr.org with your name and contact information, the committee you are interested in serving, and a statement of interest by Friday, June 8.