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Top News

NASEM Releases Graduate STEM Education Report
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) May 29 released a report titled “Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century.” Along with calls for career outcome data collection and transparency, quality mentoring, creating an inclusive environment, and a focus on well-rounded professional development, the report included recommendations for graduate students, a list of core competencies for Master’s and PhD education, and a description of the ideal graduate student program. Many of the recommendations align with the comments AAMC provided in its response to the committee’s call for community input. An editorial by committee chair Alan Leshner in Science emphasizes a renewed focus on students, and Inside Higher Ed also takes a closer look at the report.

NIGMS Reorganizing Programs to Enhance Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce
As explained in an NIGMS Feedback Loop, the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is planning a large restructuring of undergraduate and graduate education programs to enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce. NIGMS received stakeholder feedback on the programs through requests for information and discussions with NIH staff and the community. To this end, the NIH posted Notices of Intent to Publish Funding Opportunity Announcements on the newly organized IMSD (T32) Program, the U-RISE (T34) Program, the G-RISE (T32) Program, and the MARC (T34) Program.

NIGMS RFI on Enhancing Postdoctoral Career Transitions to Promote Faculty Diversity
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences May 24 released a Request for Information (RFI) on strategies for enhancing postdoctoral career transitions to promote faculty diversity. Responses are due on July 20, 2018, and AAMC has begun working on its response. An NIGMS Feedback Loop blog post summarizes past efforts to increase diversity in biomedical research and gives further information on the RFI. Please email your feedback to Amanda Field, PhD, and Jodi Yellin, PhD. We encourage institutions to respond as well.

Agency News

NIH NIGMS Council Meets
The council of the NIH’s NIGMS met on May 24-25. NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch, PhD, reported on the increasing numbers of applications from and improving success rates for early stage career investigators, with comparisons of R35 and R01 application data. Additional presentations were made on evaluations of the T32 Institutional Clinical Postdoc Training and the Bridges to Doctorate to Doctorate (B2D) programs. The council approved two concept clearances on the reorganization of undergraduate and graduate programs to increase diversity (see Top News item) and on an initiative to better define growth medium. A videocast of the public session is now available.

NIH Releases First Strategic Plan for Data Science
As a part of the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, the NIH developed and released a Strategic Plan for Data Science, summarized in a June 4 media advisory. The fourth goal in the strategic plan is to “Enhance Workforce Development for Biomedical Data Science,” stating that “more needs to be done to facilitate familiarity and expertise with data-science approaches and effective and secure use of various types of biomedical research data” and that “there is also a need to grow and diversify the pipeline of researchers developing new tools and analytic methods for broad use by the biomedical research community.”

Hill and Regulation News

House and Senate Set FY 2019 Funding
Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees May 23 and May 24, respectively, met to formally set funding levels for all 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The House committee approved the allocations including the Labor-Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (L-HHS) spending bill, leaving overall funding available to the subcommittee unchanged from FY 2018, at $177.1 billion. In the Senate, the committee adopted its allocations unanimously the following day. For the L-HHS spending bill, the committee provides a total of $179.3 billion for FY 2019, approximately $2 billion more than both the FY 2018 enacted level and the House FY 2019 allocation.

Upcoming Events

Census Bureau IMI & IRIS Hosting UMETRICS 2018 Data Release Webinar
The US Census Bureau Innovation Measurement Initiative (IMI) and the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) are hosting a webinar on their UMETRICS 2018 Data Release: Accessing and using new data on science, innovation, entrepreneurship, and careers. The webinar will be held on June 7, from 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET.

Roundtable on Data Science Postsecondary Education Meeting
NASEM is hosting a meeting on "Programs and Approaches for Data Science Education at the PhD Level" on June 13, 2018, in Washington, DC. The goals of the meeting are to “1) learn about the content and organization of new and emerging data science PhD programs, and 2) discuss alternatives for structuring PhD programs including stand-alone PhDs, domain-based concentrations, and interdisciplinary IGERT programs.” The meeting, for which registration is available, will also be live by webcast.


Reminder: 2018 AAMC Innovations in Research and Research Education Award
The AAMC invites you to submit applications for its 2018 Innovation Award, developed in collaboration with the GREAT Group and the leadership of AAMC GRAND. The award will highlight innovative Institutional Models to Promote Tech Transfer, Entrepreneurship, and Research or Research Education Partnerships with the Private Sector. Research and research training leaders across the full spectrum of research are encouraged to apply. Winners will receive a prize up to $5,000 and be publicly recognized. Applications are due June 8, 2018. For questions, contact Amanda Field, PhD, AAMC science policy specialist.

HHMI Bets Big On 19 New Investigators
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced its $200 million investment in 19 new investigators, each receiving approximately $8 million over a seven-year term with potential to renew. They will join over 300 past and current HHMI investigators, 28 of whom have won Nobel prizes.

In Other Training News

Competency-based Assessment for Training PhD Students and Early-career Scientists
On the heels of the recent NASEM report on “Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century” (see Top News item), Drs. Michael Verderame, Victoria Freedman, Lisa Kozlowski, and Wayne McCormack (who gratefully acknowledge the input of many GREAT Group colleagues) have published a paper proposing an assessment method based on core competencies for science PhD trainees. A research study to validate this assessment approach is forthcoming.

New Data Show Teaching Hospitals Spend 20% More on Community Benefit Since ACA
A new AAMC analysis, published in Academic Medicine, finds that major teaching hospitals spent over $3 billion more on community benefit in 2015 than in 2012—an increase of more than 20% since the Affordable Care Act was implemented. The article, "Changes in Teaching Hospitals' Community Benefit Spending After Implementation of the Affordable Care Act," is authored by the AAMC's Philip M. Alberti, PhD, Karey M. Sutton, PhD, and Matthew Baker, MS.

IHE: Groups Raise Concerns on Chinese Student Visa Limits
Inside Higher Ed and The Verge report on concerns by higher education groups, including the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), about the Trump Administration’s proposal to limit the length of visas of Chinese citizens studying certain high-tech fields to one year, starting June 11. These concerns include the loss of some of the brightest minds studying in the US and a possible decrease in foreign students from other countries along with Chinese students. Related, the Washington Post details that a part of China’s research growth model is luring researchers to Chinese institutions, including many researchers in the US who have struggled with various visa issues in recent years.

Science: Applicant’s Race or Gender Doesn’t Appear to Influence NIH Peer Reviewers
An article in Science discusses a study in which the authors found that race and gender do not bias NIH peer reviewers by having reviewers re-evaluate previously funded proposals while adding typically female and/or African-American names, making several versions of the same proposal to be reviewed. The authors emphasize that while their results indicate no bias at this step in review, they are not claiming that there is no bias in other parts of the review process.

American Psychologist: Special Issue on Teamwork
The journal American Psychologist published a special issue on the science of teamwork – “what psychological science in 2018 tells us about the process and outcomes of teamwork in a variety of contexts.” The issue includes an article that reviews the empirical findings from the Science of Team Science literature, another article on public engagement in team science, and a third article on the tradeoff in team science for STEM PhD graduates.

IHE: Report Dings Tax Deduction for High-Income Grad Students
An Inside Higher Ed article discusses a Brookings report on tax breaks for graduate students with high incomes, which includes about 8% of graduate and professional students with a median income of $100,000. While the report argues that this money could be better spent supporting undergraduates, critics state that this creates a false dichotomy between undergraduate and graduate studies and that there are better tax benefit programs to support undergraduate and low income graduate students.

Quick Links

Nature: How to Fit in when you Join a Lab Abroad

Mercury News: Young, Brilliant and Broke - Push to Fund Young Biomedical Scientists

NYT: Finding Myself in Research

Imposter Syndrome isn't the Problem—Toxic Workplaces Are

Nature Index: Time to Ditch the Leaky Pipeline Model - Policies should Account for the Institutional Factors that Discriminate against Women

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