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In this episode, ASBMB Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb talks with Rush Holt, chief executive officer at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, about scientists running for office. Holt described his time as a former congressional representative and how his scientific training affected his experience in Congress. Ben also discusess the appointment of Kelvin Droegemeier to direct the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; the release of the OSTP’s research and development priorities for fiscal year 2020; the current status of FY19 funding bills for the National Institutes of Health and other federal science agencies; and a recent letter sent by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, R-Conn., directing the NIH to respond to sexual harassment in the sciences. ASBMB statement of support for Trump nominee to lead the Office of Science and Technology Policy http://policy.asbmb.org/2018/08/01/the-asbmb-applauds-trump-nominee-to-lead-office-of-science-and-technology-policy/ FY2020 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/M-18-22.pdf Murray, DeLauro Question National Institutes of Health on Efforts to Address Harassment in Research Community https://www.help.senate.gov/ranking/newsroom/press/murray-delauro-question-national-institutes-of-health-on-efforts-to-address-harassment-in-research-community Follow your Pipettes & Politics hosts Twitter and share your thoughts on this episode using #PipettesAndPolitics: -Benjamin Corb | @bwcorb -Andre Porter | @anporter_ -Daniel Pham | @dpham20

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