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Regulation and Policy Update: SOT Supports Patent Law Precedence, Funding for the ECHO Program, and the RISE Act of 2021

Patent Law Precedent by the Supreme Court A letter co-signed by SOT was sent to US President Joe Biden on June 8, 2021, that expressed “our opposition to legislation or regulatory action that would overturn established Supreme Court precedent and expand patent-eligible subject matter to...


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Regulation and Policy Update: US EPA Strengthening Transparency Rule and Human Fetal Tissue Research Policy

US EPA Strengthening Transparency Rule Went into Effect on January 6 Last week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) released a final rule titled “Strengthening Transparency in Pivotal Science Underlying Significant Regulatory Actions and Influential Scientific Information.” ...


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Regulation and Policy Update: SOT Signs Letter Urging the US Congress to Complete Appropriations Work

On December 8, SOT joined more than 170 organizations and institutions as a signatory on a letter addressed to US House of Representatives Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and US Senate Minority Leader...


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SOT Signs Letters Supporting Fetal Tissue Research and Studying Systemic Racism in Science

Letter to Secretary Alex Azar, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) More than 70 organizations, including SOT, have signed a letter to Secretary Azar in which they expressed concern regarding a report by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Fetal Tissue Ethics Advisory...


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US EPA Seeks Nominees for TSCA Scientific Advisory Committee on Chemicals

Steven Knott, US EPA FIFRA Executive Secretary for the Scientific Advisory Committee on Chemicals, has contacted SOT for assistance in identifying nominees for the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Scientific Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC). Specifically, they are looking for candidates...


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SOT Offers Feedback on and Requests Support for Science in Government

Throughout the year, SOT expresses support for efforts to strengthen science or the use of sound science in regulations and policy by adding its voice to those of like-minded colleagues in letters and other communications. Over the last few weeks, SOT has submitted comments on two agency...


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National Institutes of Health (NIH) Notices Intended for Early Career Scientists

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released two notices for process improvements aimed at facilitating continuous engagement of scientists early in their careers. A January 17, 2020, Notice of Special Interest, “Administrative Supplement for Continuity of Biomedical and...


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Opportunity to Support STEM Legislation

As part of its Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) membership, SOT has been made aware of an opportunity for individuals interested in supporting legislation to broaden participation by underrepresented minorities, women, and veterans in STEM. The American Society...


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US EPA Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule on Hazardous Air Pollutants

On February 7, 2019, the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) released a proposed rule in Volume 84, Number 26, of the Federal Register entitled “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units—Reconsideration of...


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SOT Members Appointed to US EPA Science Advisory Board and Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee

On January 31, 2019, the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Office of the Administrator published a news release detailing the new appointees to the US EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) and four of its subcommittees. According to the release , there were 174 SAB candidates and 240...