Archive November 2017

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BMES opposes elimination of tuition waiver for graduate students proposed by House tax bill

The Biomedical Engineering Society strongly opposes the proposed change to make tuition waivers granted by universities count as taxable income.  This provision, in the tax bill endorsed by the House of Representatives, discourages graduate education, especially in the technology, engineering, health and science sectors that are vital to our economic future.

Thousands participate in #RaiseTheCaps campaign to convince Congress to raise spending caps for scientific research

Research!America, along with other research and scientific alliances and organizations, led a “Raise the Caps” print and digital ad, social media and grassroots campaign this week aimed at convincing Congress to negotiate a bipartisan budget deal that raises spending caps before end of year to provide flexibility for increased federal funding for science.

FASEB: Taxing tuition waivers for graduate students and teaching assistants will create financial hardships

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) announed today the organization opposes a provision in The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (HR 1) that would eliminate tuition waivers from taxable income for graduate students who serve as teaching or research assistants.

New NSF Solicitation for Tissue Engineering Researchers Due February 12th

The National Science Foundation (CBET - Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems Division of the Engineering Directorate) and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) have announced a new collaborative initiative. 

Medical research group asks lawmakers to commit $36 billion investment for NIH

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research sent a letter to Congressional leaders this month urging them to enact a bicameral, bipartisan budget agreement that raises the spending caps and enables a $36.1 billion investment in NIH in FY 2018.

New tissue-engineered blood vessel replacements closer to human trials

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a new lab-grown blood vessel replacement that is composed completely of biological materials, but doesn’t contain any living cells at implantation, the university announced