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Public Affairs

NSF Releases Science

Communication Guide

In its ongoing effort to help the public under-

stand the importance of the research it funds, the

National Science Foundation (NSF) has created

an online toolkit that offers step-by-step instruc-

tions to assist NSF grantees with communicating

research findings to the public. The online guide

explains whom at NSF a grantee should contact

for assistance, the different communication meth-

ods available, and tips. The guide can be found at


Bipartisan Biomedical

Research Caucus Formed in

the Senate

In May 5, Senators

Richard Durbin

(D-IL) and

Lindsey Graham

(R-SC) launched the Senate

NIH Caucus, a new bipartisan group that will

offer an opportunity for senators to educate their

colleagues about the importance of the nation’s

biomedical research agency. As stated in a “dear

colleague” letter sent to all members of the Sen-

ate, the goal of the caucus is to “seek a bipartisan

strategy to restore the purchasing power that NIH

has lost and provide steady, predictable growth

for biomedical research in the future.” Caucuses

are formed in both the House and Senate, so that

members that share an interest in particular policy

areas can raise awareness of those issues and work

together on related legislation.

All senators are welcome to join the new NIH

caucus. Biophysical Society members are encour-

aged to ask their members to join the caucus via

the Society’s online advocacy center at


NIGMS Establishes Center for

Research Capacity Building

The National Institute of General Medical Sci-

ences (NIGMS), NIH, has established a new

Center for Research Capacity Building (CRCB).

The purpose of the new center is to serve as the

hub for NIGMS capacity-building programs,

which include the Institutional Development

Award (IDeA), Support of Competitive Research

(SCORE) and Native American Research Cen-

ters for Health (NARCH). These programs were

previously housed in a branch of the Institute’s

Division of Training, Workforce Development,

and Diversity (TWD).

IDeA builds research capacities in states that

historically have had low levels of NIH funding

by supporting basic, clinical and translational

research; faculty development; and infrastructure

improvements. SCORE focuses on increasing

the research competitiveness of faculty at institu-

tions that have a historical mission focused on

serving students from underrepresented groups.

And NARCH supports research, research train-

ing, and faculty and infrastructure development

through partnerships between American Indian/

Alaska Native tribes or tribally based organizations

and academic institutions that conduct intensive

biomedical research.

“The new organizational structure will allow for

more efficient planning, coordination, and execu-

tion among the research, research training and

research resource access activities of these impor-

tant programs,” said NIGMS Director

Jon Lorsch

in a press release.

W. Fred Taylor

, who has served as chief of the

TWD’s Capacity Building Branch since 2013

and as director of the IDeA program since 1998 is

serving as the Center’s acting director.

NIGMS Names New

Division Director

NIGMS has announced that

Alison Gammie


join NIGMS as the director of the Division of

Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity