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Special Issue: Electron Cryomicroscopy



Editors: Edward H. Egelman

and Andreas Engel

Call for Papers

Deadline for submission: July 1, 2015

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NIGMS Recommits to Investi-

gators in Its Strategic Plan

The National Institute of General Medical Scienc-

es (NIGMS) released a strategic plan (2015-2020)

outlining its priorities over the next five years. The

plan is broad in nature, allowing the Institute flex-

ibility to take advantage of opportunities as they

arise but providing a framework to follow.

The plan lays out objectives and strategies to meet

those objectives, with a strong commitment to

investing in researchers and the workforce.

The objectives are:

• Maximize investments in investigator-initiated

biomedical research to drive fundamental sci-

entific discoveries that advance understanding

of human health and disease.

• Support the development of a highly skilled,

creative, and diverse biomedical research


• Support the development of and access to

essential research tools, resources, and capa-

bilities for biomedical research.

• Advance understanding of fundamental

biomedical research and the NIGMS role in

supporting it.

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House Passes Secret

Science Bill

On March 17, the House of Representatives ap-

proved the Secret Science Reform Act of 2015

(H.R. 1030), legislation that seeks to disallow

the use of research findings to create policy at the

Environmental Protection

Agency (EPA).

The Biophysical Society, along with 34 other asso-

ciations and universities, wrote to members of the

House of Representatives on March 16 expressing

serious concerns about the possible unintended

consequences of this bill. The letter, organized by

the American Association for the Advancement of

Science, explained the research community’s con-

cerns about key terms in the bill, the difficulty and

high cost of reproducing long-term public health

and other studies, and the uncompensated finan-

cial burden on research grant recipients of sharing

and archiving research results that might be used

in a regulatory action by EPA.

The organizations note that the White House Of-

fice of Science and Technology Policy is working

with federal agencies to establish policies on access

to research data and suggests that Congress “wait

to review the agency policies before imposing new

statutory requirements.”

The Senate has not indicated whether it will con-

sider the bill. The President, on the other hand, as

indicated he will veto the bill if it comes to him for