By: Sara Cassidy, M.S., Ph.D.
More money for the fight against Ebola
President Obama asked Congress for more than $6 billion dollars in additional funds to cope with the Ebola crisis. By framing the request as emergency funds, the president hopes to win bipartisan support for the measure. It includes $2.43 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, much of which is apportioned for the Centers for Disease Control to shore up U.S. defense against the disease, as well as to control the epidemic in West Africa. $238 million is requested for the National Institutes for Health for vaccine and medicine development. $2.1 billion for State and international aid is slated for the U.S. Agency for International Development and USAID. Republicans indicate support for the request but also the need for careful review first. The request likely will be discussed in more detail at a Senate Appropriations hearing Nov 12th. (David Rogers, Politico)
Equal Pay for Equal Work
Gender inequity in pay persists in science
A recent survey conducted by the magazine, The Scientist, shines a light on the persistent inequity in pay received by equally qualified female scientists compared to their male colleagues. The difference in pay was most stunning in the U.S. and Canada, where female scientists made approximately $28,000 less than male scientists comparing average salaries. The most equitable pay was found in Latin America, where the difference in average salary was about $300. Independent of gender, the data showed that there were slight to modest increases in pay across different scientific disciplines compared to 2013, with relatively greater increases in the fields of genomics and immunology. (Jyoti Madhusoodanan, The Scientist)
Federal Science Policy – Climate Change
GOP majority could challenge Obama climate policy
In Tuesday’s election, Republicans gained control of the Senate and retained control of the House, which could spell disaster for the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to cut CO2 pollution from coat-fired power plants. The GOP-lead senate has also indicated they will approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would shuttle oil from Canada to U.S. refineries. Republican senator from Oklahoma and climate change denier, James Inhofe, is next in line to chair the Environment and Public Works Committee. (NPR)
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