Mary Woolley Weekly Advocacy Messages

Last Friday, I joined ASM CEO Stefano Bertuzzi and Georgetown McDonough School of Business professor and social marketing guru Bill Novelli in a lively session on advocacy for science. 

Word of a plan to pass an FY18 omnibus bill in the House by the end of July has surfaced

I hope you had an opportunity to read America’s ‘Miracle Machine’ is in desperate need of, well, a miracle in last Friday’s Washington Post. The authors, Eric S. Lander and Eric E. Schmidt, build a case for “investing in curiosity about the natural world” that exemplifies advocacy at its most compelling. The term “aha moment” may be overused, but it applies to this commentary as surely as it does to President Franklin Roosevelt’s remarks on the dedication of the NIH’s then-new campus in 1940, when he proclaimed: “We cannot be a strong nation unless we are a healthy nation. And so we must recruit not only men and materials, but also knowledge and science in the service of national strength.”

Last weekend’s March for Science truly was a celebration and a success.

This Saturday, advocates will celebrate science at events in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of cities across the globe to call attention to the value of science -

OMB has recommended cuts to FY17 appropriations, which would precede, if you will, the proposed FY18 cuts. 

House Republican Leadership released an ACA replacement bill this week (section summaries available from the Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means committees). 

President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress on Tuesday evening. With his heartfelt recognition of Megan Crowley and Rare Disease Day, and his vision that "[achieving] cures to illnesses that have always plagued us are not too much to hope," the President demonstrated his commitment to faster medical progress.

I have exciting news! Joe Biden, the 47th Vice President of the United States, will join us at our 21st Annual Advocacy Awards Dinner on March 15 to receive the Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award.

Budget conversations are back to the fore. President Trump has made it clear that his budget will cut non-defense discretionary (NDD) deeply.


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