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April 1, 2016
Medical schools and universities are protesting Republicans’ decision to issue subpoenas for the names of researchers involved in fetal tissue studies, saying it could put their safety at risk. The Association of American Medical Colleges, which represents all of the country’s medical schools, expressed its “significant concerns” in a letter on Thursday to the heads of the congressional committee set up to investigate Planned Parenthood. "Initial requests sent to our member institutions failed to articulate why information that identified individuals was being requested and how the Panel intended to use this information,” the letter continues. “No assurances were provided to institutions that the Panel would institute any measures to ensure that this information would be safeguarded." The letter urged committee leaders to establish bipartisan rules on how the information will be used and safeguarded. The Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities joined the letter.
April 1, 2016
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Association of American Universities sent a letter to the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives — which is investigating fetal tissue research — opposing subpoenas that could reveal the identities of people involved with the research including researchers, staff and graduate students. “Many scientists and physicians are deeply concerned for their safety and that of their patients, colleagues, and students in light of inflammatory statements and reports surrounding fetal tissue donation,” the letter says. “We are troubled that this information is being sought without any rules or process in place to govern how the Panel will use and protect personally identifiable and other sensitive information.”
January 1, 2016
"Over the past year or more there has been so much momentum building for support for NIH and a recognition that the agency has really been neglected in terms of funding for a long time," says Jennifer Poulakidas, Vice President for Congressional and Governmental Affairs at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and co-president at United for Medical Research, an alliance advocating for increased NIH funding.
November 18, 2015
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has been elected as chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
June 16, 2015
Patent reform legislation targeting patent trolls continues to move forward as the Senate’s PATENT Act, introduced into the Senate at the end of April, was voted out of Committee and to the Senate floor by a 16-4 vote on Thursday, June 4, 2015; and the Innovation Act, introduced into the House of Representatives in February was voted to the House Floor by a 24-8 vote on Thursday, June 11, 2015. As we reported at the end of April, multiple bills have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate this year targeting litigation and pre-litigation tactics often employed by patent trolls. These bills include the TROL Act, targeting abusive patent demand letters; the STRONG Patents Act, addressing post-grant proceedings and abusive patent demand letters; and the two omnibus bills, the Innovation Act and the PATENT Act.
March 31, 2015
By Thomas Carey
In the first part of this post, we reviewed the concept of faculty emotional ownership in an innovative teaching community as a way to reduce Not-Invented-Here obstacles to scaling up effective teaching practices for student success. In this follow-up, we’re going to focus on emerging developments that are centered on course-related collaborations. That usually involves some kind of repository of shared course resources, but it’s important to see the repository as a tool for supporting the collaboration (not the other way round, where the shared course is seen as the targeted result and the collaboration is just there to support it).
March 6, 2015
By Rebecca Trager
The academic research community is endorsing new legislation to clamp down on so-called patent trolling, introduced by Senator Chris Coons and several Democratic colleagues in direct opposition to the much-maligned Innovation Act already sponsored by Republican congressman Bob Goodlatte. Last month, more than 140 universities warned congressional leaders that Goodlatte’s bill would interrupt the flow of discoveries from academia to industry by making it harder and more costly for universities to defend their patent rights. Meanwhile, the academic community has warmly received the Coons bill, which they see as more favourable to innovators and patent owners.
March 3, 2015
By Tara Garcia Mathewson
The presidents of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the Association of American Universities and the American Council on Education sent a letter to ranking Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate budget committees, urging them to pull the recent spending caps from the 2016 budget and prioritize funding for higher education and research.
March 3, 2015
By Gene Quinn
Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) have submitted alternative patent reform legislation. The Support Technology and Research for Our Nations Growth Patents Act, or STRONG Patents Act, is supported by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the Innovation Alliance and at least several major university groups, including the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
March 2, 2015
By Andy Thomason
Three higher-education leaders are urging federal lawmakers to repeal sequestration and increase research funding in the budget for the 2016 fiscal year. In a letter on Friday, the presidents of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the Association of American Universities, and the American Council on Education wrote that continued limits on federal investment in scientific research and higher education would threaten the position of the United States as the world’s top economic power.