What kind of advocacy support is available to ASIP members?
ASIP is a member of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), a coalition of 27 scientific societies representing over 110,000 researchers. The FASEB Office of Public Affairs works with the representatives of its member societies to develop and promote policies to advance research and education in the biological and biomedical sciences.
James M. Musser, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President and Co-Director of the Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston, represents ASIP on the FASEB Board of Directors and William A. Muller, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Pathology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine represents ASIP on FASEB's Science Policy Committee. The team of Public Affairs staff also provides analytic, communications, and technical support for FASEB's public policy initiatives.
The FASEB Policy & Government Affairs webpages have many useful advocacy tools and materials that are freely available to all FASEB society members. As an ASIP member, you can...
|•||receive FASEB's e-Action Alerts with important updates on major public policy issues. Sign up for FASEB's e-Action Alerts here.|
|•||use FASEB's Congressional Visit Toolbox to learn how to plan a visit with senators and representatives in their home districts and/or on Capitol Hill. The Toolkit provides information on how to communicate with elected officials, tips for making the most out of your visit, and printable advocacy materials to bring along and distribute.|
|•||access factsheets developed to help biomedical researchers convey the importance of National Institutes of Health funding to individual states and districts, the value of federally funded biomedical and biological research, and the damaging effects of sequestration cuts.|
|•||visit FASEB's Legislative Action Center to identify your local elected officials as well as find up-to-date news on recent votes and elections and current legislation.|
|•||subscribe to FASEB's bi-weekly electronic newsletter, the Washington Update, which features federal policy issues important to biological and biomedical research. Sign-up to receive the Washington Update here.|
What should I do if my senators or representatives aren't voting in support of the biomedical or research issues important to me?
Asking for an explanation of why your representative voted the way he/she did on a particular issue is a good first step, as is identifying other influential people in your community who may also share your concerns. Contact Jennifer Dreyfus (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jennifer Zeitzer (email@example.com) for assistance in learning what you can do if your member of Congress is not supportive of the biomedical or research issues important to you.