The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology is considering measures to boost its membership and promote biomedical research, as well as redefine its financial structure. FASEB president William L. Dewey, associate provost for research and graduate affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, says that the Bethesda, Md.-based organization wants to become more attractive to both its current seven societies and potential new members by making FASEB membership less expensive and having the group's meeting structure more flexible. He says he wants the federation's primary goal to focus on public affairs, which would be timely, since FASEB recently joined Research!America, a coalition promoting public support for biomedical research. Another change could involve the federation's fiscal dues policy, which currently charges each society $60 per individual member. A new policy being discussed would require societies to pay only for services that it wishes to use (like publications). FASEB also is seeking a...

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