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“Weather forecasting is so vital and the work that you're doing in ocean mapping and exploration is absolutely essential. And we'll do our very best to protect you” said House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson (R-TX) at the start of last week’s hearing on the FY 2016 request for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

26 Mar 2015

President Obama spoke for 20 minutes yesterday at the fifth White House Science Fair.   In addition to highlighting the projects of several of the 100 participating students, Obama made three announcements regarding access to broadband services, new private-sector commitments of $240 million for STEM education programs, and initiatives to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM fields.

24 Mar 2015

House appropriators met on March 17 to review the FY 2016 budget request for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.  Appearing before the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee were Franklin Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy and Patricia Dehmer, Director of the Office of Science.   Of note were discussions on funding for the Fusion Energy Sciences and Nuclear Physics programs.

24 Mar 2015