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FYI THIS MONTH: OCTOBER 2007
HIGHLIGHTS OF DEVELOPMENTS IN WASHINGTON IMPACTING THE PHYSICS COMMUNITY FROM FYI, THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS BULLETIN OF SCIENCE POLICY NEWS

To read the cited FYIs, see the FYI archive at: http://www.aip.org/fyi/2007/

NUCLEAR ENERGY: International interest in the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership is growing. Described as "a path forward toward increasing the use of safe, reliable and affordable nuclear power worldwide," representatives from 38 countries and three intergovernmental agencies meet in Vienna. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman told the meeting that "we must face the central fact that nuclear power is the only mature technology able today to supply sufficiently large amounts of emissions-free base load power to the world to meet the projected growth in demand for electricity." (FYI #101)

NASA FUNDING: With wide, bipartisan support, senators added $1.0 billion to the proposed FY 2008 NASA budget to restore funding that had been reallocated from the "Exploration Capabilities" and "Science, Aeronautics, and Exploration" accounts. Money had been shifted to upgrade space shuttle safety following the 2003 Columbia accident. (FYI #102)

VETO THREAT TO FY 2008 SCIENCE FUNDING BILL: There is a $22 billion difference between the amount of overall discretionary funding that Congress and President Bush want to spend in FY 2008. The Office of Management and Budget issued a statement warning that because of this impasse, the President would veto the bill funding the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. (FYI #103) The Senate passed its version of the bill by 75-19 after debate about the bill's spending level. (FYI #106)

DOE SCIENCE FACILITIES PLAN: The Office of Science released an interim report reviewing the status of 28 proposed scientific facilities or major DOE facility upgrades. Some modifications have been made since the original plan was published in November 2003. "Significant progress has been made," Energy Under Secretary for Science Ray Orbach declared in his introduction to the report. (FYI #104)

NEW K-12 SCIENCE EDUCATION REPORT: A National Science Board report on the U.S. system of pre-college through 12th grade science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education received generally good reviews at a congressional hearing. There is some controversy about the report's recommendation calling for the establishment of "a new, independent, non-Federal National Council for STEM Education to coordinate and facilitate STEM programs and initiatives throughout the nation." (FYI #105)

CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING CLIMATE CHANGE TESTIMONY: Members of Congress and the Administration disagreed about the manner in which testimony given by a senior federal agency official regarding climate change impacts on health was edited by White House officials. (#108)

Richard M. Jones
Media and Government Relations Division
American Institute of Physics
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