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FYI THIS MONTH: APRIL 2008

HIGHLIGHTS OF DEVELOPMENTS IN WASHINGTON IMPACTING THE PHYSICS COMMUNITY FROM FYI, THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS BULLETIN OF SCIENCE POLICY NEWS

Richard M. Jones

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SPEAKING UP FOR SCIENCE: Constituents supporting additional
current year funding for the DOE Office of Science, the National
Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Standards and
Technology were urged to call Members of Congress and the White
House (#43)

ORBACH APPEARS BEFORE APPROPRIATORS: Relatively few questions were posed to DOE Under Secretary for Science Ray Orbach when he appeared before Senate appropriators. Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Byron Dorgan (D- ND) criticized requested cuts to DOE's Energy Efficiency and
Renewable Energy's FY 2009 budget as "not justifiable," later
saying, "we've got to find a way to deal with all of this." (#44)

SENATE NASA HEARING: Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) expressed frustration with the current and previous NASA budget requests, saying they
lack the funding needed to fulfill the assignments made to the
agency. She also spoke of her opposition to flying the shuttle
beyond its scheduled 2010 retirement date. (#45)

ADDITIONAL CURRENT YEAR FUNDING: Although there has been considerable discussion about providing more funding for NSF, DOE
Office of Science, and NIST, it is unclear if more money will actually be available. (#46)

LETTERS SUPPORTING ADDITIONAL OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND NSF FY 2008 FUNDING: Four letters were sent to House and Senate appropriators that were signed by many Democratic and Republican
representatives and senators. Almost 250 associations, businesses, and universities signed a similar letter to President Bush. (#47 and #49)

CONSEQUENCES OF ITER FUNDING DEFAULT: Senator Lamar Alexander (R- TN) warned that U.S. failure to make its $160 million
contribution to ITER construction this year could result in a $750 million default penalty. (#48)

JOHN ARCHIBALD WHEELER HONORED: The House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring physicist John Archibald Wheeler, who died on April 13. (#50)

DOE OFFICE OF SCIENCE INITIATIVE: DOE announced a new funding opportunity to accelerate scientific breakthroughs for the
development of advanced energy technologies. (#51)

YUCCA MOUNTAIN: DOE will file its application for a construction
license with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission by the end of June. Meanwhile, the senior official overseeing this nuclear waste program said that funding shortages have delayed the best achievable date for the proposed opening of the Nevada repository. (#52)

Richard M. Jones
Media and Government Relations Division
American Institute of Physics
fyi@aip.org
301-209-3095

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