FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News

FYI This Month: July 2008

Highlights of Developments in Washington impacting the physics community from FYI, The American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Science Policy News

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ADDITIONAL CURRENT YEAR SCIENCE FUNDING: President Bush signed legislation providing an additional $337.5 million in current year funding for the DOE Office of Science, NSF, NASA and NIH. (#72)

LARGE HADRON COLLIDER: DOE and NSF announced that the U.S. contribution to the Large Hadron Collider was completed on budget and ahead of schedule. Two U.S. collaborations that were responsible for the construction of final-focus magnet systems and particle detectors will continue their participation at the collider, with first beams scheduled for August. (#73)

NASA MISSIONS AND FUNDING: NASA's Astrophysics Subcommittee met to discuss the agency's current and planned scientific missions, and its funding. There is general consensus in the scientific community that the Science Mission Directorate does not have sufficient resources to pursue new missions. (#74)

FY 2009 DOE SCIENCE FUNDING BILL: The House Appropriations Committee recommended that the Office of Science receive an increase of 20.5 percent for FY 2009. (#76) Senate appropriators recommended a 15.0 percent increase. (#78)

SENATE FY 2009 NIH APPROPRIATIONS BILL: Overall NIH funding would increase by 3.1 percent in FY 2009, while that for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering would increase by 2.9 percent. (#77)

FY 2009 MATH AND SCIENCE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM: The Senate Appropriations Committee provided the Bush Administration's FY 2009 request for level funding for this Department of Education program. (#79)

FY 2009 DOE NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM FUNDING: The House and Senate Appropriations Committees took different approaches in their FY 2009 funding bills for the National Nuclear Security Administration, with House appropriators questioning the policies of the Bush Administration. (#80) (#81)

Conflicts in the House and Senate about offshore drilling and other issues have delayed the completion of the appropriations committees FY 2009 funding bills. It is expected that departments and agencies will receive level funding through March 2009. (#82)

HOUSE HEARING ON K-12 STEM EDUCATION: There was general agreement that much more needs to be done to improve math and science education teaching in the nation's schools, with major emphasis on strengthening teacher training. (#83)

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