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FYI THIS MONTH: SEPTEMBER 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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FY 2009 DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL: The FY 2009 Defense Appropriations Bill was one of the few passed by Congress by the start of the new fiscal year. Under this bill, total funding for basic research, applied research, and advanced technology development increases 6.4 percent. Basic research funding increases 12.7 percent. The cap on indirect cost rates for basic research was extended another year. (#96)

ENGINEERING EVENT ON CAPITOL HILL: A senior National Science Foundation official was one of the speakers at a Capitol Hill discussion and exhibition on a "standards based, research driven, classroom tested" elementary school curriculum called "Engineering is Elementary." (#97)

NASA ADVISORY SUBCOMMITTEE: NASA's Heliophysics Subcommittee met to review flight program status, research developments, access to space, budget uncertainty, and the transition to the next Administration. (#99)

NUCLEAR FORENSICS: The FY 2009 defense authorization act contains a provision calling for a research and development plan to improve the ability of the Department of Energy to attribute nuclear material to its source. This nuclear forensics capability was recommended by a Working Group of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was contained in a bill sponsored by Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL). (#100)

NASA AUTHORIZATION BILL: Congress passed a one-year bill authorizing NASA programs that is intended to demonstrate to the next president strong congressional support for the agency. (#101)

OBAMA, McCAIN ON EDUCATION: The two major presidential candidates discussed education policy at the final televised debate two weeks before the election. Now President-Elect Obama stressed the importance of readying a new generation of teachers, making college affordable, the role of the federal government, early childhood education, and charter schools, and said schools need both more money and more reform. (#102) Later, campaign surrogates provided further information on McCain's and Obama's positions. (#103)

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