FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News

FYI THIS MONTH: NOVEMBER 2009

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

Richard M. Jones
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Space Exploration:

Norman Augustine and Edward Crawley discussed the tangible and intangible benefits of human space flight at a briefing accompanying the release of the much-anticipated report “Seeking a Human Space Flight Program Worthy of a Great Nation.” (#129)

FY 2010 USGS Appropriations Bill:

The total USGS budget increases by 6.5 percent in FY 2010, with individual program budgets increasing between 2.4 percent and 43.3 percent. (#130)

AIP Congressional Fellowship:

The deadline for scientists who belong to one of AIP’s ten Member Societies to apply to this program is January 15, 2010. Fellows work for a Member of Congress or a congressional committee. (#131)

Accelerator Symposium:

There was widespread interest at a three-day symposium on the potential of accelerators in medical, industrial and energy applications, as well as new accelerator technologies. (#132)

PCAST Members Review STEM Education:

Members of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology received briefings from senior Administration officials about the government’s efforts to encourage STEM careers and an update from Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan at an October meeting. (#133)

ARPA-E Makes First Awards:

Following an overwhelming response to its first Funding Opportunity Announcement by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, the agency made $151 million in research grants. (#134)

AIP Mather Public Policy Intern Program:

AIP and the John and Jane Mather Foundation for Science and the Arts announced the establishment of the AIP Mather Public Policy Intern Program. This new program expands AIP’s Society of Physics Students internship program and will enable the placement of physics undergraduates at congressional or other policy-oriented offices. (#135)

Senate Passes NASA, NIST, NSF Funding Bill:

The Senate passed its version of the FY 2010 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill. A conference with House appropriators to write a final compromise bill is pending. (#136)

Hearing on Fusion Energy:

Members of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment voiced support for fusion energy research, but raised questions about fusion’s potential to be a significant source of power for the generation of electricity. (#137)

Medical Isotope Bill:

The House passed by an overwhelming vote legislation to encourage the production of molybdenum-99 in the United States using low enriched uranium. (#138)

Economic Stimulus Act’s Science Spending:

Congressional leaders announced a new web site providing information on how $21 billion provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was awarded for R&D, scientific equipment, and science-related construction. (#139)

White House Announces Major STEM Initiative:

In a speech stressing the importance of STEM in all aspects of modern life, President Barack Obama announced the Educate to Innovate campaign, the highlight of which will be a National Lab Day in May 2010. (#140)

Nuclear Energy:

A speech by Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) reviewed the status, outlook and ramifications of nuclear power. (#141)

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