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FYI THIS MONTH: JANUARY 2010

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

Highlights of S&T Policy Developments of 2009:

A summary of major developments selected from FYI’s 152 issues last year. (#1)

Selected Quotations from FYI in 2009:

Some of the most insightful quotations appearing in FYI last year. (#2)

Obama Lauds STEM Teachers, Calls on Federal Scientists to Join National Lab Day:

Remarks by President Obama at a White House reception during which he discussed the Administration’s “Educate to Innovate” initiative and a call for scientists to participate in a program at local schools. (#3)

PCAST Meeting Highlights Administration’s Programs and Strategies:

Senior officials reviewed the Department of Energy’s clean energy program, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Administration’s innovation policy that is targeted on saving and creating American jobs. (#4)

Report Offers Consensus Recommendations on Expanding Public Access to Scholarly Articles:

Key stakeholders offered recommendations for increasing free public access to research articles published in peer-reviewed journals while preserving “the essential functions of the scholarly publishing enterprise.” (#5)

“Science and Engineering Indicators 2010":

The National Science Board, in conjunction with the National Science Foundation, released a 500-page report that compiles thousands of statistics relating to the conduct of science and engineering in the U.S. (#6)

Public Attitudes Regarding Science and Technology:

A review of key findings appearing in “Science and Engineering Indicators 2010.” (#7)

2010 Congressional Calendar:

Important dates for planning a visit or event involving a Member of Congress. (#8)

State of the Union:

Selections from the President’s remarks regarding issues of concern to the physics and science education communities. (#9)

House Science Committee Hearing Starts Work on COMPETES Reauthorization:

The committee heard from witnesses describing the importance of this legislation that expires at the end of September. (#10)

House Science Committee Hearing on ARPA-E:

The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy received high marks from committee members and private sector witnesses. (#11)

Forward Movement on Nuclear Waste Management:

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the formation of a Blue Ribbon Commission to develop “a safe, long-term solution for the management of used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste.” (#12)

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