FYI THIS MONTH: MARCH 2010
HIGHLIGHTS OF DEVELOPMENTS IN WASHINGTON IMPACTING THE PHYSICS
OSTP Director Testifies on Capitol Hill:
Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren found general support for the Administration’s FY 2011 request for science and technology spending, but many questions about its decision to terminate NASA’s Constellation Program. (#29)
Hearings on Administration’s New Space Policy:
Opposition to the Administration’s new space policy was deep and bipartisan on both sides of the Capitol. (#30)
Report Highlights the Role of S&T in Reducing the Nuclear Arsenal:
A report by the American Physical Society, a Member Society of the American Institute of Physics, outlines a strategy for how science and technology can inform governments working toward nuclear disarmament. (#31)
Congressional Efforts in Support of the NSF and DOE Office of Science:
Letters circulated on Capitol Hill in support of the Administration’s request for the DOE Office of Science and the National Science Foundation. (#32)
Hearing on Federal Medical Radiation Standards:
There was uniform agreement that stronger federal regulation is needed of medical radiation diagnostic and treatment procedures. (#33)
House Appropriations Hearing on DOE’s Energy R&D Programs:
The Department of Energy’s programs in energy research and development were the focus of a House appropriations hearing on the FY 2011 budget request. (#34)
National Science Foundation Hearings:
Members of the House Subcommittee on Research and Science Education and a House appropriations subcommittee were supportive of NSF’s programs and its FY 2011 request, with most questions focusing on K-12 education and outreach programs. (#35, 36)
NASA Administrator Testifies Before House Appropriators:
Administrator Charles Bolden’s contention that the Administration’s new space policy is the right vision for NASA was met with more consideration by committee members. (#37)
Education Department Unveils Plans to Reauthorize Education Act:
The Administration’s plan to reform the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is unclear about what, if any, incentives schools will have to include science assessments in their “accountability system.” (#38)
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