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FYI THIS MONTH: AUGUST 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

FY 2011 Senate NIBIB Appropriations Bill

Funding for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering would increase 2.8 percent under the FY 2011 Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill. (#85)

Senate COMPETES Bill Passed by Committee

There was little discussion by the members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee before they approved by a unanimous voice vote their version of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act. The House passed its version of this legislation in May. The current law expires at the end of this month. (#86)

White House Issues FY 2012 S&T Priorities Memo

As part of the FY 2012 budget formulation process, the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a memo to agency and department heads calling for the prioritization of key science and technology activities. The memo outlines important program guidance. (#87)

Senate FY 2011 Department of Education Appropriations Bill

The total budget for the Department of Education would increase 4.2 percent next year under a Senate appropriation bill. Funding for the Mathematics and Science Partnerships would remain flat. (#88)

Public Perceptions of Science Education

A survey of 1,400 adults revealed a broad consensus on the importance of science education, and a range of opinion regarding how well schools are preparing students. (#89)

House Subcommittee Approves Nuclear Energy R&D Bill

A subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee approved a measure that would modify the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The bill includes provisions on small modular reactors, a nuclear fuel cycle R&D program, a NIST nuclear energy standards committee, and mandates a report summarizing the quantitative risks of a severe accident from the use of nuclear power. (#90)

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