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FYI THIS MONTH: SEPTEMBER 2010

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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

An Overview of Recent Developments

The Department of Energy is seeking input on “Energy Education and Workforce Development.” The White House announced a summary of changes to the export control system. A NASA reauthorization bill was passed by the Senate. The Secretary of Energy Advisory Board was reestablished. NIST announced a realignment of its laboratories.

AIP Seeks Applicants for State Department Fellowship Program

Applications are due by November 1 to an AIP program for Fellows to work for a year at the U.S. Department of State.

“Accelerators for America’s Future”

A new report presents the findings of five workshops that met a year ago at a symposium sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Office of High Energy Physics. The report will serve as a foundation for a technology R&D strategic plan that will be developed by DOE’s Office of Science.

Defense Science Board to Review Basic Research

The Board has been asked to form a Task Force to “assess matters relating to departmental planning and managing the defense basic research program.”

Little Progress Expected on Key S&T Appropriations and Authorization Bills

Congressional action was not anticipated on FY 2011 appropriations bills funding S&T agencies, or on major authorization bills.

House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Defends NASA Reauthorization Bill

Committee chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) responded to a letter charging that his committee’s bill “substantially underfunded”several NASA programs.

“A Shared Vision”: Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey

A new report recommends priorities for space- and ground-based astronomy and astrophysics for NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy.

Senate FY 2011 Defense Appropriations Bill

Total funding for DOD’s basic research, applied research, and advanced technology development programs would decline 4.8 percent under this bill. Basic research funding would increase 9.3 percent.

President’s Council of S&T Advisors Issues Strategy to Transform K-12 STEM Education

The importance of STEM education and a series of conclusions and recommendations for improving how the nation’s students are taught are the focus of this report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

New Fiscal Year Starts With Continuation of Current Funding Levels

With few exceptions, current levels of funding will continue until December 3 under a bill passed by Congress. One exception was $624 million in additional funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration for programs related to the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

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