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FYI THIS MONTH: DECEMBER 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

Presidential Panel Offers Recommendations on U.S. Energy Transformation

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology recommended a formal, coordinated approach to the development of federal energy policy and a dramatic increase in federal spending for energy research, development, demonstration, and deployment. 

Fiscal Commission Makes Growth and Competitiveness a Priority

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform called for “expanding high-value research and development in energy and other critical areas.”

AIP Seeks Applicants for Congressional Fellowship Program

The application deadline is January 15, 2011 for this one-year Fellowship on Capitol Hill.

President Obama Reiterates His Support for R&D

“Our generation’s Sputnik moment is back” the President told an audience when discussing the importance of research and development to meeting the challenge of international competition. 

Important Medical Isotope Produced with Low Enriched Uranium

Funding provided by the National Nuclear Security Administration supported the production of molybdenum-99 with low enriched uranium targets at a facility in South Africa. 

Important Week for FY 2011 Appropriations Bills

The Senate took a two-pronged approach to completing work on the FY 2011 appropriations bills.

Ralph Hall (R-TX) Will Chair House Science and Technology Committee

Hall is a long time member of the committee, with particular interest in manned space flight and energy policy.

House Majority Leader Seeks Common Ground on Education and Basic Research

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) called for finding common ground on investing in education and basic research. 

Senate Passes America COMPETES Reauthorization Bill

In an unanticipated move, the Senate unanimously passed a new three-year version of this reauthorization bill. 

House Passes COMPETES Bill

The House of Representatives passed the COMPETES bill by a vote of 228-130 and sent it to the President. 

National Science Board Task Force on Data Policies Discusses Public Access

The National Science Board heard from three speakers about issues relating to public access to research results. 

Final Decisions on FY 2011 Appropriations Bills Delayed Until Spring

Congress was unable to agree on FY 2011 spending bills, and provided continued FY 2010 funding until early March. 

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