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FYI This Month: February 2011

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

Administration Looks Ahead to FY 2012 Budget Release

Previewing the FY 2012 budget request, the White House released a document outlining the Administration’s priorities in innovation, clean energy, and education.

Safety Panel Expresses Reviews NASA’s Human Spaceflight and Exploration Program

An eight-member panel expressed concerns about significant unknowns in NASA’s future programs, concluding “uncertainty has become a critical issue.” 

NSF Director Briefs President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

National Science Foundation Director Subra Suresh discussed basic research, the STEM pipeline, STEM leadership, and interdisciplinary research in his first meeting with PCAST.

House Republicans Propose New FY 2011 S&T Budgets

An initial version of a funding bill for the remainder of this fiscal year would have made dramatic cuts in some S&T agency budgets, keeping other budgets constant, and raised another.

Senior House Republican on Competitiveness

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) described a different approach to competitiveness than that of the President, and said that too much is spent by the government, including R&D.

Congressional Reaction to Proposed Spending Changes

The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee announced his intention to seek additional cuts in FY 2011 spending, eliciting criticism from Democratic leaders.

Harvard Study Finds U.S. Losing Race to Produce Advanced Math Students

Three prominent education researchers found that the U.S. lags far behind other nations in producing high school students who are highly accomplished in math.

FY 2012 Request Keeps Budget Doubling on Track for NSF, DOE Science, and NIST Research

The Administration’s budget request proposed substantial increases in some agency budgets.

FY 2012 Budget Requests:

National Science Foundation
STEM Education Programs  
DOE Office of Science, ARPA-E 
National Nuclear Security Administration 
National Institute of Standards and Technology
U.S. Geological Survey 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration 
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering 
Defense Science and Technology Programs

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