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FYI This Month: October 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

FY 2012 Senate Appropriations Bill: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Under the Senate bill, funding for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering would increase 6.3 percent, while NIH funding would decline 0.6 percent. 

FY 2012 Senate Appropriations Bill: Department of Education – Science Education Programs

The Senate bill recommends flat funding for the Mathematics and Science Partnerships program.

NRC Report on NASA’s Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Programs

A National Research Council committee reviewed NASA’s programs to reduce the threat posed by meteoroids and orbital debris, and made several key recommendations. 

Council Calls for Action on Clean Energy Agenda

Some of America’s most prominent business executives called on Congress and the Administration to “improve the effectiveness of the U.S. energy innovation program,” recommending a significant increase in funding for ARPA-E, and support for the Department of Energy’s Innovation Hubs.

NRC Study on Successful K-12 STEM Education

A National Research Council committee found little firm evidence about how to improve K-12 instruction in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. 

Senior Appropriator Warns About Impacts of Automatic Funding Cuts

The top-ranking House Democratic appropriator warned that automatic budget reductions in January 2013 would dramatically impact NIH, NASA, NSF, NOAA, and the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Cutting the Deficit: Views of Top House Science Committee Republican and Democrat

Letters to the deficit reduction committee took two very different approaches, one voicing general support for federal science and technology programs, the other recommending $1.5 billion in savings in FY 2012. 

Senators Mikulski and Hutchison on Proposed FY 2012 Funding for NSF, NASA, NIST

The senators spoke of their bipartisan efforts on a FY 2012 funding bill, the reasons for and the impacts of constrained funding, and the damage that further budget cuts would have on research. 

Letter to Deficit Reduction Committee Highlights Importance of Defense Research

The Coalition for National Security Research urged the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to develop a plan that would avoid automatic spending reductions for the Department of Defense. 

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