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FYI This Month: December 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

House Committee Passes Bill Requiring Disclosure of Peer Reviewers

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform passed H.R. 3433, the Grant Reform and New Transparency Act of 2011 requiring the disclosure of peer reviewers. 

Bill Brinkman on Support for Basic Research

In his guest column for Inside Science Minds, the Director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science wrote “Even in a period of constrained budgets, science in the United States needs consistent support from the federal government to keep the nation competitive in a world that is rapidly advancing.” 

PCAST Briefed on National Nanotechnology Initiative

Members of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology were briefed on the implementation of the council’s recommendations regarding the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). 

Administration to Announce Decision on Mars Missions in February

Members of the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics expressed frustration at a hearing about what they and a prominent planetary scientist charged was the Obama Administration’s lack of commitment to two missions to Mars in 2016 and 2018.  

GAO Issues Report on Alternatives to Using Helium-3 in Neutron Detectors

Representatives Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Brad Miller (D-NC) asked the Government Accountability Office to review the effectiveness and development of alternative neutron detector technologies to be used in place of neutron detectors utilizing helium-3. 

AIP Seeking Applications for Congressional Fellows Program

Members of the physics community who want to spend a unique year learning about the inner workings of Congress in Washington DC should consider applying to the American Institute of Physics Congressional Science Fellowship Program, cosponsored by the Acoustical Society of America. The application deadline is January 15.  

FY 2012 Appropriation for Department of Energy – Office of Science, ARPA-E

Funding for the Office of Science increased by 0.6 percent for FY 2012.  ARPA-E received half of what the Administration requested. 

FY 2012 Appropriation for Department of Energy – National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA received an increase of 4.5 percent in its budget for FY 2012. 

FY 2012 Appropriation for U.S. Geological Survey

The FY 2012 budget for USGS declined by 1.3 percent. 

FY 2012 Appropriation for National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

The FY 2012 budget for NIBIB remained essentially level. 

FY 2012 Appropriations for Department of Education STEM Programs

Total funding increased, and is now divided between two programs. 

FY 2012 Appropriations for Department of Defense Science and Technology Programs

Total funding for 6.1 Basic Research programs increased by 16.6 percent; other program funding did not do nearly as well. 

Science and Technology Landscape in a Changing World – Enhancing Collaboration with the EU and its Member States

At a December 12, 2011 conference, ambassadors, professors, and directors of science-related organizations met to highlight the need to strengthen and shape the strategies for collaboration, assess existing collaboration efforts, and identify opportunities for future transatlantic collaboration in science and technology. 

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