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NASA Holds Exploration Forum Outlining Pathway to Mars

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other officials outlined the agency’s pathway to Mars at a well-attended forum.

Good Hearing for DOE Secretary Moniz Before House Science Committee

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz testified before the House Science Committee about the Administration’s FY 2015 request for his department.  While there are differences in approaches and priorities between committee members and the Obama Administration the hearing went surprisingly well given the diversity of DOE’s portfolio. 

Top Senate Appropriators Fault FY 2015 NASA Budget Request

Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL) voiced their concerns at a hearing on the FY 2015 NASA budget request.

The House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee approved its FY 2015 Funding Bill and made the following recommendations:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Institute of Standards and Technology
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Science Foundation

Report Outlines Areas for Federal Investment and Cooperation in Optics and Photonics

A report outlining opportunities for investment and cooperation in applied optics and photonics research was prepared by the Fast-Track Action Committee on Optics and Photonics and presented to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Physical Sciences Subcommittee of the Committee on Science, National Science and Technology Council. 

Senate Appropriations Committee Holds Innovation Hearing

The Senate Committee on Appropriations held a hearing to examine federal investments in innovation.  More than 100 organizations, including the American Astronomical Society and American Physical Society, both member societies of the American Institute of Physics, submitted testimony.

PCAST Discusses Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships, Systems Engineering, and Innovation in China

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology held a meeting during which they discussed advanced manufacturing partnerships, systems engineering as it relates to healthcare and the implications of Chinese advancements in science, technology, and innovation

Senate Letter Supports Department of Defense Basic Research Funding

Senators were given the opportunity to sign a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense regarding funding for the Basic Research programs of the Department of Defense.

Senate Appropriations Hearing on NNSA Focuses on MOX Facility

The Obama Administration’s request to pause FY 2015 construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility was the focus of a hearing of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee.

Space Subcommittee Discusses Hazards Posed by Orbital Debris

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Space held a hearing to discuss space traffic management with a particular focus on orbital debris.

House Research Subcommittee Discusses Nanotechnology

The Research Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing during which Members examined nanotechnology research and development and discussed the National Nanotechnology Initiative.

Coalition Issues Statement on FY 2015 NSF Funding Bill

The Coalition for National Science Funding, to which AIP and several of its Member Societies belong, sent a statement to all representatives regarding H.R. 4660 in advance of the House’s consideration of this bill. 

House Science Committee Hearing on NOAA Budget Request

NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan’s appearance before the House Subcommittee on Environment of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee went well.

Science Committee Examines Astrobiology Research and the Search for Life in the Universe

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing to review the current state of astrobiology.  Members were interested in the use of radio and optical astronomy in the search for intelligent life. 

House Science Committee Approves NSF and NIST Bill on Party Line Vote

The full House Science, Space, and Technology Committee considered the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Act. After a series of party line roll call votes on various amendments the committee approved the bill and sent it to the full House. 

Richard M. Jones
Government Relations Division
American Institute of Physics