R&D

When Congress adjourns this month all bills that are still pending before it will die. Included in the obituary is likely to be legislation that would authorize the doubling of federal civilian R&D over the next ten years. Despite repeated passage in the Senate of bills that would accomplish this goal, the bill has never cleared the House Science Committee.

10 Oct 2000

"Back on Track" Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson has declared that the National Ignition Facility (NIF) is "back on track" following the release of a final baseline report and an independent technical review. National Nuclear Security Administrator John Gordon agrees, saying, "We have prepared a detailed bottom-up cost and schedule to complete the NIF project....

26 Sep 2000

Warning on U.S. LHC Contribution During a routine hearing this week of the House Science Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) told DOE officials that he would prevent "one thin dime" from being spent on hardware for CERN's Large Hadron Collider by the federal government until certain conditions are met. Although Barton admitted that he did not know how much support he had for his position on Capitol Hill, his statement and demeanor made it clear that he should not be ignored.

6 Mar 1997

"Given the importance of federal R&D investments to the nation, states, and localities, amazingly little information is available about them that is complete, detailed, and current." - new RAND report on Federal R&D

21 Jun 2000

After reports last year of cost overruns and mismanagement in construction of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), DOE was forced to restructure the project. Congress, in its FY 2000 appropriations bill, demanded new cost and schedule estimates for NIF.

15 Jun 2000

During the recently-completed U.S.-Russian summit in Moscow, the two countries announced a formal agreement on disposal of excess nuclear weapons-grade plutonium. The agreement was announced in a joint statement on June 4.

13 Jun 2000

NRC Report Sets Priorities An important National Research Council report predicts major advances in understanding the universe in the coming decade, but cautions that changes are needed in the federal government's support of astronomy and astrophysics. The Next Generation Space Telescope, with 100 times the sensitivity of the Hubble Space Telescope, is given the highest priority in this report that ranked astronomical research and instrumentation for this decade.

8 Jun 2000

Earlier this year, the Council of the American Astronomical Society issued the following open letter, which appeared in this month's AAS Newsletter. The impetus for this statement was the Kansas State Board of Education decision on the teaching of evolution. This open letter was signed by AAS President Robert D. Gehrz.

"To Whom It May Concern:

6 Jun 2000

Physics, Materials, Astronomy, Environmental Sciences As explained in FYI #92, the National Science Board has released the report, "Science and Engineering Indicators 2000." Produced by the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation, this two-volume set contains analysis and thousands of statistics on science and engineering in the United States and, in some cases, other nations.

31 Aug 2000

"In a world being transformed by technology, good science is vital to good diplomacy." --- Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

23 May 2000

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