President Obama spoke for 20 minutes yesterday at the fifth White House Science Fair. In addition to highlighting the projects of several of the 100 participating students, Obama made three announcements regarding access to broadband services, new private-sector commitments of $240 million for STEM education programs, and initiatives to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM fields.
The Obama Administration sent its FY 2016 budget request to Congress yesterday for the new fiscal year that starts on October 1. At briefings held throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area senior agency officials reviewed key components of the S&T request. One of those sessions was an afternoon briefing featuring Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren and three senior administration officials.
“There is established an Arctic Executive Steering Committee . . . which shall provide guidance to executive departments and agencies . . . and enhance coordination of Federal Arctic policies across agencies and offices, and, where applicable, with State, local, and Alaska Native tribal governments and similar Alaska Native organizations, academic and research institutions, and the private and nonprofit sectors” declares an Executive Order issued by President Obama.
Mildred Dresselhaus was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama yesterday. The White House explains “The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
On Friday, the 106th Congress wrapped its remaining appropriations bills into a consolidated package, sent it to President Clinton, and adjourned. This final appropriations package incorporates the FY 2001 Labor-HHS-Education, Commerce- Justice-State, Treasury-Postal, and Legislative Branch appropriations legislation.
Misconduct Policy More than four and one-half years after discussions began about the development of a research misconduct policy, the Clinton Administration last week issued a final "Federal Policy on Research Misconduct." This government-wide policy is to be implemented by December 6, 2001, with the assistance of a National Science and Technology Council implementation group.
The White House has issued a hard-hitting release critical of the S&T related appropriations bills that are now making their way through the House and Senate. Interspersed throughout this release are references to physical sciences.
The President and First Lady were among the guests gathered in the East Room of the White House last week for the latest Millennium Lecture, this one focusing on the exploration of deep space and the deep ocean. Appearing before them was Dr. Marcia McNutt, who will become president of the American Geophysical Union on July 1, and Dr. Neil de Grasse Tyson, a member of the Council of the American Astronomical Union.