"What are the prospects for CMMP [Condensed-Matter and Materials Physics] in the early part of the 21st century?"is the focus of a new study by a National Research Council committee. The answer can be found in a 216-page report that was released last week by the Committee on CMMP 2010 of the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Research Council's Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences. "CMMP faces exciting scientific and technological opportunities" the report concludes, but then warns, "there are danger signs on the horizon."

21 Jun 2007

Two years after a tsunami in the Indian Ocean killed more than 200,000 people in south Asia, a bill was signed into law that would authorize and enhance NOAA's programs to understand and detect tsunamis threatening the U.S., warn the American public, and mitigate the effects. "Preparedness saves lives and legislation like this can put the informational tools in place for us to be as well-equipped as possible," said incoming House Science Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) in a press release.

11 Jan 2007

The 110th Congress convenes tomorrow. House and Senate leaders have announced the congressional calendar for the year.

Use the following calendar to plan visits with Members of Congress. Members and staff emphasize the importance of constituent meetings. Such meetings are an important part of the daily routine in both the Member’s Washington and local offices.

In a dramatic change from previous years, the House Democratic leadership has announced that votes will be held on all week days while the House is in session.

3 Jan 2007

The Media and Government Relations Division of the American Institute of Physics provides a number of free services, programs and products that are intended to help members of the physical sciences community stay informed about federal budget and policy developments, and to facilitate communications with Members of Congress. We invite you to take advantage of these products, to let others in the science community know about them, and to contact our office if we can be of assistance.

2 Jan 2007

The following are the dates that Congress is scheduled to be in recess this year:               

March 15 to 30: House and Senate Easter Recess

May 24 to June 1: Senate Memorial Day Recess

May 24 to June 2: House Memorial Day Recess

June 28 to July 6: Senate Fourth of July Recess

June 28 to July 7: House Fourth of July Recess

August 4 to September 7: House August Recess

August 9 to September 7: Senate August Recess

September 26: House Target Adjournment Date

October 1: Start of New Fiscal Year

November 4: Election Day

20 Feb 2008

There were no surprises - as anticipated - in the full 115-page Augustine committee report released on October 22.  The committee’s major findings had been summarized in a twelve-page brief issued  last month.  The full report provided additional evidence for what has long been known: there is a fundamental, and persistent, disparity between NASA’s current and future programs and its annual appropriations.

29 Oct 2009


A recent report by the National Academy of Sciences criticizes the nation’s export and visa control systems, characterizing them as “broken.”

30 Jan 2009

One  of the key decisions Congress will make in coming months concerns future federal  funding for science and technology.  A National  Research Council report requested by the Central Intelligence Agency and the  Defense Intelligence Agency highlights the need to make this decision in the  context of actions being taken by other foreign governments in their support of  S&T, and the implications these actions will have on U.S. security and  competitiveness.

19 Nov 2010

“For optimizing knowledge-based resources in science and technology, and for sustaining an environment for new and revitalized industries and the well-paying jobs they bring, a beam of particles is a very useful tool.” - Department of Energy: “Accelerators for America’s Future”

8 Sep 2010

A survey released in June of more than 1,400 adults (including 646 parents of children in kindergarten through 12th grade) finds a broad public consensus on the importance of science education and mixed opinions on how well schools are preparing students on the subject.

17 Aug 2010


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