The Pew Research Center, acting in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has released two important surveys on the American public’s and scientists’ views on a wide variety of science-related activities.

25 Feb 2015

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel submitted the 2014 annual report to Congress on January 28.  Established in 1968, the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel is charged with evaluating NASA’s safety and performance.  Included in the report is information gathered from the Panel’s quarterly public meetings, direct observation of NASA operations, and discussions with NASA management, employees and contractors.   The annual report also examines NASA’s compliance wi

11 Feb 2015

A Guide for Postdoctoral Scholars "Providing excellent postdoctoral experiences for junior researchers is critical to the health and productivity of the U.S. system of research," declared Maxine Singer upon the release of a guide sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. She then added, "today's postdoctoral experience has many marvelous aspects, and these must continue.

28 Dec 2000

A new report finds that, compared to their peers around the world, US eighth-grade students score above average in science generally but only at the international average in physics, and are less likely than their international peers to have science teachers with a major or degree in physics. In commenting on the report, Education Secretary Richard Riley said, "It's apparent that we need to make a major investment in upgrading teacher skills in math, science and other subjects."

18 Dec 2000

It is not sufficient...simply to guard against the loss of nuclear secrets. We must also promote a strong and vibrant scientific culture at our national laboratories to continue developing the technological advances that secrecy is designed to protect." - Baker-Hamilton report

1 Dec 2000

Nearly all modern industries benefit from developments in materials research. Because there is considerable overlap in the study of materials problems among industries, solutions have enormous economic leverage." - COSEPUP report

14 Nov 2000

The time to act is now," says a widely-anticipated new report on improving science and math education. "An unusual confluence of factors has created an unprecedented - perhaps once-in-a-lifetime - opportunity for making progress."The report, by the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, calls on the American public to take action "before it's too late" to reform math and science instruction.

3 Oct 2000

Meeting with your representative or senators is one of the most effective ways to convey your views on public policy matters. Such meetings are an important part of a Member's daily schedule, whether at their Capitol Hill office or at their district or state offices.

2 Feb 2000

The Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering, and
Technology, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, have
released a report providing a good overview of various federal
materials research programs.  This 48-page report is entitled,
"Advanced Materials and Processing: the Fiscal Year 1994 Federal
Program in Materials Science and Technology."

8 Dec 1993

Earlier this fall, Vice President Gore released the report of his
National Performance Review, entitled, "From Red Tape to Results:
Creating a Government That Works Better and Costs Less."  While the
report covers all areas and agencies of the government, it suggests
two major actions of consequence for the science community.  One
puts more teeth into the interagency process for coordinating
science and technology policy, the other deals with the Cold War
legacy of the Department of Energy.  Selected portions of the
report are quoted below: 

15 Nov 1993


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