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

The Commerce, Justice and State Appropriations bill, H.R. 2519, was
signed into law by President Clinton on October 27.  This bill
contains fiscal year 1994 funding for the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the Department of
Commerce.  NIST was favored with an increase of 35 percent over its
1993 budget.  While not quite the astronomical 39.4 percent growth
requested by the Clinton Administration, it is a very significant
increase from a Congress that is looking hard for programs to cut.

4 Nov 1993

In addition to the Superconducting Super Collider and fusion energy
programs reported on in previous FYIs, the conference committee
report for the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill
appropriated the following amounts and made the below
recommendations for physics-related research programs:

Under the budget category of "Energy Research" is a category
entitled "Basic Energy Sciences."  Under this heading, MATERIALS
SCIENCES received $276,985,000, the full administration request.

2 Nov 1993


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