R&D

The Department of Energy has selected a new manager for Brookhaven National Laboratory. The new contractor is Brookhaven Science Associates, led by the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, for SUNY-Stony Brook; and Battelle Memorial Research Institute. The five year, $2 billion contract will be awarded in January. This action follows termination of the contract with Associated Universities Inc.

1 Dec 1997

"Literary intellectuals at one pole - at the other scientists, and as the most representative, the physical scientists. Between the two a gulf of mutual incomprehension - sometimes (particularly among the young) hostility and dislike, but most of all lack of understanding."-- C.P. Snow, 1959

21 Nov 1997

Act of 1998, was one of the topics discussed at a conference this week in Washington. This legislation, authored by Senators Phil Gramm (R-Texas) and Joe Lieberman (D-Connecticut), would authorize the doubling of federal research spending over the next ten years.

One of the participants in a session on the outlook for future federal research spending was a member of Senator Gramm's legislative staff, Mike Champness. Champness made the following observations:

12 Nov 1997

The following are selections from the remarks of Senators Joseph Lieberman (D-Connecticut) and Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) accompanying the introduction of S. 1305, the National Research Investment Act of 1998.

SENATOR LIEBERMAN:

7 Nov 1997

The following are selections from the remarks of Senator Phil Gramm R-Texas) accompanying the introduction of S. 1305, the National Research Investment Act of 1998. See FYI #135for the remarks of Senators Joseph Lieberman (D-Connecticut) and Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico.)

SENATOR GRAMM:

"President Clinton has talked a lot about building a bridge to the 21st century and, our philosophical differences aside, I want to help him build that bridge -- with Bucky Balls.

7 Nov 1997

The following remarks were made by American Physical Society President D. Allan Bromley at an October 22 U.S. Capitol press conference on the Unified Statement on Research and S. 1305, The National Research Investment Act of 1998. The remarks of the other two scientific organization speakers, Ronald Breslow, ACS and Winfred Phillips, ASME, can be found at http://www.chemcenter.org/decade.html

30 Oct 1997

 The American Physical Society, the Acoustical Society of America, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Crystallographic Association, the American Astronomical Society, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, the American Vacuum Society, and the American Geophysical Union have joined the American Institute of Physics and 97 scientific organizations in issuing a "Unified Statement on Research." The statement calls for a doubling of the federal budget for research by the year 2009, and was released on October 22 at a U.S. Capitol press conference.

24 Oct 1997

DOE Hearing Four influential House Democrats have sent a letter to DOE Secretary Federico Pena challenging the recently announced Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between Sandia, Livermore, and Lawrence Berkeley national labs and the newly formed Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography Limited Liability Company (formed by Intel Corporation.) The four representatives asked for answers to twenty-three pointed questions by the close of business yesterday, followed by a congressional briefing.

22 Oct 1997

Disposal Program With passage of H.R. 2203, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill for FY 1998, Congress endorsed a controversial Department of Energy proposal to dispose of surplus weapons grade plutonium. Conference report language accompanying the bill urges DOE to begin work promptly on the storage and disposition of this material, which the National Academy of Sciences characterized in 1994 as "a clear and present danger."

17 Oct 1997

The "US-Russian Independent Scientific Commission on Disposition of Excess Weapons Plutonium," co-chaired by John Holdren in the US and Evgeniy Velikhov in Russia, released its final report on September 10.

16 Oct 1997

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