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Based on allegations that officials in the Bush Administration have, for political and ideological reasons, manipulated scientific advisory committees, reports, and information, several Democratic Members of Congress asked the General Accounting Office (GAO) to review the federal government's policies for staffing scientific advisory committees. At a May 19 briefing, Reps.

20 May 2004

We are living in "an entirely new world economy" and we are "not going to go back to the way it was," said Denis Fred Simon of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in an April 26 presentation. The new economy will be "increasingly dominated by countries other than the U.S.," he warned. Simon was one of six speakers addressing various aspects of economic globalization and the offshoring of jobs at the 29th Annual AAAS Science and Technology Policy Forum.

4 May 2004

About a month from now, the House Armed Services Committee is scheduled to complete work on its FY 2005 defense authorization bill.

15 Apr 2004

On December 20, a federal judge ruled unconstitutional an attempt by the Dover Area School Board in Dover, PA to amend the high school biology curriculum to raise doubts about the theory of evolution and offer Intelligent Design as an alternative. The judge further concluded that Intelligent Design "is not science."

26 Dec 2005

Before the Senate passed the FY 2006 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill last week, senators discussed the negative impacts that a reduction in funding for the DOE Nuclear Physics program will have on two key facilities. As it now stands, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility will have to reduce operating times, and, at least at RHIC, reduce staffing.

22 Nov 2005

"I am not going to allow the U.S. to enter into an international commitment that it cannot afford. I would rather kill the ITER project. The fusion community will have to be realistic. It cannot have all its current projects and ITER. And it will not." - House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY)

21 Nov 2005

The National Academies' Board on Physics and Astronomy is developing a series of decadal surveys to identify the most compelling opportunities in physics. The Board seeks input to these surveys through its website and future town hall meetings.

There are six major reviews in the survey, three of which are underway. They are:
"EPP 2010: Elementary Particle Physics in the 21st Century"
"AMO 2010: An Assessment of and Outlook for Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Science"
"Plasma 2010: An Assessment of and Outlook for Plasma Science"

16 Nov 2005

As reported in FYI #155, a committee of the National Academies has issued a report that recommends a series of actions for the federal government to take to maintain the nation's competitiveness through the 21st century. These recommendations will be highlighted in FYI #157.

3 Nov 2005

Last month the House passed an authorization bill, sponsored by Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI), that would coordinate and strengthen federal programs that support manufacturing and small- and medium-sized manufacturers. "[I]nternational competition has exacted a terrible toll on our nation's manufacturers," Ehlers said when introducing the bill earlier this year. He continued, "In my conversations with manufacturers, I learned of their deep concern that the decline of manufacturing in the U.S. is undermining our ability to innovate.

10 Oct 2005

Currently taking place in Harrisburg, PA, is the trial of Kitzmiller v. Dover, the first court case challenging the constitutionality of teaching Intelligent Design in public school science classes.

On October 18, 2004, the Dover Area School District in Dover, PA, added the following statement to its science curriculum: "Students will be made aware of gaps/problems in Darwin's Theory and of other theories of evolution including, but not limited to, intelligent design. Note: Origins of life will not be taught."

4 Oct 2005

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