FYI Archive

4 Feb 1994

A General Accounting Office report released this week provides
insights into NASA's decision to cancel the CRAF mission and to
redesign the upcoming Cassini mission.  This report is must reading
for anyone interested in how NASA made these decisions, as well as
for a review of the promises and problems of the 1997 Cassini
mission to Saturn.

2 Feb 1994

"The high energy physics program in the United States is at a
critical juncture."
     -- Roberto D. Peccei, Past Chairman of APS Division of      
        Particle and Fields

2 Feb 1994

President Clinton's fiscal year 1995 budget request will be
submitted to Congress on February 7, beginning the annual
appropriations process.  The House appropriations subcommittees
then respond with their budget bills, followed by the Senate.  When
both chambers have passed their versions, selected members meet in
conference to reconcile differences before a final vote by both the
House and Senate.

2 Feb 1994

President Clinton's fiscal year 1995 budget request will be
submitted to Congress on February 7, beginning the annual
appropriations process.  The House appropriations subcommittees
then respond with their budget bills, followed by the Senate.  When
both chambers have passed their versions, selected members meet in
conference to reconcile differences before a final vote by both the
House and Senate.

26 Jan 1994

 In an effort to alleviate the backlog of equipment and facility
needs experienced by universities, the National Science Foundation
will provide $110 million in competitively-awarded grants this
year.  Half of the funds will go toward facilities modernization,
and half toward research and research training instrumentation.
This is more than double the amount appropriated last year, which
totaled $37.5 million for facilities and $17.2 million for
instruments. 

24 Jan 1994

A recent "Congressional Report" (NSB 93-288) prepared by the
National Science Foundation's Office of Legislative and Public
Affairs, for the National Science Board, provides insight on how
NSF sees its role evolving.  The following selections are from a
section of this report entitled "Directions in Science and
Technology Policy":

"A consensus has developed that it is time to revisit the compact
between government and the academic research community that has
served the Nation so well since the end of World War II.

21 Jan 1994

A seven-page letter to the Texas "Governor's Advisory
Committee--Superconducting Super Collider," summarizes the findings
of a National Research Council panel on alternative uses for the
SSC's facilities.  Chaired by NRC Vice Chairman Robert M. White,
the panel based its findings on discussions with the committee and
a full day of site tours and presentations.

21 Jan 1994

An independent investigative board presented its final report on
the failure of the Mars Observer mission to NASA Administrator
Daniel Goldin on January 5.  Communication with the spacecraft,
which had been launched in September 1992, was lost on August 21,
1993, as NASA controllers prepared it to enter Mars orbit.

14 Jan 1994

Three speakers at a special session at yesterday's 183rd meeting of
the American Astronomical Society addressed the topic, "The
Changing Climate for Federal Funding."  Jack Fellows, Chief, Space
Science and Programs Branch, OMB; Bill Smith, Staff Director of the
House Subcommittee on Space; and Dick Malow, Staff Assistant, House
VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee,
offered the following comments:

FELLOWS:

"In [FY 19] 95, even within OMB, we are basically looking at a
freeze [for NASA]...probably at the best."

13 Jan 1994

In two recent reports, the American Association for the Advancement
of Science (AAAS) and the Federal Coordinating Council for Science,
Engineering, and Technology (FCCSET) provide advice and suggestions
on improving the nation's science, math, engineering, and
technology (SMET) education.  A June 1993 report by FCCSET's
Committee on Education and Human Resources, entitled "The Federal
Investment in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology
Education: Where Now?  What Next?" critiques the federal

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