The Week of December 5, 2022

 

FYI This Week highlights upcoming science policy events and summarizes news from the past week.

The Week of December 5, 2022

  • Particle Physics Planning Process Moves Into Final Phase
  • Basic Energy Sciences Panel Receiving Two Charges
  • Science Committee Probing Harassment in Antarctica
  • Research Security Panel Gauging Global STEM Talent Flows
  • House Plans to Take Up Compromise Defense Bill
  • Artemis I Mission Returning to Earth
  • Raimondo Spells Out Biden’s Strategy for Competing with China
  • French President Protests US Embrace of Industrial Policy
  • DOJ Drops Appeal of Fraud Acquittal in China Initiative Case
  • NASA Terminates GeoCarb Project
  • Checkup on Earth System Observatory Plans Released
  • Senate Energy Committee Advances DOE Nominations
What's Ahead

Hitoshi Murayama

University of California, Berkeley theoretical particle physicist Hitoshi Murayama is chairing the latest “P5” planning exercise. (Image credit – Courtesy of UC Berkeley)

Particle Physics Planning Process Moves Into Final Phase

At a meeting spanning Thursday and Friday, the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP) is formally receiving its charge from the Department of Energy and National Science Foundation initiating a new Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5) process. Like the last P5 process, which finished in 2014, the new P5 will propose a budget-constrained agenda for DOE and NSF to pursue over the next decade, along with an even longer-term strategy for the field. University of California, Berkeley theoretical physicist Hitoshi Murayama was announced as P5 chair at last summer’s “Snowmass” conference and will be speaking at this week’s meeting. Murayama reported at a National Academies meeting last week that Yale University experimental physicist Karsten Heeger is serving as P5 deputy chair and that they plan to finish recruiting the other panel members by the end of this year. The charge asks HEPAP to submit the final P5 report by October 2023.

A primary input into the P5 process will be the final report from the Snowmass conference, distilling ideas presented by the physics community, and HEPAP will hear from Fermilab physicist Joel Butler this week about that effort. Butler said at a separate Academies meeting last week that the report is likely to be finalized within weeks and offered his own impressions of priorities expressed at Snowmass, including a desire to ramp up R&D on detectors and particle colliders and to build a high-energy collider in the U.S. The HEPAP meeting will also include presentations from the co-chairs of a National Academies survey of the field of elementary particle physics that is running in parallel with the P5, as well as from the co-chairs of a HEPAP subpanel conducting a “benchmarking” study on U.S. particle physics in its international context. In addition, Gina Rameika will make her first appearance at a HEPAP meeting as the new director of the DOE High Energy Physics program, and DOE Office of Science Director Asmeret Asefaw Berhe will discuss the department’s “vision” for the office.

Basic Energy Sciences Panel Receiving Two Charges

At a meeting on Wednesday, the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee will receive two charges from the Department of Energy that follow up on a 2021 report the committee produced spotlighting areas where the U.S. is falling behind other countries in research and user facilities the department’s Basic Energy Sciences (BES) program oversees. The first new charge will focus on investment strategies for research funding, while the second asks the committee to look specifically at the five Nanoscale Science Research Centers overseen by the BES program. At its meeting, the committee will also discuss reports from recent roundtables on biopreparedness and nuclear energy innovation and hear an update on the Office of Science’s diversity initiatives from Director Asmeret Asefaw Berhe. In addition, there will be a panel on computational infrastructure featuring the head of DOE’s Advanced Scientific Computing Research program and officials from Argonne National Lab and Berkeley Lab.

Science Committee Probing Harassment in Antarctica

The House Science Committee is holding a hearing on Tuesday titled, “Building a Safer Antarctic Research Environment.” National Science Foundation Chief Operating Officer Karen Marrongelle will discuss the agency’s response to an independent report that found that sexual assault and harassment are common at Antarctic research facilities it supports. At a meeting last week of the National Science Board, which oversees NSF, Marrongelle reviewed recent steps the agency has taken to improve its prevention and response efforts, including conducting a series of town halls in Antarctica, revamping its harassment prevention training programs, and standing up a new office dedicated to supporting victims. Also testifying is Kathleen Naeher, COO of the Civil Group at Leidos, the contractor that operates NSF’s Antarctic facilities. Leidos was implicated in the report for failing to discipline perpetrators and retaliating against workers who filed complaints. Two other witnesses are also appearing: University of Chicago astronomer Angela Olinto and Anne Kelly, deputy director of the Nature Conservancy’s Alaska Chapter and a co-author of a 2021 workshop report that recommends strategies for promoting safety in the field sciences.

Research Security Panel Gauging Global STEM Talent Flows

The National Academies’ research security roundtable is meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday to review efforts to quantify the contributions of foreign-born scientists to the U.S. Among the analyses it will look at are a White House report on how a large fraction of the U.S. workforce in quantum information science is from abroad, a White House-commissioned report on the “economic benefits and losses from foreign STEM talent,” and a recent Academies study on protecting critical technologies. The roundtable will also hear presentations on surveys from the American Physical Society and Asian American Scholar Forum that suggest recent research security campaigns by the federal government, and particularly the Justice Department’s China Initiative, have had an acute chilling effect on the climate for international scholars in the U.S. (APS is an AIP Member Society.)

House Plans to Take Up Compromise Defense Bill

Lawmakers are poised to take up a compromise version of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act on the House floor later this week, with the final text expected to be released as soon as Monday. The House already passed its own version of the bill in September, but the Senate never held a floor debate on its counterpart version, making this the second year in a row a compromise has been negotiated without formally convening a conference committee. Neither version included particularly far-reaching science and technology policy proposals this year, but it is possible the final bill will include research security provisions that were excluded from the CHIPS and Science Act this past summer. Advocates have also been citing national security in a bid to change the law to make it easier for highly skilled individuals to stay in the U.S., but key lawmakers have generally insisted such policy changes be made only through a focused immigration reform bill. Alongside the NDAA this week, the House is planning on taking up the bipartisan EAGLE Act, which would phase out country-specific caps on employment-based green cards, easing the pathway to U.S. residency for some skilled immigrants. However, there has been no sign so far that the Senate plans to act on the legislation before the changeover to a new Congress in January.

Artemis I Mission Returning to Earth

An image taken by a camera mounted aboard the Artemis I Orion crew vehicle as it reached its greatest distance from Earth.

An image taken by a camera mounted aboard the Artemis I Orion crew vehicle as it reached its greatest distance from Earth. (Image credit – NASA)

Having reached its maximum distance from Earth on Nov. 28, the Orion vehicle undertaking NASA’s Artemis I mission is set to leave the sphere of lunar influence on Tuesday and its crew module is scheduled to splash down on Earth on Sunday. If NASA keeps to its plans, the Artemis II mission will lift off with astronauts on board in 2024. In the meantime, the agency is now planning to launch the first three robotic missions in its Commercial Lunar Payload Services program in 2023, after the schedules slipped for two missions that had been aiming to launch this year. NASA is aiming to launch the first two elements of its Gateway lunar-orbiting outpost in late 2024.

In Case You Missed It

Gina Raimondo

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo speaking at MIT on Nov. 30, 2022. (Image credit – Department of Commerce)

Raimondo Spells Out Biden’s Strategy for Competing with China

In a speech last week at MIT, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo detailed the Biden administration’s strategy for competing with China in developing critical technologies while also leaving room for continued academic and economic relations. Reiterating recent remarks by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Raimondo said the administration aims for the U.S. to maintain “as large a lead as possible” in three priority technology areas: computing-related technologies such as microelectronics, quantum information science, and artificial intelligence; biotechnology and biomanufacturing; and clean energy. She also identified strategies the U.S. is pursuing to maintain its edge, including industrial subsidies, export controls and outbound investment restrictions, a newfound focus on regional innovation and supply-chain security, and the buildout of multilateral alliances such as the Quad, AUKUS, and the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council. She applauded MIT for developing a risk management framework that will inform decisions on what types of research partnerships to pursue with China. At the same time, Raimondo stressed the administration does not seek to “decouple” the U.S. economy from China and welcomed continued academic exchanges and immigration from China, echoing remarks made in May by Secretary of State Antony Blinken. She highlighted new flexibilities the administration has created in existing visa programs to encourage STEM immigration and said it is ready to work with Congress to implement farther-reaching reforms.

French President Protests US Embrace of Industrial Policy

French President Emmanuel Macron used a visit to the White House last week to raise concerns about how President Biden’s strategy of subsidizing domestic industries in targeted technology areas risks alienating allies in Europe. In remarks before meeting with Biden, Macron cited the clean energy incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act and semiconductor funding in the CHIPS and Science Act as measures that “will fragment the West because they create such differences between the U.S. and Europe,” suggesting they discourage companies from investing in Europe and signal that Europe may become viewed as an “adjustment variable” in the U.S. rivalry with China. At a joint press conference, Biden expressed willingness to “tweak” the Inflation Reduction Act and Macron said they “agreed to resynchronize our approaches, our agendas in order to invest in critical emerging industries — semiconductors, batteries, hydrogen, everything that is absolutely decisive — because, as a matter of fact, we share the same vision and the same willingness.” However, the White House press secretary later stated the administration does not plan to ask Congress to change the law, and some congressional Democrats have indicated they are unwilling to revise it. In a joint statement on commitments made at the meeting, the U.S. and France pointed to the recently launched U.S.-EU Task Force on the Inflation Reduction Act as a mechanism for resolving disputes. The statement also highlighted plans to enhance cooperation in priority technology areas such as quantum science. In conjunction with Macron’s visit, the U.S. and France signed a cooperation statement specific to quantum research and France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) announced plans to establish an outpost at the University of Chicago focused on large-scale interdisciplinary projects.

DOJ Drops Appeal of Fraud Acquittal in China Initiative Case

Last week, the Department of Justice decided to abandon its appeal of a September ruling that acquitted University of Kansas chemistry professor Franklin Tao of grant fraud charges that DOJ brought against him in 2019 as part of its China Initiative. DOJ accused Tao of concealing his connections to a university in China, arguing the non-disclosure defrauded the U.S. science agencies that were funding his research. A jury convicted Tao on one false statement charge and half the fraud charges leveled against him, but the judge for the case voided the remaining fraud charges, explaining that “there was no evidence that Tao obtained money or property through the alleged scheme to defraud, as required under the wire fraud statute.” DOJ appealed the ruling shortly afterward and did not give a reason for reversing course now, though it stated early this year that it plans to take a less aggressive approach to such cases. Meanwhile, FBI Director Christopher Wray defended the department’s mixed record in prosecuting cases against scientists in response to an audience question at an event last week at the University of Michigan. Wray remarked, “[There are] some that we lost, some that we dropped. There, of course, have been quite a few that we won as well. And I respect the decisions of juries and judges that have found against us, just as I trust others to respect the juries and judges that have found for us, in those cases where it's gone the other way. … The fact that we sometimes lose cases actually speaks volumes about the integrity and independence of our justice system. … I'd be willing to bet you that our counterparts over in China don't lose very many cases.”

NASA Terminates GeoCarb Project

NASA announced last week it is terminating the Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory (GeoCarb), an instrument that was intended to track the emission and absorption of greenhouse gases over the U.S. The agency cited “technical concerns” as well as the fact that the project’s cost estimate had increased to over $600 million, more than triple its $171 million cost cap. NASA also noted that similar observations can be obtained from instruments already installed on the International Space Station as well as from its planned Earth System Observatory satellite series. Construction of GeoCarb had been expected to finish this fiscal year, but the project was plagued by various difficulties, including pandemic-related delays, disruption by a wildfire, and the abandonment of plans to host the instrument on a communications satellite. The project was led by a team at the University of Oklahoma, but NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center took over its management in 2021 following a replanning process.

Checkup on Earth System Observatory Plans Released

Last week, NASA released an independent review it commissioned of the planned Earth System Observatory, a series of satellites that will monitor key environmental variables prioritized by the latest National Academies decadal survey for space-based studies of the Earth. The review board broadly approves of NASA’s plans and estimates the lifecycle cost of the satellites will be about $3.6 billion, which is somewhat higher than NASA’s own preliminary estimate. The board also finds the proposed capabilities of a satellite aimed at atmospheric observations exceed those recommended in the survey and identifies it as an opportunity to reduce the observatory’s scope while maintaining alignment with the survey. NASA states in its response that it plans to implement changes to address the excess scope.

Senate Energy Committee Advances DOE Nominations

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee advanced three nominees for leadership roles at the Department of Energy on Dec. 1. David Crane, nominee for under secretary for infrastructure, was approved by a vote of 13 to 7, with Ranking Member John Barrasso (R-WY) and six other Republicans voting against his nomination. Remarking on Crane’s history of climate activism as an energy industry executive, Barrasso asserted his commitment to renewable energy would “kill traditional energy — such as natural gas and coal — without a reliable, affordable, or secure replacement.” By contrast, Committee Chair Joe Manchin (D-WV) said he appreciated Crane’s professed willingness to reevaluate his previous stances on the place of coal in the U.S. energy mix. The committee also approved the nomination of Gene Rodrigues to lead the Office of Electricity by voice vote and it voted 11 to 9 in favor of Jeff Marootian to lead the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Barrasso reiterated concerns that Marootian’s experience in transportation policy, most recently as head of the District of Columbia’s Department of Transportation, has “little to do with the organization for which he has been nominated to lead.”

Events this week
All times are Eastern Daylight Time, unless otherwise noted. Listings do not imply endorsement.

Monday, December 5

Acoustical Society of America: 183rd meeting

(continues through Friday)

 

National Academies: “Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics,” steering committee meeting two

(continues through Wednesday)

 

NASA: Planetary Science Advisory Committee meeting

(continues Tuesday)

 

NRC: Medical Uses of Isotopes Advisory Committee meeting

(continues Tuesday)

 

National Academies: “Equity in PreK-12 STEM Education,” regional expert consultation three

(continues Tuesday)

 

SpaceNews: Fireside chat with Lori Garver and Jim Bridenstine

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

 

National Academies: “Future Directions for Southern Ocean and Antarctic Nearshore and Coastal Research,” kickoff meeting

1:30 - 3:15 pm

 

Brookings Institution: “Unpacking the White House Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights”

2:00 - 3:00 pm

 

American Enterprise Institute: “Reforming the CDC,” with Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)

2:30 - 3:45 pm

 

House: Meeting to consider the FY23 NDAA and the EAGLE Act

3:00 pm, Rules Committee

 

CSET: “Introducing the Emerging Technology Observatory”

4:00 - 5:00 pm

 

Tuesday, December 6

WSF: World Science Forum

(continues through Friday)

 

NOAA: U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System Advisory Committee meeting

(continues Wednesday)

 

USGS: National Geospatial Advisory Committee meeting

(continues Wednesday)

 

National Academies: “National Science, Technology, and Security Roundtable,” meeting eight

(continues Wednesday)

 

National Academies: “Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science,” meeting eight

(continues Wednesday)

 

Atlantic Council: “European Carbon Capture and Storage Strategy”

8:00 - 9:00 am

 

Washington Post: “Trust in Science”

9:00 - 10:30 am

 

Senate: “Farm Bill 2023: Research Programs”

10:00 am, Agriculture Committee

 

National Academies: “Approaches for Data Governance and Protecting Privacy,” meeting two

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

CSIS: “Inclusive Innovation: Challenges and Paths Forward”

11:30 am - 1:45 pm

 

CSIS: “Improving Export Controls Enforcement Using Data Science and AI”

1:00 - 2:00 pm

 

House: “Building a Safer Antarctic Research Environment”

1:00 pm, Science Committee

 

OSTP: “Discussion on Newly Launched 10-Year Research Strategy to Assist the Nation and the World in Responding to Global Change”

1:00 - 2:15 pm

 

National Academies: “Assessing and Improving Strategies for Preventing, Countering, and Responding to WMD Terrorism” Nuclear Threats,” meeting four

1:00 - 5:00 pm

 

House: “Solving the Climate Crisis: Key Accomplishments, Additional Opportunities, and the Need for Continued Action”

1:30 pm, Climate Crisis Committee

 

Atlantic Council: “Securing Space: Preparing for Future Space Contingencies”

2:00 - 3:30 pm

 

General Fusion: Congressional briefing on developing a diverse fusion workforce

3:30 - 5:00 pm

 

Atlantic Council: “The Impact of Merging Climate and Trade Policy on Global Demand for Nuclear Energy”

7:00 - 8:00 pm

 

NASA: NEPA review of the Mars Sample Return Campaign, public meeting

6:00 - 8:00 pm MST

 

Wednesday, December 7

Council of Graduate Schools: 62nd annual meeting

(continues through Saturday)

 

SSURF: Society for Science at User Research Facilities annual meeting

(continues through Friday)

 

National Academies: “Workshop on Applying Lessons Learned from COVID-19 R&D to Future Epidemics”

(continues Thursday)

 

NSF: “Conference on Nanotechnology for Sustainable Society”

(continues Thursday)

 

DOE: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee meeting

9:30 am - 3:30 pm

 

Senate: Meeting to advance the International Nuclear Energy Act

10:00 am, Foreign Relations Committee

 

ITIF: “How Does the Data Divide Impact Global Policy Challenges?”

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

State Department: Clean Energy Resources Advisory Committee meeting

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

 

DOE: Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee meeting

11:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

NSF: National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force meeting

1:00 - 2:00 pm

 

National Academies: “Options for a National Plan for Smart Manufacturing,” kickoff meeting

1:00 - 2:00 pm

 

American Nuclear Society: “A Conversation with DOE Loan Programs Office head Jigar Shah”

1:00 - 2:00 pm

 

OSTP: “Evidence of Inequities: Leveraging Air Pollution Research Advancements for Environmental Health Policy Decisions”

3:00 - 5:00 pm

 

NASA: NEPA review of the Mars Sample Return Campaign, public meeting

6:00 - 8:00 pm MST

 

NNSA: Public hearing on the draft environmental impact statement for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

6:00 - 8:30 pm PST

 

Thursday, December 8

DOE/NSF: High Energy Physics Advisory Panel meeting

(continues Friday)

 

NIH: Advisory Committee to the Director meeting

(continues Friday)

 

Resources for the Future: Energy Insights 2022

(continues Friday)

 

NIST: Industrial Advisory Committee meeting

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

 

FCC: Technological Advisory Council meeting

10:00 am

 

National Academies: “Exploring the Geographical Dimensions of Extreme Climate Change”

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

 

Aspen Institute: “U.S. Competitiveness and National Security,” with OSTP Director Arati Prabhakar and Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Todd Young (R-IN)

2:00 - 2:45 pm

 

Wilson Center: “Brazil-U.S. Climate Dialogues: Research and Scientific Cooperation”

2:30 - 4:00 pm

 

National Academies: “Energy Justice and Justice40: Made for this Moment”

4:30 - 5:30 pm

 

Committee of 100: “U.S.-China 2050: Preventing a Devastating Pandemic”

8:00 - 9:30 pm

 

NNSA: Public hearing on the draft environmental impact statement for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

6:00 - 8:30 pm PT

 

Friday, December 9

Nobel Prize: “Nobel Week Dialogue on the Future of Life”

9:30 am - 4:00 pm GMT+1

 

CSIS: “Have U.S.-China Tensions Hurt American Innovation?: A Big Data China Event”

10:00 - 11:15 am

 

CSIS: “The China Innovation Challenge: A Conversation with Professor Jonathan Barnett”

10:00 - 11:30 am

 

NTIA: Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee meeting

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

Monday, December 12

AGU: Fall meeting

(continues through Friday)

 

NSF: Business and Operations Advisory Committee meeting

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

 

National Academies: “Foundational Research Gaps and Future Directions for Digital Twin,” information gathering session one

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

Secure World Foundation: “The Artemis Accords: Past, Present, and Future”

12:00 - 2:00 pm

 

Wilson Center: “The Outlook for Strategic Competition in the Semiconductor Industry”

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Know of an upcoming science policy event either inside or outside the Beltway? Email us at [email protected].

Opportunities

ARPA–H Building Up Its Ranks of Program Managers

The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health is hiring its inaugural cohort of program managers, who will serve up to two three-year terms. Applicants must submit a program pitch that identifies a key problem in health and proposes “revolutionary” strategies to solve it. Proposals must address a set of questions known as the “Heilmeier Catechism,” which were developed by DARPA to evaluate the risks and benefits of research proposals.

Congressional Research Service Hiring Space Analyst

The Congressional Research Service is hiring an analyst to examine science and technology policy issues relevant to the commercial space sector. Applicants should have knowledge of the sector as well as strong writing skills and experience in policy analysis and quantitative research. Applications are due Dec. 19.

Great Observatories Science Analysis Group Spinning Up

A new Great Observatories Science Analysis Group is forming to provide guidance to NASA as it supports precursor science as well as technology and mission concept maturation activities for future generations of flagship space telescopes. Those activities anticipate NASA’s eventual creation of a Great Observatories Maturation Program in response to a recommendation in the recently released National Academies decadal survey for astronomy and astrophysics. The new group is currently seeking members with expertise in astronomy, planetary science, and aerospace engineering, and candidates from all backgrounds are invited to “contribute fully, including in SAG-wide leadership roles.” Interested individuals are asked to submit their applications by Jan. 15.

 

For additional opportunities, please visit www.aip.org/fyi/opportunities. Know of an opportunity for scientists to engage in science policy? Email us at [email protected].

Around the web
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White House

OSTP: White House releases first-of-a-kind Indigenous knowledge guidance for federal agencies

OSTP: What is ‘Indigenous knowledge’ and why does it matter? Integrating ancestral wisdom and approaches into federal decision-making (perspective by Raychelle Aluaq Daniel, et al.)

E&E News: How EPA beat the White House on estimating climate damage

NASA: US vice president, French president visit NASA headquarters

SpaceNews: France joins anti-satellite testing moratorium

 

Congress

E&E News: Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) declares interest in leading House Science Committee Democrats, making her the favorite to take the role

E&E News: Democrats jockey for top spot on House Science Committee

House Science Committee: Reps. Haley Stevens (D-MI) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) visit NIST

E&E News: Senate's top climate science skeptic, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), bids farewell

E&E News: House climate committee to hold 'capstone' hearing, as Republicans plan to disband panel

Bloomberg: Republicans vote to continue spending earmarks next year

House Energy and Commerce Committee: Republicans ask NIH to turn over previously requested information ahead of new Congress

Federation of American Scientists: Congress may miss CHIPS and Science Act research targets by billions this December

 

Science, Society, and the Economy

Planetary Radio: NASA's economic impact with Alex MacDonald and Joshua Drucker (audio)

New York Times: The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s national crusade against climate action

The Guardian: #ClimateScam: Denialism claims flooding Twitter have scientists worried

Wall Street Journal: Twitter under Elon Musk abandons COVID-19 misinformation policy

Information Processing: Anna Krylov on the politicization of science in academia (audio interview)

Physics: Erin Flowers develops lab courses for incarcerated men and women (interview)

 

Education and Workforce

Nature: ‘Beyond anything I could have imagined’: Graduate students speak out about racism

National Security Science: The diversity issue

Nature: How science can do better for neurodivergent people

CRS: Equity in innovation: Trends in US patenting and inventor diversity

Chronicle of Higher Education: Postdocs at University of California got a raise. But who’s going to pay for it?

Science: ‘GRExit’ gains momentum as PhD programs drop exam requirement

Inside Higher Education: Should fine arts and communications degrees qualify as STEM degrees for immigrants? (perspective by Susan D’Agostino)

 

Research Management

NSF: State agencies’ R&D increased 1% in FY21; five states account for nearly 60% of all state government R&D

Eric Schares: Impact of the 2022 OSTP public access memo: A bibliometric analysis of US federally funded publications, 2017–2021

Chronicle of Higher Education: Is it time to pay peer reviewers?

Times Higher Education: NIH looks to slim down peer review in bid for equity

Nature: Paper-mill detector put to the test in push to stamp out fake science

ScienceInsider: Stanford investigates potential misconduct in president’s research

STAT: Image manipulation in science is suddenly in the news. But these cases are hardly rare (perspective by Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky)

Association of Research Libraries: Identifying collaboration priorities for US-based research data organizations: Questionnaire results published

Physics Today: Q&A: Nergis Mavalvala, MIT sciences dean and longtime LIGO physicist

NSF IG: Semiannual report to Congress

 

Labs and Facilities

Washington Post: Mauna Loa eruption halts ‘Keeling curve’ carbon dioxide measurements at NOAA observatory

Physics Today: Giant telescopes take small but significant steps toward realization

Nature: Construction of world’s largest radio observatory is finally under way

Berkeley Lab: Laser upgrade opens new research possibilities

DOE IG: Performance management process at the Idaho National Lab (report)

Berkeley Lab: Climate expert William Collins selected as new associate lab director

Wall Street Journal: The outgoing director of Oak Ridge National Lab looks to supercomputers to help solve the problems of tomorrow (interview with Thomas Zacharia)

Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL): Legislation introduced to name Fermilab Research Center after renowned physicist Helen Edwards

 

Computing and Communications

Quantum.gov: Entanglement exchange links quantum researchers across twelve nations

Brookhaven National Lab: Stony Brook University awarded $6.5 million grant to build a new quantum internet test bed

Quantum.gov: Summary of workshop on cybersecurity of quantum computing

Nikkei Asia: China's chip industry fights to survive US tech crackdown

Wall Street Journal: TSMC’s Arizona chip plant, awaiting Biden visit, faces birthing pains

Science|Business: EU ministers stop €400 million of decommitted Horizon Europe money being diverted to the Chips Act

Quanta: Crucial computer program for particle physics at risk of obsolescence

IEEE Spectrum: The transistor at 75

SpaceNews: FCC grants partial approval for Starlink second-generation constellation

 

Space

NASA: NASA renames GLIDE mission in honor of George Carruthers, visionary behind first Moon-based telescope

NASA: NASA, ICON advance lunar construction technology for Moon missions

Ars Technica: Astronomers say the new, huge BlueWalker 3 satellite is as bright as the brightest stars

IAU: Statement on BlueWalker 3

NTIA: Comments on in-space servicing, assembly, and manufacturing operations

SpaceNews: ESA’s ExoMars plans depend on NASA contributions

Space Review: For ESA, a good enough budget

SpaceNews: Pentagon report: China’s space strategy shaped by technological change

 

Weather, Climate, and Environment

National Academies: Antarctic science: Why US leadership and investments matter (report)

National Academies: Action steps and research to accelerate progress on Sustainable Development Goals (report)

NOAA: NOAA and Microsoft have forged a formal agreement to harness Microsoft’s cloud computing tools

New York Times: What is Prince William’s Earthshot Prize?

Climate Science: The role of the American Meteorological Society in climate science (perspective by Keith Seitter)

AMS: Actionable scientific assessments for the energy sector (report)

Inside Climate News: Carbon removal is coming to fossil fuel country. Can it bring jobs and climate action?

National Academies: Carbon dioxide utilization markets and infrastructure (report)

NETL: DOE seeks information on regional and national carbon dioxide transportation infrastructure

NETL: DOE seeks information on developing carbon storage field labs

 

Energy

House Science Committee: Republicans seek information on new multi-billion dollar Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations

Senate Energy Committee: Barrasso calls on DOE to thoroughly review security clearance processes following theft by senior official

Cardinal News: Why Gov. Youngkin and nuclear proponents say now is the time to bring a small modular nuclear reactor to Southwest Virginia

CNBC: Why Silicon Valley is so hot on nuclear energy and what it means for the industry

Physics Today: The quest is on to remove petro- from petrochemicals

 

Defense

Defense News: Pentagon launches strategic capital office to spur investment in defense tech

Breaking Defense: Amid geopolitical instability, NNSA looks to industry for new arms control verification tech

Politico: Pentagon estimates China to more than triple its nuclear arsenal by 2035

CNN: Russia postpones nuclear arms control talks with US, State Department says

IEEE: Economics drives ray-gun resurgence

RAND: Science and technology as a tool of power: An appraisal (report)

Acquisition Talk: What are the profit expectations in defense R&D?

 

Biomedical

NIH: NIH seeks to fund innovative research and capacity-building efforts related to bioethics

White House: Biden-Harris administration announces expansion of global health security partnerships and releases annual progress report

ProPublica: A review of criticisms of a ProPublica-Vanity Fair story on a COVID origins report

APS: Introducing a new Physical Review title, PRX Life

Nature: In praise of research in fundamental biology (editorial)

 

International Affairs

Commerce Department: RFI on priorities for US-Japan cooperation on export controls for emerging and foundational technologies

CNN: Feds find four Chinese solar panel companies have been evading US tariffs

ITIF: Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst at the US-EU Trade and Technology Council (perspective by Nigel Cory and Robert Atkinson)

Bloomberg: Europe is looking for ways to counter the new US climate law

Science|Business: EU Commission opens public consultation on its R&D programs

Research Professional: Renewed criticism of EU innovation fund’s IP rules

Science|Business: EU research spending rises as research intensity falls

Science|Business: European Research Council due for ‘pragmatic changes’

Science|Business: Poland’s sweeping science reform gets mixed reviews

Research Professional: Norwegian government bails out research council

Nature: UK business R&D spending has just jumped by 60% — or has it?

ScienceInsider: In Canada, scientists are struggling with stagnant funding

Voice of America: Russian-American science conference held in US despite war in Ukraine

National Academies: Rebuilding research, education, and innovation in Ukraine (report)

Research Professional: What to expect from the World Science Forum in Cape Town next week