The Week of October 10, 2022

 

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

The Week of October 10, 2022

  • DOE Implementing Equity Plan Requirement for Research Grants
  • Senate Tees Up Major Science Amendments to Defense Bill
  • Prabhakar Starts Work at White House
  • US Sharply Curbs Sale of Advanced Chips to China
  • Republicans Spotlight Migration of Los Alamos Scientists to China 
  • DOD Task Force to Review Security of University-Based Research
  • NSF Outlines Response to Widespread Harassment in Antarctica 
  • Nanotechnology Coordination Office Gets New Leaders
  • Nobel Prize Awarded for Quantum Entanglement
What's Ahead

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe

DOE Office of Science Director Asmeret Asefaw Berhe. Berhe has been a strong advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sciences.(Image credit – Jack Dempsey / DOE)

DOE Implementing Equity Plan Requirement for Research Grants

The Department of Energy Office of Science announced last week that research grant applications to the office must now include a “Promoting Inclusive and Equitable Research (PIER) Plan” describing strategies and activities project teams will use to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. The office will evaluate the plans as part of the merit review process for all its solicitations as well as invited proposals from DOE national labs. It notes that the “complexity and detail of a PIER Plan is expected to increase with the size of the research team and the number of personnel to be supported.” In addition, the office now requires that conferences it funds have an established code of conduct that includes processes for reporting and addressing complaints. Conference organizers must also submit a plan that addresses accessibility for both speakers and attendees as well as the “recruitment of individuals from groups historically minoritized in the research community.” The office is hosting a webinar on Oct. 17 to discuss the new requirements.

Senate Tees Up Major Science Amendments to Defense Bill

As the Senate begins floor debate this week on its version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), more than 900 amendments have already been submitted for consideration. Many propose significant R&D policy changes and have bipartisan support, though none are guaranteed a vote:

  • Students who earn graduate degrees in certain STEM fields from U.S. institutions would be exempted from numerical visa caps under an amendment from Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mike Rounds (R-SD). The amendment would also grant international students the ability to declare their interest in remaining in the U.S. after graduation rather than demonstrate they intend to return home. The Senate ultimately excluded similar proposals from the recently enacted CHIPS and Science Act.
  • Significant research security policies advocated by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) are included in an amendment co-sponsored by Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI). Portman’s proposal would expand the State Department’s visa denial authority, make it an explicit crime to not disclose required information on grant applications, and create an interagency research security committee led by the White House budget office. Portman also attempted to attach these provisions to the CHIPS and Science Act.
  • An amendment from Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) to update policy for intelligence agencies includes a provision directing the president to establish an Office of Global Competition Analysis that would benchmark U.S. science and technology capabilities against those of other countries.
  • An amendment from Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Barrasso (R-WY) to launch a “nuclear fuels security initiative” would expand efforts to create domestic supplies of high-assay low enriched uranium and would ban imports of uranium from Russia and China.
  • An amendment from Sens. Jim Risch (R-ID) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) would update U.S. policies for pandemic preparedness and response.
  • An amendment from Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) would provide direction to wildfire preparedness, ocean exploration, and weather modeling programs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Senate will not complete work on its version of the legislation until after the midterm elections, and then it must negotiate a compromise version with the House. Given that the NDAA is considered must-pass legislation, it often becomes a vehicle for enacting policies that extend well beyond the Department of Defense.

In Case You Missed It

Arati Prabhakhar and Alondra Nelson

Arati Prabhakhar, left, is sworn in as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy by interim director Alondra Nelson. (Image credit – OSTP)

Prabhakar Starts Work at White House

Arati Prabhakar was sworn in on Oct. 3 as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Chief Presidential Advisor on Science and Technology. She made her first public appearance the following day at an event announcing the release of a “Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights,” which recommends principles to guide the design and deployment of artificial intelligence systems. On Oct. 6, she was ceremonially sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris and participated in the first meeting of the CHIPS Implementation Steering Council, which she co-chairs with National Economic Advisor Brian Deese and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. The council coordinates policy for implementing the semiconductor provisions of the new CHIPS and Science Act. According to an official readout, Prabhakar “highlighted the need to articulate strategic capability and capacity objectives to guide implementation, while also sustaining [the U.S.] commitment to research and development to ensure that America remains at the forefront of building the technologies of the future.”

US Sharply Curbs Sale of Advanced Chips to China

On Oct. 7, the Commerce Department announced sweeping limits on exports of advanced computing chips to China. The rules also apply to equipment used to manufacture such chips and they restrict U.S. persons from supporting the development or production of advanced chips at facilities in China. In addition, they bar non-U.S. companies from selling such chips and equipment to China if they use U.S. technology. The department justifies the move on the grounds the Chinese government has used supercomputers and other advanced computing technologies to “produce advanced military systems including weapons of mass destruction; improve the speed and accuracy of its military decision making, planning, and logistics, as well as of its autonomous military systems; and commit human rights abuses.” The department will answer questions about the scope of the rules at a public briefing on Oct. 13. The restrictions reflect a major policy shift, previewed in remarks last month by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. “On export controls, we have to revisit the longstanding premise of maintaining ‘relative’ advantages over competitors in certain key technologies,” Sullivan said. “We previously maintained a ‘sliding scale’ approach that said we need to stay only a couple of generations ahead. That is not the strategic environment we are in today. Given the foundational nature of certain technologies, such as advanced logic and memory chips, we must maintain as large of a lead as possible.”

Republicans Spotlight Migration of Los Alamos Scientists to China

Led by Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL), 11 House Science Committee Republicans wrote to the White House and Department of Energy on Oct. 5 to raise concerns that a considerable number of Chinese scientists who formerly worked at Los Alamos National Lab have returned to China, where many have conducted military R&D. They point to a new report from the research security consulting firm Strider documenting that at least 162 scientists returned to China between 1987 and 2021, often recruited through talent programs. Strider indicates it was inspired to study the matter by a 2017 article in the South China Morning Post that reported such scientists have been referred to as the “Los Alamos Club.” Strider states its findings do not imply the scientists did anything illegal or that Los Alamos bears any responsibility for their departure. Nevertheless, the Republican letter suggests the report “confirms” China has been “successful at stealing and capitalizing on our research and development,” and it seeks information on whether Los Alamos knew of any employees participating in talent programs. The letter also inquires about how “comprehensive” the Biden administration will be in prohibiting recipients of federal research funding from participating in “malign” recruitment programs, as required by the CHIPS and Science Act.

DOD Task Force to Review Security of University-Based Research

The Department of Defense announced last week it has asked the Defense Science Board to conduct a year-long review of the department’s efforts to prevent adversarial countries from exploiting research it funds at universities. The review will be carried out by a “Task Force on Balancing Openness and Security Across the DOD Academic Research Enterprise,” which is charged with recommending a “decision framework” for determining the “right balance of openness and security” for each of the department’s 14 critical technology areas. Specific questions to be addressed include how to fairly review researchers’ “financial and non-financial ties,” how to keep the academic community informed about foreign activities of concern, and how to continually assess the effectiveness of research security policies.

NSF Outlines Response to Widespread Harassment in Antarctica

Last week, the National Science Board and National Science Foundation Director Sethuraman Panchanathan each issued statements decrying patterns of sexual assault and harassment at the Antarctic research facilities NSF supports, which were outlined in a recent report commissioned by the NSF-led U.S. Antarctic Program. The board, which oversees NSF, stated it is “committed to addressing this immediately, forcefully, and transparently, and to ensuring that the USAP is open to all without fear of any forms of harassment or assault,” pledging to work with NSF to ensure a “system of accountability.” Among the immediate planned actions, NSF will establish a “confidential point of contact and rapid response for any and all concerns related to assault and harassment,” expand “on-ice victim-centered support services,” host town halls and listening sessions at all Antarctic facilities, and improve personnel vetting and physical security measures at facilities. Another recent report from the Australian government has documented similar patterns of harassment at the country’s research stations and offered 42 recommendations on how to improve their culture. Responding to that report, Australian Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek said she was “gobsmacked” by the findings and would apply a “zero-tolerance response.”

Nanotechnology Coordination Office Gets New Leaders

The White House announced on Oct. 7, National Nanotechnology Day, that it has selected Branden Brough as the new director and Quinn Spadola as the new deputy director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, which oversees the interagency National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). Brough previously was deputy director of the Molecular Foundry, a nanotechnology research center at Berkeley Lab. Spadola was associate director of education for the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure, a network of nanotechnology user facilities supported by the National Science Foundation. The White House also announced NNI is launching its first National Nanotech Challenge, Nano4EARTH, which will support the development of technologies to address climate change, including the application of nanotechnology to climate monitoring, climate resilience, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. The initiative plans to hold a kickoff workshop for the challenge early next year.

Nobel Prize Awarded for Quantum Entanglement

On Oct. 4, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics to Alain Aspect, John Clauser, and Anton Zeilinger for their pathbreaking experimental work to measure the phenomenon of quantum entanglement. Anders Irbäck, chair of the Nobel Committee for Physics, remarked in a statement, “It has become increasingly clear that a new kind of quantum technology is emerging. We can see that the laureates’ work with entangled states is of great importance, even beyond the fundamental questions about the interpretation of quantum mechanics.” Such fundamental questions were not only neglected when Clauser, Aspect, and Zeilinger conducted their work in the 1970s and 1980s, they were broadly regarded as disreputable. In a 2002 oral history, Clauser recalled that his research on entanglement endangered his career but also that a few figures had given him the support he needed to perform it, including the eminent physicist Charles Townes. Over subsequent decades, interest grew around subjects such as quantum cryptography and computing, leading ultimately to the emergence of quantum information science as a top policy priority, punctuated in the U.S. by the National Quantum Initiative Act of 2018.

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

Monday, October 10

NSPN: “Making Science Accessible for All: Language”

2:00 - 3:15 pm

 

Tuesday, October 11

NASA: “Precursors to Pathways: Science Enabling NASA Astrophysics Future Great Observatories”

(continues Thursday)

 

Brookings Institution: “Research and Development for the Public Good: Strengthening Societal Innovation”

10:00 - 11:00 am

 

National Academies: “Strategic Council for Research Excellence, Integrity, and Trust,” meeting five

12:00 - 1:00 pm

 

C2ES: “Climate-Proofing the Grid: Strategies for Grid Modernization and Climate Resilience”

1:00 - 2:15 pm

 

Arms Control Association: “Putin’s Latest Nuclear Threats: What’s at Stake and What Can Be Done to Walk Back from the Brink?”

1:00 - 2:30 pm

 

National Academies: Discussion of plans to conduct a ‘National Nature Assessment’

1:00 - 5:00 pm

 

Washington Post: “Future of Work: American Innovation,” with Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and MIT President Rafael Reif

1:30 pm

 

NASA: Briefing on DART’s collision with the asteroid Dimorphos

2:00 pm

 

Wednesday, October 12

National Academies: US-Africa Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium

(continues through Friday)

 

NASA: Extraterrestrial Materials Assessment Group meeting

(continues Thursday)

 

Beyond Earth Institute: Beyond Earth Symposium

(continues Thursday)

 

NIST: National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee meeting

(continues Thursday)

 

Information Technology Industry Council: “Environment Summit: Tech’s Sustainability Policy and Innovation”

(continues Thursday)

 

Columbia University: “Winter is Coming: Europe's Energy Crisis and What it Means for Climate Change”

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

 

Commerce Department: Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee meeting

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

 

EESI: “Key Findings from the Newest Global Assessment Report on Climate Change”

1:00 - 2:30 pm

 

Brookings Institution: “An Inclusive Climate Club to Promote Climate Ambition”

2:30 - 3:45 pm

 

Resources for the Future: “Sparking Solutions: Reducing Risk at the Wildland-Urban Interface”

3:00 - 4:00 pm

 

National Academies: “Where Science and Society Meet,” lecture by Shirley Malcom

5:00 - 6:30 pm

 

Thursday, October 13

Harvard Belfer Center: “Policy for the Endless Frontier: Origins and Ambitions of the CHIPS and Science Act”

(continues through Nov. 10)

 

DOE: Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee meeting

(continues Friday)

 

BIS: “Public Briefing on New Export Controls on Certain Advanced Computing and Semiconductor Manufacturing Items”

9:00 - 10:00 am

 

NOAA: “Multi-sectoral Ocean Architecture: Integrating New Observing Networks and Business Models”

10:00 am

 

NIST: Briefing on R&D programs funded by the CHIPS and Science Act

10:00 - 11:00 am

 

ITIF: “Decarbonizing Chemical Production: Innovation Strategies”

12:00 - 1:00 pm

 

National Academies: “Elementary Particle Physics Progress and Promise,” early career town hall

12:00 - 3:00 pm

 

AAAS: “50 Years of the Science and Technology Policy Fellowships: Ask a Fellow Anything”

1:00 - 2:00 pm

 

Washington Post: “The CHIPS Act: The Road Ahead,” with Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

1:30 pm

 

Friday, October 14

National Academies: Space Weather Roundtable meeting

 

NIH: “Research Misconduct and Detrimental Research Practices”

2:00 - 4:00 pm

 

Monday, October 17

Optica/APS: Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science

(continues through Thursday)

 

NASA: Science Mission Directorate Bridge Program Workshop

(continues through Friday)

 

AAAS: Science, Technology, and Human Rights Conference

(continues through Wednesday)

 

NASA: Astrophysics Advisory Committee meeting

(continues Tuesday)

 

National Academies: Committee on Earth Sciences and Applications from Space meeting

(continues Tuesday)

 

CNAS: “Renewing American Industrial Policy”

9:30 - 10:30 am

 

DOE: Webinar on new requirement that Office of Science grant applicants submit plan for Promoting Inclusive and Equitable Research

2:00 pm

 

Asian American Scholar Forum: “The Chilling Effect and Fears of Chinese-American Scientists and the Implications to U.S. Science and Technology: A National Study”

3:00 pm

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

Opportunities

Congressional Science Policy Fellowships Seeking Applicants

Several scientific societies are now accepting applications for their 2023-2024 Congressional Science Fellowships programs, including the American Institute of Physics, American Physical Society, Optica, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, and American Geosciences Institute, among others. Fellows will spend a year working for a congressional office or committee in Washington, D.C., gaining experience in the policymaking process. Application deadlines vary by society.

SSTI Hiring Program Director

The State Science and Technology Institute is hiring a program director to lead work related to technology-based economic development, including on topics such as technology translation and commercialization, entrepreneurship, regional strategies, or workforce development. Applicants should have strong communication and community-building skills and related subject matter expertise, with policy research experience preferred.

Georgia Tech Hiring S&T Policy Professor

Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy is seeking candidates for a tenure-track or tenured position in science and technology policy, especially those with expertise in equity in innovation, commercialization of emergent technologies, or technology transfer. Applications should be submitted by Oct. 15 for optimal consideration.

 

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

The Conversation: Here are the many challenges Arati Prabhakar faces as she takes over President Biden’s science policy office (perspective by Neal Lane)

OSTP: Remarks of Alondra Nelson at the White House gathering on technology, civil rights, and democratic values

White House: Remarks by President Biden on the CHIPS and Science Act at IBM Poughkeepsie

White House: Statement by President Biden on Micron chips announcement in New York

NSTC: National strategy for advanced manufacturing (report)

White House: Biden-Harris administration announces actions to strengthen the federal government’s resilience to climate change impacts

White House: Biden-Harris administration releases US national strategy for the Arctic region

OSTP: OSTP and Council on Environmental Quality request input on development of a US ocean climate action plan

 

Congress

National Journal: House Science Committee Chair Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) reflects on a trailblazing career (interview)

Politico: GOP vow intense China focus if they flip the House

ITIF: The midterm outlook for energy innovation policy (perspective by David Hart and Stefan Koester)

E&E News: Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) represents the best chance for climate legislation if Republicans win control of the House

E&E News: The climate law — and its billions — changed everything

E&E News: Dems keep up pressure for climate emergency declaration

House Energy and Commerce Committee: Ranking Member Rodgers: ‘EcoHealth shouldn’t be getting a dime of taxpayer funds’

Federation of American Scientists: Congress extends Small Business Innovation Program for three years. Now what? (perspective by Ryan Buscaglia and Matt Hourihan)

 

Science, Society, and the Economy

APS: No simple trajectory: Navigating between research in theoretical physics and the civic responsibility of a scientist (perspective by Robert Jaffe)

APS: Mobilizing physicists for nuclear arms control advocacy

AAAS: Fiftieth class of S&T policy fellows embarks upon year of service

Physics Today: Network of clubs is building a new pipeline of science policy professionals

AAAS: Activating policymakers to take action in supporting the next generation of scientists (interview with Adriana Bankston)

Physics in Perspective: Physics and philosophy — uneasy bedfellows? (editorial)

Aspen Institute: In favor of pure science (report)

New York Times: Could Micron help reinvent Upstate New York? (interview with Steve Lohr)

Economic Development Administration: Commerce Department announces 51 ‘Build to Scale’ grants totaling $51 million to fuel innovation and tech-based economic development

 

Education and Workforce

AIP: Roster of physics departments with enrollment and degree data, 2021

AIP: Roster of astronomy departments with enrollment and degree data, 2021

Physics Today: My journey from academia to NIST and beyond (perspective by Carl Williams)

Physics Today: An American’s five-country research tour (perspective by Tess Jaffe)

Bloomberg Law: Foreign student training program survives court challenge

New York Times: At NYU, students were failing organic chemistry. Whose fault was it?

New York Times: Climate change for preschoolers: ‘Octonauts’ explores unmapped ground

 

Research Management

Chronicle of Higher Education: Biden administration plans to end inquiry of colleges’ foreign funds

OSTP: List of engagements with stakeholders regarding open science and public access

Scholarly Kitchen: Roundup of reactions to the OSTP open access memo and an interview preview

STAT: White House’s open-access research directive scrambles long-entrenched models, raising key questions

Scholarly Kitchen: Equity, inclusiveness, and zero-embargo public access (perspective by Robert Harrington)

CERN: CERN publishes comprehensive open-science policy

NSF: NSF invests nearly $8 million in inaugural cohort of open-source projects

DARPA: DARPA seeks new ways to more quickly mine the vast S&T landscape for revolutionary discoveries

Physics Today: Researchers working as temporary employees at NSF bring their technical expertise and take away a deep understanding of the agency’s inner workings

Chemical and Engineering News: Hog farms and high-energy physics — how are they similar? (interview with C. J. Backlund)

Good Science Project: How Karl Compton believed a research department should be run

Nature Physics: International Union of Pure and Applied Physics celebrates its 100th birthday (editorial)

 

Labs and Facilities

Knoxville News Sentinel: Departing Oak Ridge director on preparing for the next ‘time machine’ supercomputer after Frontier (interview with Thomas Zacharia)

UCAR: Andrew Rosenberg named interim director for UCAR’s Center for Ocean Leadership

Physics World: Life after the leak: Lessons from the closure of Brookhaven National Lab’s High Flux Beam Reactor (perspective by Robert Crease)

Physics: The cool copper collider: A ‘retro’ collider design for a Higgs factory

Fermilab: New research center raises bar in Fermilab’s mission to go green

Livermore Lab: New University of California Livermore Collaboration Center to expand collaborations and partnerships

Southwest Research Institute: SwRI creates Space Sector with two new divisions to support space R&D

Berkeley Lab: After fire and monsoons, DESI resumes cataloging the cosmos

AIP: Hawai’i and the Thirty Meter Telescope (audio)

Physics World: 50 years of LIGO and gravitational waves (interview with Rainer Weiss)

 

Computing and Communications

New York Times: Micron pledges up to $100 billion for semiconductor factory in New York

HPCwire: Intel is opening up its chip factories to academia

NIST: Why NIST is putting its CHIPS into US manufacturing

CSIS: Reshoring semiconductor manufacturing: Addressing the workforce challenge (report)

LA Review of Books: The bargaining chips are … chips (book review)

Science|Business: EU semiconductor strategy needs more emphasis on research

Bloomberg: Secretive chip startup may help Huawei circumvent US sanctions

Washington Post: Chicago scientists are testing an unhackable quantum internet in their basement closet

HPCwire: Quantum computing needs more public-private collaboration says QED-C

Washington Post: China seeks a quantum leap in computing

IEEE Spectrum: Machine learning shaking up hard sciences, too

SpaceNews: SpaceX says 5G plan could disrupt Starlink more than previously thought

 

Space

Ars Technica: SpaceX has been bidding against itself to launch NASA’s science missions for a while

Space Review: NASA-SpaceX study opens final chapter for Hubble Space Telescope (perspective by Christopher Gainor)

National Academies: Roman Space Telescope observing time allocation principles (report)

Planetary Radio: Grounded: The director of the SOFIA flying observatory looks back (audio interview with Margaret Meixner)

New Yorker: How NASA launched the DART mission

Space Review:  Applied planetary science: DART’s bullseye

Nature: Deflecting asteroids is not enough — we need to know when they approach (editorial)

Planetary Science Institute: Survey results point out lack of diversity in planetary science workplace

Chemical and Engineering News: NASA picks its helium suppliers

Nature: China’s first solar observatory aims to solve mysteries of the Sun’s eruptions

Planetary Radio: The geopolitics of a successful SETI detection (audio)

 

Weather, Climate, and Environment

Washington Post: Cone of confusion: Why some say iconic hurricane map misled Floridians

The Hill: Hurricane Ian made clear: Misinterpreting risks jeopardizes lives (perspective by Jeff Huffman)

Washington Post: How the ‘American’ GFS weather model fumbled the forecast for Hurricane Ian

E&E News: Acting National Hurricane Center Director Jamie Rhome faces Ian's fury

SpaceNews: Next NOAA weather satellite launching just in time

ORNL: Earth System Grid Federation launches effort to upgrade climate projection data system

National Academies: Greenhouse gas emissions information for decision making: A framework going forward (report)

New York Times: Nations agree to curb emissions from flying by 2050

 

Energy

US ITER: Report of the US ITER Research Program Research Needs Workshop (report)

UK Government: Site of UK’s first fusion energy plant selected

Fusion Energy Insights: DOE announces $50 million fusion development program

Westinghouse: Westinghouse develops lead-cooled fast reactor nuclear plant with Ansaldo Nucleare

Science|Business: Renewed US interest in nuclear energy could stimulate collaboration with EU

Exchange Monitor: Twenty minutes with Sam Brinton, deputy assistant secretary of spent fuel and waste disposition at DOE (interview)

DOE: Biden-Harris administration announces $2 billion from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to finance carbon dioxide transportation infrastructure

DOE: DOE seeks input on how Defense Production Act could support national security by strengthening grid reliability

Argonne National Lab: Envisioning the Battery Data Genome, a central data hub for battery innovation

DARPA: POWER project plans design and demonstration of airborne optical energy relays

Washington Post: ExxonMobil ordered to re-hire two scientists who accused it of inflating projections

 

Defense

DOD: DOD releases Technology and Program Protection Guidebook

DOD: DOD releases list of PRC military companies in accordance with the FY21 NDAA

Stars and Stripes: Los Alamos National Lab’s pit production a year behind schedule

Defense Daily: Savannah River Site to be transferred to NNSA control by 2025, DOE confirms

New York Times: Decades of nuclear reactor strikes predate Ukraine power plant crisis

New York Times: Russia’s small nuclear arms are a risk for Putin and Ukraine

Breaking Defense: Iron Beam, Israel’s laser air defense system, could be ready in two to three years

 

Biomedical

Bloomberg Law: Lag in Biden’s NIH nominee creates tougher confirmation scenario

NIH: Monica Bertagnolli begins work as 16th director of the National Cancer Institute

State Department: Reducing biological threats: Science diplomacy, multisectoral and security cooperation

NTI: NTI announces Piers Millett as inaugural executive director of new international biosecurity organization

ScienceInsider: Rick Bright explains why he’s leaving the Rockefeller Foundation after its surprise termination of its Pandemic Prevention Institute (interview)

Issues in Science and Technology: How can clinical trials better reflect society’s diversity? (audio)

 

International Affairs

China Talk: Emergency podcast on new tech export controls (interview with Kevin Wolf)

ScienceInsider: ‘I’m extremely disturbed’: Harsh crackdown at top Iranian university shocks academics worldwide

Science|Business: Call for targeted financial relief for Ukrainian research

Science|Business: Romania gears up for sweeping research and innovation reforms

Research Professional: Spain budgets for further strengthening of research system

Science|Business: More Horizon Europe draft work programs leak online

Science|Business: Europe’s innovation system is increasing in strength and attracting US investors

Research Professional: ARIA finds temporary home at Alan Turing Institute

Times Higher Education: UK science minister appointment may reflect shift towards a ‘harder-edged, more hawkish’ attitude towards research collaboration, say experts