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Scientific Societies

FYI is supported by the American Institute of Physics, a federation of 10 scientific societies. FYI covers issues of special concern to these societies and their positions on select issues as well as the activities of other major scientific societies.

11 May 2018

In a series of public lectures, former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head Jane Lubchenco has urged the scientific community to focus on the growing importance of public engagement in a “post-truth” world, which she says will require a shift in culture at universities, research institutions, and government science agencies. 

4 May 2018

EPA has issued a proposed rule that would require data and models underlying certain scientific studies to be made publicly available before the agency could use the studies in developing regulations. Among its justifications, the agency is arguing the proposal is consistent with the research community’s recent efforts to address concerns about the irreproducibility of swaths of science.

27 Mar 2018

Following the release and enactment of the final appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2018, policymakers and leaders in the scientific community have praised the large spending increases for federally sponsored scientific research, infrastructure, and STEM education.

6 Mar 2018

At a recent House Science Committee hearing, members were united in calling for changes necessary to ensure institutions of research and higher education are free of sexual harassment. Witnesses on an all-woman panel called for changes within a culture they say remains permissive of harassment and other misconduct.

22 Nov 2017

A chorus of scientific societies and higher education associations has voiced deep concerns about provisions in the House’s tax reform bill that they argue could significantly increase the cost of graduate education. Higher education associations have also objected to several other provisions in the House bill and its Senate counterpart that they say could destabilize the finances of colleges and universities.

28 Sep 2017

The National Academies committee tasked with exploring how to move toward an open science enterprise held a symposium on Sept. 18 where a range of stakeholders discussed how to expand open access to scholarly publications, improve standards and best practices for sharing data, and better manage data repositories.

27 Jul 2017

The National Academies has launched a new study on how to move toward an open science enterprise. At last week’s kickoff meeting, participants discussed issues for the committee to consider, including scientific norms, incentives, and the differences between scientific disciplines.

20 Jul 2017

As the House advances a budget that cuts non-defense spending while boosting defense spending over the next decade, a group of coalitions representing scientific organizations and universities is urging Congress to lift both defense and non-defense budget caps that are constraining federal spending on science.

14 Jul 2017

The Trump administration has made and is considering several immigration policy changes that could have broad implications for the U.S. scientific research enterprise.

30 Jun 2017

Last week, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources discussed draft legislation to facilitate the production of helium on federal lands. As helium is vital to several sectors including academic research, members expressed concerns about the impending closure of the Federal Helium Reserve.

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