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"The QTR makes clear that we have the technological know-how and innovative spirit to move to a low-carbon economy.  It’s up to us to carry these opportunities through and make them a reality” said Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren last week when releasing the 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review.

18 Sep 2015

On July 30, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved, by a bipartisan vote of 18 to 4, omnibus energy policy legislation that contains a number of sections relating to science.

1 Sep 2015

On August 5, President Obama announced a slate of nominations for key science posts in his Administration, including Cherry Murray to be Director of the Department of Energy Office of Science and Richard Buckius to be Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation.

21 Aug 2015

Although last month’s hearing of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Energy was low-key in nature and less than ninety minutes long, it demonstrated considerable support for the Department of Energy’s Energy Innovation Hubs. 

17 Jul 2015

On July 8, the Department of Energy (DOE) hosted the second in its series of five National Lab Days on Capitol Hill.  The National Lab Days are a relatively new education and outreach effort organized by the DOE Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs on a semi-annual basis to highlight the national laboratory system as a cornerstone of the U.S. innovation ecosystem. 

10 Jul 2015

Last month the Atomic Heritage Foundation convened a two-day conference in Washington to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Manhattan Project.   On the second day of this conference participants heard from several speakers about the Manhattan Project National Historic Park that will be established next year.

2 Jul 2015

On May 13, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Energy Subcommittee hosted a hearing to explore the state of nuclear fission and fusion technologies, including the role that research advances in these fields might play in driving the future energy economy of the U.S.  The witnesses and committee members presented their respective views on nuclear fission and fusion and discussed the relative merits of continued and enhanced federal investments in these areas, with some members clearly expressing preference for one over the other and others showing support for the full gamu

10 Jun 2015

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) held a meeting on May 15 at the National Academy of Sciences to examine three major topics: the first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), the Administration’s new Precision Medicine Initiative, and Reimagining Capitalism: Business and Big Problems.  This FYI will report on the part of the mee

2 Jun 2015

“The Chairman and I were seeing little benefit from our participation in ITER” Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said at a hearing on the Department of Energy’s FY 2016 budget request.  Feinstein’s remark was addressed to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, referring to misgivings she and Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) have had about the experimental fusion reactor during last year’s development of the FY 2015 appropriations bill.

27 Mar 2015

House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID) got right to the point:  “while it was great to see some of the Department of Energy funding increases proposed, since they were not actually the result of making the tough choices needed in this fiscal environment, we cannot realistically use this request as a true measure of need or priorities.”  Simpson’s remarks were addressed to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at the start of a February 26 subcommittee hearing on DOE’s FY 2016 request.

3 Mar 2015

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