17 Oct 2019

For the third year in a row, the House and Senate have advanced spending legislation that rejects the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to federal STEM education programs.

2 Oct 2019

Congress is seeking to increase the budget for the National Science Foundation’s research and education programs in fiscal year 2020, with the House proposing a 7% overall budget increase to $8.6 billion and the Senate a 3% increase.

24 Sep 2019

Philanthropic initiative Schmidt Futures is sponsoring a National Academies study that will explore the potential for artificial intelligence to control complex scientific workflows. Stu Feldman, the initiative’s chief scientist, says he hopes federal agencies will pay attention.

18 Sep 2019

With a new report, the National Science Board is seeking to raise awareness of jobs that involve substantial STEM skills but do not require four-year degrees. It calls for dispelling negative perceptions of such roles and illuminating the pathways into this “underappreciated” segment of the U.S. workforce.

29 Aug 2019

Two reports approved last week examine the impacts of the National Science Foundation’s Physics Frontiers Centers and its Big Ideas initiative on the agency’s physics portfolio.

15 Aug 2019

Speaking at the kickoff meeting for the astronomy and astrophysics decadal survey, NASA Astrophysics Division Director Paul Hertz offered a full-throated defense of continued investment in multi-billion dollar “flagship” space telescopes.

10 Jul 2019

Organizations representing astronomers and Earth scientists are raising concerns that new telecommunications technologies could interfere with scientific use of previously quiet parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

21 Jun 2019

President Trump has ordered federal agencies to eliminate at least one-third of their non-statutory advisory committees created under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Many science agencies use such committees as a mechanism for liaising with the research community.

13 Jun 2019

The Department of Energy has issued a directive prohibiting its employees and most contractor personnel from participating in certain talent recruitment programs operated by rival nations. The new policy is one of several actions federal agencies are taking in response to alleged exploitation of the U.S. research environment by foreign governments, particularly China.

6 Jun 2019

The White House convened a roundtable of federal agency and university leaders last week to discuss how best to structure new research centers and workforce development efforts created through the National Quantum Initiative.


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