Reports, reviews, and assessments

21 Dec 2012

“The  United States is in the midst of a profound reorganization of how research is  done, where it is done, who does it, and how its results find their way to the marketplace.  This confluence of circumstances threatens the Nation’s world-leading position  in innovation and technology and the benefits it brings.”  So warns an important new report entitled  “Transformation and Opportunity: The Future of the U.S.

10 Oct 2012

The National Research  Council (NRC) of the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) convened a Committee  on the Status, Contributions, and Future Directions of Disciplined-Based  Education Research (DBER) lead by Natalie Nielsen, senior program officer of  the NRC Board on Science Education.  The  Committee recently released a report entitled “Discipline-Based Education Research:  Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering.”  The report examines the emerging field of DBER,  a field which c

21 Sep 2012

“The  report leaves no question that the sequestration would be deeply destructive to  national security, domestic investments, and core government functions.”  So warns a much-anticipated report released  by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on September 14.  While estimating the projected size of automatic  reductions in FY 2013 funding for 1,200 federal budget accounts that would  occur on January 2, 2013, the 394-page OMB report   provides no information about the im

17 Sep 2012

The National Academy of Sciences released a report, “Solar and Space Physics: A Science for a  Technological Society,” outlining priorities for the coming decade in solar  and space physics.  This report, released  in August, is the second National Research Council (NRC) decadal survey in  heliophysics.  The summary section of the  report states:

14 Sep 2012

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Nuclear Initiative  issued a white paper in July entitled “Maintaining US Leadership in Global Nuclear  Energy Markets.”  The 30-page report  defines nuclear industry strengths and challenges in addition to outlining  strategic goals for maintaining US leadership in global nuclear energy  markets.  The BPC Nuclear Initiative is  led by BPC Senior Fellow and former Senate Energy Committee Chairman Pete V.  Domenici (R-NM) and Warren “Pet

31 Aug 2012

  decadal survey issued in late June by a National Research Council committee concluded  that the “nuclear physics program in the United States has been especially well  managed,” and offered recommendations to guide the program in future years.

11 Jul 2014

Members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on June 25 to discuss a National Academies of Science report on Pathways to U.S.

6 Jul 2012

On June 14th, the National Research Council (NRC)  Committee on Research Universities and the Board on Higher Education and  Workforce released a report titled Research Universities and  the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation’s Prosperity  and Security.  The group was  chaired by Chad Holliday, Chairman of the Board of Bank of America and Chairman  and CEO of DuPont, and included scientists from research universities and  industry.  Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN)  and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD),

23 Jun 2014

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on June 12 to focus on the threat of crude explosives using radiological materials and efforts to secure these materials.  The hearing drew on a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Nuclear Nonproliferation: Additional Actions Needed to Increase the Security of U.S.


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