Reports, reviews, and assessments

6 Jan 2010

The following are selected highlights from FYI in 2009.  Note that the month refers to the FYI publication date; see the archive for individual issues.

11 May 2012

The  House has passed its version of the FY 2013 Commerce, Justice and Science  Appropriations Bill that provides funding for the National Institute of  Standards and Technology.  The Senate  Appropriations Committee has approved its version of this measure.

30 Apr 2012

Georgetown University’s  Center on Education and the Workforce recently released two reports addressing  the career and earning prospects of a variety of college majors.  The first report, “Hard  Times: College Majors, Unemployment and Earnings,” addresses the question: is college worth it?  The second report “What  It’s Worth: The Economic Value of College Majors,” seeks to address the difference in potential  earnings between college majors.

26 Apr 2012

In  fulfillment of a provision in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010,  the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) has sent a report to  Congress detailing “progress toward the coordination of policies” “related to  the dissemination and     long-term  stewardship of the results of unclassified research, including digital data and  peer-reviewed scholarly publications, supported wholly or in part by funding  from the Federal science agencies.”

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


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