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FYI covers the administration’s budget requests, executive orders, and other physical science-related statements. FYI also covers many of the activities of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and National Science and Technology Council.

19 Jan 2017

At the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in December, National Academy of Sciences President Marcia McNutt offered advice to a geosciences community she said is “under siege,” called on scientists to embrace “convergence research,” and directly addressed concerns about the Trump transition.

10 Jan 2017

The current President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology held its final meeting on Jan. 6. On the agenda were a new report on maintaining U.S. competitiveness in the semiconductor industry, a biennial review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, and an addendum to PCAST’s September report on forensic science. The meeting closed with reflection on the council’s eight years of work under President Obama.

6 Jan 2017

The National Science and Technology Council has increased the pace of its report releases during the waning days of the Obama administration. Recent releases address national disaster preparedness and resilience, open access to federally supported research, Arctic research, and the use of alternatives to radioisotopic sources, among other policy priorities.

21 Dec 2016

As Donald Trump's presidential transition continues, both supporters and opponents of the scientific consensus on climate change have begun to ponder the implications for climate research. A flurry of activity in the past two weeks has stirred anxieties in the climate science community and could presage other battles to come.

8 Dec 2016

Congress has passed a sweeping biomedical innovation bill that President Obama has said he will sign. The bill provides the National Institutes of Health with $4.8 billion in extra money over 10 years to support three of the Obama administration’s biomedical research initiatives, although this funding has to be approved annually.

1 Dec 2016

The House easily passed the bipartisan “21st Century Cures Act” yesterday. Among its numerous provisions, the bill allocates $4.8 billion over 10 years to the National Institutes of Health in support of the Obama administration’s Cancer Moonshot, BRAIN, and Precision Medicine Initiatives, and creates a Research Policy Board tasked with identifying means of reducing administrative burdens.

28 Nov 2016

The National Nanotechnology Initiative has released the triennial update of its strategic plan. Among its new features, the plan now stresses the need to further develop the nanotechnology community’s collaboration “ecosystem” and to promote the development and sharing of data, computer models, and simulations.

28 Nov 2016

In a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, the CEOs of 29 national scientific societies are calling on Trump to quickly appoint a science advisor and draw on S&T expertise to address national challenges.

23 Nov 2016

In a June 2016 white paper, James Carafano, a Heritage Foundation analyst who is now a member of Trump’s transition team, made a series of science policy recommendations for the next U.S. president, including eliminating the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

22 Nov 2016

Today at a White House ceremony, President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Richard Garwin, a versatile physicist and longtime science adviser to the U.S. government.

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