Letters to House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman and Ranking Member convey a message of deep concern about the impacts of the proposed legislation and the committee’s inquiry on NSF’s merit review system.
Physics, optics, nanoscience, and imaging were highlighted in a Fact Sheet released by the White House yesterday following President Obama’s announcement about the BRAIN Initiative: Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies.
Three former Directors of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and three former Chairmen of the National Science Board (NSB) have written to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee asking them to “forego any further action on the process envisioned in this draft legislation and the request contained in the April 25 letter to the Foundation.”
In remarks prepared for the AAAS Forum on Science & Technology Policy, Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren addressed recent developments on Capitol Hill regarding federal support for research.
The Science, Space, and Technology Committee has traditionally been known as one of the most bipartisan committees in the House. While there have been disagreements about budgets and policy – such as the 2010 reauthorization of the America COMPETES legislation – the committee has generally been able to separate itself from the atmosphere found in most committee rooms and on the House floor. Recent developments indicate a change in this approach.