Reports, reviews, and assessments

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.

18 Jun 2014

At last week’s hearing of the House Energy Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee on the report by the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5), Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) entered into the record a letter by Malcolm Beasley, President of the American Physical Society (APS).  The APS is a Member Society of the American Institute of Physics.

17 Jun 2014

Last week the House Energy Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing to review a report by the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5).  Subcommittee members gave the witnesses a positive reception, complimenting them and the particle physics community for developing a consensus document that will guide the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation in making strategic decisions about the field in the coming decade and beyond.

13 Jun 2014

The National Academies of Science published a human spaceflight study to review “the long-term goals, core capabilities, and direction of human spaceflight and make recommendations to enable a sustainable U.S.

6 Jun 2014

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing on May 29 to evaluate the process that the United Nations used in producing an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report.  The Members of the committee were divided along party lines on issues including data analysis, data quality, transparency in author and study selection and whether the report provided biased information.  The hearing preceded President Obama’s announcement of new greenhouse gas emission standards for power plants. 

9 May 2014

A report outlining opportunities for investment and cooperation in applied optics and photonics research was prepared by the Fast-Track Action Committee on Optics and Photonics (FTAC-OP) and presented to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Physical Sciences Subcommittee of the Committee on Science, National Science and Technology Council.  The report, “Building a Brighter Future with Optics and Photonics” is aimed at highlighting research and capability opportunities and describes a need for

9 Apr 2014

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a summary report for policymakers which outlines the findings in the fifth of a series of assessment reports.  The studies address the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change.  Topics covered include assessment and risk management, observed impacts, and building resilience.  Vulnerability and exposure to human and natural systems, impacts of current and future climate change and potential for adaptation are also addressed in the most recent sum

7 Apr 2014

The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 called for a Federal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education 5-Year Strategic Plan.  The Act similarly requires that a report provide an update on the implementation of the Strategic Plan, the efficiency and coherence of federal STEM programs, and dissemination of STEM education research and resources.  This Progress Report was recently published by the Office of Scien

28 Mar 2014

The AAAS announced its What We Know initiative in mid-March and recently published a report on climate change to contribute to a larger discussion on climate change issues.  This topic was addressed in President Obama’s State of the Union though its existence is heavily debated in Congress, with many people unsure about it.  In January, the President announced ways that the Administration would pursue action on climate change.  “Changing climate is already harming western communities struggling with drought, and coastal cities dealing with floods,” Obama noted as he called


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