FYI Bulletin is a news service covering science policy developments in Washington, DC, with a focus on the physical sciences.

23 May 2018

At a recent hearing, House Science Committee members and witnesses discussed the role of energy technology development in enabling effective mitigation and adaptation strategies to address climate change.

22 May 2018

The House Armed Services Committee has approved an amendment to its version of the National Defense Authorization Act that would permit the Defense Department to terminate grants and other awards that provide funds to individuals who have participated in talent recruitment programs operated by China, Iran, North Korea, or Russia.

18 May 2018

At the latest meeting of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel, Department of Energy officials discussed the recently enacted funding increase for High Energy Physics and their planning for the Trump administration’s proposed cuts. The panel also approved its first-ever independent review of DOE’s portfolio of currently operating HEP experiments.

17 May 2018

At the American Meteorological Society’s Washington Forum last month, FYI interviewed National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration acting head Tim Gallaudet about the direction NOAA is headed, including the agency’s efforts to improve weather and climate prediction. Gallaudet stressed that NOAA’s investments in science and technology are translating directly into benefits for the American people.

15 May 2018

With several members departing and new leadership incoming, the National Science Board used much of its May meeting to reflect on how it has ramped up its engagement on policy matters in recent years. One focus of discussion was how the board has increasingly drawn attention to the emergence of China as a global leader in science and engineering.

11 May 2018

In a series of public lectures, former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head Jane Lubchenco has urged the scientific community to focus on the growing importance of public engagement in a “post-truth” world, which she says will require a shift in culture at universities, research institutions, and government science agencies. 

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10 May 2018

At a recent meeting of the National Academies’ Space Studies Board, NASA science leaders joined board members in reflecting on recent setbacks in the development of two flagship telescopes and debated the best path forward for the next astronomy and astrophysics decadal survey. NASA’s lead science official called for delaying the decadal survey and urged the board to move beyond proposing single, large missions.

10 May 2018

Draft spending bills advanced this week in the House offer initial indications of the outlook for federal science funding in fiscal year 2019. The picture emerging is largely positive, with House appropriators seeking substantial increases for several science agencies.

4 May 2018

EPA has issued a proposed rule that would require data and models underlying certain scientific studies to be made publicly available before the agency could use the studies in developing regulations. Among its justifications, the agency is arguing the proposal is consistent with the research community’s recent efforts to address concerns about the irreproducibility of swaths of science.

4 May 2018

House Science Committee members and expert witnesses called for more robust space weather research, observations, and forecasting at a hearing last week. They also pushed for better defined roles in government, academia, and industry.

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