How The U.S. Government Shutdown Could Impact Science

2018-01-22T10:09:54+00:00 January 22, 2018|

(Credit: Andrew Harrer/ Bloomberg Getty Images) Congress was not able to come up with a deal to approve a budget for federal agencies, leading the U.S. government to shut down. Much of the staff of U.S. science and environmental agencies could be hit with furloughs, with possible lost pay. (From National Geographic/ [...]

China Declared World’s Largest Producer Of Scientific Articles

2018-01-19T17:03:10+00:00 January 19, 2018|

(Credit: NSF) For the first time, China has overtaken the United States in terms of the total number of science publications, according to statistics compiled by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). (From Nature/ By Jeff Tollefson) -- The agency’s report, released on 18 January, documents the United States’ increasing competition from China [...]

New Initiatives Offer Jobs, Funding To Women Only

2018-01-18T17:24:29+00:00 January 18, 2018|

(Credit: ISTOCK,/ JDAWNINK) To correct gender disparities in academic science, the Max Planck Society and the Australian government are taking the uncommonly direct approach of affirmative action. (From The Scientists/ By Ashley Yeager) -- For years, universities and funding organizations have attempted to address women’s underrepresentation among science faculty, whether by removing [...]

Port Infrastructure In Need Of Updates

2018-01-16T15:35:04+00:00 January 16, 2018|

What It Was The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing: “America’s water infrastructure needs and challenges,” which focused on improvements for ports through the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).  Why It Matters Around 90 percent of the food, technology, and clothing we use daily is transported through ports. Whether inland or [...]

Streamlining Or Undermining?

2018-01-16T16:49:20+00:00 January 16, 2018|

What It Was The House Natural Resources Committee held a markup of six environmental bills, including the Streamlining Environmental Approvals Act of 2017 (SEA Act; H.R. 3133), which amends the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (MMPA, P.L. 92-522). All bills passed out of committee.  Why It Matters The ocean has myriad uses, from [...]

December’s Congressional Wrap Up

2018-01-29T14:58:02+00:00 January 8, 2018|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) What Passed Federal funding was a major focus at the end of 2017. A government shutdown was twice avoided by the passage of two short-term continuing resolutions (CR) that extended federal spending at just below fiscal year (FY) 2017 levels until December 22, 2017 (H.J. Res 123) [...]

Nomination For NOAA Administrator Moves Forward

2018-01-22T13:55:44+00:00 December 18, 2017|

What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a confirmation vote for presidential nominee Mr. Barry Myers (CEO, AccuWeather, Inc.) to serve as the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and a markup of the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2018 (S. 2200) and the [...]

Fisheries Bills Swim Towards House Floor

2018-01-09T17:19:29+00:00 December 18, 2017|

(Credit: NOAA) What It Was The House Natural Resources Committee held a markup of 15 bills including two on fisheries— Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act (H.R. 200) and RED SNAPPER Act (H.R. 3588). Both pieces of legislations passed by votes of 23-17 and 22-16, respectively. Why It [...]

Watchdog: Pentagon Taking Few Steps To Prepare Overseas Bases For Climate Change

2017-12-15T13:16:38+00:00 December 15, 2017|

The Pentagon has taken few steps to prepare its overseas installations for climate change, a government watchdog said Wednesday. (From The Hill/ By Rebecca Kheel) -- “While the military services have begun to integrate climate change adaptation into installations’ plans and project designs, this integration has been limited,” the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report [...]

An Entrepreneurial Bootcamp For Scientists?

2017-12-11T16:13:03+00:00 December 11, 2017|

What It Was The House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology held a hearing titled “From lab to market: A review of NSF Innovation Corps” to discuss successes and improvements to the six-year-old program. Why It Matters The number of global problems that could find solutions from the fields of science, [...]

Continuing Resolution 2.0

2018-02-12T11:26:09+00:00 December 11, 2017|

Why It Matters One of Congress’s major responsibilities is funding the federal government through the appropriations process. When this is not completed at the start of the fiscal year (October 1), it can lead to uncertainty and problems, such as delays on federal grant distribution, hiring freezes, and operational challenges at national parks, to [...]

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