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April 13, 2010

This Week on Capitol Hill, April 12-16

MONDAY The House was not in session. The Senate met to consider HR 4851 — Short-term extensions of various programs  TUESDAY The House convenes at 2:00 pm to consider some minor bills under suspension of the rules.  Senate Foreign Relations marks up legislation on Peace Corps expansion (S 1382), Torture Victims Relief (S 2839), Water…


April 1, 2010

Rep. McDermott Joins Colleagues in Push for NEH Increase

Washington Congressman Jim McDermott (7th District) joined 87 of his Colleagues in the House of Representatives to sign a Dear Colleague letter addressed to Interior Appropriations Chairman Jim Moran (D-VA) and Ranking Member Mike Simpson (R-ID).  The letter, requested $232.5 million in FY 2011 funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities -an increase of…


March 31, 2010

Patent Reform Legislation Re-Crafted in the Senate

The Senate has released an amended version of S. 515, the Patent Reform Act of 2009 that appears to address many of the hopes for a simplified, and increasingly objective and transparent patent system in the United States. Two reforms included in the legislation that are key to the higher education community include: harmonizing U.S. law with that…


March 30, 2010

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Climate, Energy, and Sustainability

NSF 10-040 Dear Colleague Letter: Climate, Energy, and Sustainability Directorate for Biological Sciences, Directorate for Computer & Information Science and Engineering, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Directorate for Engineering, Directorate for Geosciences, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, Office of Cyberinfrastructure, Office of Integrative Activities, Office of…


March 15, 2010

This Week on Capitol Hill, March 15-19

The House may take up the Senate-passed health care overhaul (HR 3590) bill this week as part of a two-step strategy to complete the legislation.  The House schedule also includes: a number of lands and government operations bills, including HR 1769, Washington rivers protection; bills to simplify language in government documents; to put Congressional Budget…


March 2, 2010

This Week on Capitol Hill, March 1-5

The Senate resumes consideration Monday of a bill that would extend several expiring tax provisions and may also extend unemployment and COBRA health care benefits, as well as Medicaid funding.  A relatively light week is planned in the House, with the main floor action being on a bill intended to reduce the use of physical…


February 4, 2010

Arden Bement Leaving NSF

Courtest of the National Science Foundation February 4, 2010 ARLINGTON, VA – Arden L. Bement, the director of the National Science Foundation, has been named to lead Purdue University’s new Global Policy Research Institute (GPRI) in West Lafayette, Ind. Bement will begin his new post as the director of GPRI–which will draw on seven different…


February 2, 2010

FY11 NOAA Below the Surface

Courtesy of the NOAA Research Staff To Friends and Partners of NOAA Research: The President has released the fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget request for federal agencies. For FY 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) requests a total appropriation of $5,554,458,000, an increase of $806,105,000 over the FY 2010 enacted level. NOAA requests…


FY11 Budget Request Materials Available for Additional Agencies

As noted in previous posts, the President’s Budget Request (PBR) for FY11 was released yesterday. Previous posts have captured budget information for federal agencies of particular importance to the University of Washington. This post captures budget request information for several agencies (Agriculture, NOAA, NASA, NIST, Defense, USGS, NEA, NEH, EPA, VA). Links to detailed agency…


December 22, 2009

Department of Energy Announces Details on Hubs

Department of Energy to Invest $366M in Energy Innovation Hubs Funding Opportunity Announcement for Fuels from Sunlight Hub is Issued Washington, DC – U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today outlined the Department’s plans to invest up to $366 million to establish and operate three new Energy Innovation Hubs focused on accelerating research and…



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