Federal Relations

March 24, 2009

AAU Provides Humanities Advocacy Materials

The Association of American Universities has posted on its website materials for advocacy on behalf of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The materials include a document on the importance of NEH and the humanities—with a focus on the restoration of funding for core program divisions and the creation of a new graduate education program—with

March 5, 2009

House and Senate Judiciary Committees Introduce Patent Reform Legislation

On March 3rd, the House and Senate judiciary committees introduced bipartisan patent reform legislation. The legislation has been considered by the previous two Congresses with little result to date. The Patent Reform Act of 2009 was introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and by Representatives John Conyers (D-MI) and Lamar Smith

March 3, 2009

UW FY10 Federal Agenda Project Sheets Available

Below, please find individual projects information sheets for the initiatives selected for the UW Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Agenda. The projects identified below combined with a forthcoming set of federal agency/program funding recommendations constitute the University’s primary federal advocacy plan for the coming year. Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS) Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI)

March 2, 2009

UW FY10 Federal Agenda Finalized

The University of Washington Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Agenda is now final. The document proposes partnerships with the federal government on a number of high priority projects that will have a significant impact on our institution, state, and region. In the coming months, the Office of Federal Relations will work to garner support for the UW federal

February 17, 2009

Brookings Institution Releases Energy R&D Proposal

Last week, the Brookings Institution released a proposal to establish a network of regional energy discovery and innovation institutes (e-DIIs). According to the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, the e-DIIs would support the overarching goals of renewing America’s economy, promoting energy independence, and addressing climate change. Cities that are currently leaders in innovation, like Seattle, would

February 13, 2009

Senator Cantwell Picked to Head Energy Subcommittee

The scope of the subcommittee includes such issues as climate change and renewable energy. Senator Cantwell intends to focus much of the subcommittee’s efforts on advancing clean energy initiatives. According to a news release from the Senator’s office, “Renewable energy, smart grid technologies, research at national labs, energy market regulation and nuclear waste cleanup are

February 9, 2009

Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Agenda

Project Title Project Description Amount Funding Mechanism Appropriations Bill and Account Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS) Supports the development of new methods for deployment training and reset training of soldiers in the Madigan Army Medical Center Warrior Transition Unit, as well as reintegration training of physicians and civilian reservists in the Pacific Northwest;

February 6, 2009

International Education Meeting to Commemorate Title VI Anniversary

Next month, campus international education officials and a number of university presidents and chancellors will come to Washington, D.C. for a conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title VI, which authorizes the international education programs funded through the Department of Education. The Title VI meeting and celebration will be held March 19 to 21

February 2, 2009

Congressman Baird to Chair S&T Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment

The Democratic members of the House Committee on Science and Technology formally elected their subcommittee chairs last week. Congressman Brian Baird (D-WA) was elected as chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, while Congressman Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) will take up the role of chair of the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education vacated by

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