Federal Relations

NIST Issues Call for Nominations to Advisory Boards

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued this week a request for nominations of individuals for appointment to its eight existing Federal Advisory Committees. Several of these boards may be of interest to faculty, including the Technology Innovation Program (TIP) Advisory Board, Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Information

NSF Announces Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) Funding

The Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation has established the Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) to serve a critical role in focusing on important emerging areas in a timely manner.  The EFRI Office is launching a new funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing

August on Capitol Hill

Both the House and the Senate are in recess until Tuesday, September 8th.

Update from Washington, DC

After the historic vote to confirm US Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor – and add more funds to the popular “cash for clunkers” program – the Senate went into their August recess period.  The House recessed last week and both will return after Labor Day.  To date, only four of the twelve FY2010 appropriations bills

OMB and OSTP Direct Agencies to Focus on Science in FY11 Budget Requests

In a memo released this week, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directed agencies to make research and development a priority when formulating their FY11 budget requests. Specifically, the memo directs agencies to invest in r&d that drive economic growth, promote energy effeciency and improve quality

Seen in DC

Dr. Samuel Wasser, Director of the Center for Conservation Biology, and a research professor at the UW Department of Biology,  was invited to DC to testify at a hearing on the Global Wildlife Conservation, Coordination and Enhancement Act of 2009.  The hearing was held by the House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife on

Senate Approves FY10 Agriculture Spending Bill

The Senate approved their Agriculture spending bill yesterday – the fourth fiscal 2010 spending bill passed by the Senate.  Informal work to begin reconciling the four spending bills passed by both chambers is expected to occur over the August break so that conference reports can be considered in September.  Before leaving last week for its

This Week on Capitol Hill, August 3-7

Monday, August 3 The House is in recess until Tuesday, September 8th.   The Senate will reconvene at 2 p.m. to resume consideration of the fiscal 2010 Agriculture appropriations bill (HR 2997). There will be a cloture vote on the substitute amendment to the measure at 5:30 p.m.   Tuesday, August 4 The Senate is

Update from Washington, DC

With the House gone for its August recess, the Senate will turn its attention this week to passing one more spending bill, replenishing the popular Cash for Clunkers program, and confirming President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, all with the aim to leave town Friday until after Labor Day. APPROPRIATIONS As

NSF Seeks Review Panelists

The National Science Foundation Academic Research Infrastructure -Recovery and Reinvestment (AR-R2) is seeking reviewers for their upcoming panels to review proposals for this program.  The announcement from NSF follows. National Science Foundation         American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Academic Research Infrastructure – Recovery and Reinvestment (ARI-R2) July 31, 2009 Dear Colleagues The

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