The NSB launched “a new tool for policymakers, educators, business leaders, students and others to assess the career opportunities for those with doctoral degrees in SEH fields.” (Credit: National Science Board)

Science, Engineering, Health Doctorates Find Career Success

The National Science Board, the National Science Foundation’s policy arm, has released an interactive infographic that explores 25 years of science, engineering and health (SEH) doctoral pathways. The NSB launched “a new tool for policymakers, educators, business leaders, students and others to assess the career opportunities for those with doctoral degrees in SEH fields.”

Humpback mother and calf off Hawaii. (Credit: NOAA)

Intermission For The Antiquities Act?

President Donald Trump called for a review of the use of the law, and the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Federal Lands, held a hearing examining the authority it provides. During the hearing, witnesses both praised and condemned how the Antiquities Act has been used.

Red snapper (Credit: Wikimedia commons)

A Snappy Debate On Red Snapper

Three days is just a drop in the fish bucket compared to 200. Yet that is exactly how long recreational fishers will have to catch red snapper in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico this year. The short season will make history and represents a sharp decline from 2006, when the season consisted of approximately 200 days. The change is alarming to anglers and industry fisheries alike and caught the attention of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, who invited experts to discuss two major controversies surrounding red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico – the distribution of allotments between commercial and recreational anglers and state versus federal regulations.

Three U.S. Navy ships underway in formation in the Arabian Sea. (Credit: U.S. Navy)

Defending the Department of Defense’s Research Funding

Robots running the Navy? Not quite. But artificial intelligence and similar technologies are becoming ever more important in improvements to the U.S. military. The Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense met Wednesday to discuss the importance of such research to the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Navy, focusing on innovation and research funding.

The Fiscal Year 2017 spending bill was signed into law last week. (Credit: The White House)

Fiscal Year 2017 Spending Bill Signed Into Law

As last September drew to a close, onlookers eagerly awaited to see how much money would be allotted to federal agencies for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. Seven months and three stopgap funding measures later, they’re finding out. Last Friday, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 244), a $1.1 trillion spending measure that contains the unfinished FY 2017 appropriations bills.

The Department of Energy will honor "all" funding commitments. (Credit: DOE)

DOE Agency Will Honor ‘All’ Funding Commitments

The Department of Energy told its program offices yesterday that it would honor “all” funding commitments for “previously obligated” grants and cooperative agreements. The announcement — sent via memo to DOE officials — comes amid high anxiety about the future of DOE research programs.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed two bipartisan bills. (Credit: Wikimedia commons)

Two Days After Averting Government Shutdown, Congress Releases Omnibus Spending Bill

Seven months into Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 and Congress (in what has become a too-common pattern) passed a week-long continuing resolution (CR), H.J.Res.99, to keep the federal government open while they scrambled to put the finishing touches on an omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year. Congress has until midnight on May 5 to approve the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 244), which consists of the 11 unfinished FY 2017 appropriations bills. The omnibus, which was released at 2am Monday morning, provides $1.07 trillion in base spending for FY 2017 ($1.16 trillion including Overseas Contingency Operations funding).

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science passed their FY 2017 bill by voice vote (Credit: Architect of the Capitol)

Marching Through April: This Month’s Ocean And Science Related Legislation

The big science story of the month was the March for Science on Earth Day, during which droves of lab-coated scientists and allies across scientific disciplines took to the streets around the globe in support of science and evidence-based decision making. Congress was busy as well, despite a two-week spring recess. Upon their return to session, H.Res.273 was immediately introduced to recognize the principles and goals of the March for Science and to show support for evidence-based policymaking; scientific research; and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education — adding to a list of science legislation that was introduced or moved through the chambers this month.

The U.S. Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia, is one of the many U.S. military bases located on the coast. (Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott/Wikipedia)

Why The Military Plans For Climate Change

In a world where terrorism and nuclear arms races abound, many Americans don’t link climate change and national security. However, military leaders want you to know that changing climate conditions do pose a threat to our nation — as they acknowledged in the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review — and that we can’t prepare properly for its effects without knowing more about the ocean and atmosphere. In a joint briefing Thursday held by the Center for Climate Security and the American Security Project, “Climate Change and the Risks to National Security,” senior military and national security experts Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, USN (Ret.), Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret.), and Brigadier General David McGinnis, USA (Ret.) discussed how climate change effectively alters the environment in which the military operates.