Tagged: Science Authorization

Both the House and Senate have passed the the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S. 3084). The bill will soon be sent to the President's desk for President Obama to sign into law. (Credit: Pete Souza/The White House)

Conferenced American Innovation and Competitiveness Act Lands On The President’s Desk

While students around the country were recalling organic chemistry processes and physics formulas during their end-of-semester exams last Friday, Congress was also at work. Following in the Senate’s footsteps, the House passed the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S. 3084), a reauthorization of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology Education and Science Act of 2007, or America COMPETES, which was last reauthorized in 2010. The 2016 bill outlines policies for the National Science Foundation (NSF); the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); and other federal science and innovation programs, including science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education programs.

National Science Board sets priorities for the National Science Foundation (Credit: NSF)

NSF Meeting Highlights Accomplishments and Progress

What do that MRI you had after damaging your knee while running, knowing whether to bring an umbrella to work, and antifreeze in Antarctic fish have in common?MRIs, the Doppler radar, and the identification of “antifreeze” glycoproteins in Antarctic fish were made possible through research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). In addition to its 66-year history of promoting scientific progress, the NSF funds 24 percent of federally-supported research at colleges and universities across the nation. The 24-member National Science Board (NSB) leads NSF and meets five times per year, most recently on November 8 and 9. NSF Director Dr. France Córdova opened the meeting by touting some of the agency’s monumental successes in 2016, including six NSF-supported scientists winning Nobel Prizes and 213 teachers being awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Votes advance key legislation. (Credit: Defense.gov)

Senate Moves On Defense Authorization Bill

The Senate voted 90 to 7 in favor of moving the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 (S. 2943) to conference committee, where senators will meet with representatives to create one bill from this and the previously-passed House version, H.R. 4909.

An offshore wind farm in the United Kingdom. (Credit: Statkraft/Flickr)

Requests For comments On Marine Mammals

The National Marine Fisheries Service has received an application from Deepwater Wind Block Island, LLC for an Incidental Harassment Authorization to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to the installation of the Block Island Wind Farm Export and Inter-Array Cables.

Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Credit: http://www.darpa.mil/)

In Defense [Of] Innovation And Research

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense held a hearing to review the Administration’s budget request for defense innovation and research in FY17 to learn more about the U.S.’s role as the world’s leader in technology and innovation.

Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator (Credit: http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/images/GinaMcCarthy-th.jpg)

Committee Clashes On Increasing EPA Funding

During the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works oversight hearing to examine the President’s FY 2017 budget request, Chairman James Inhofe (OK) was highly disparaging of the requested budgetary increases for climate change, while Ranking Member Barbara Boxer (CA) lauded EPA’s efforts to protect human health and the environment.