News and Events – Appropriations, astronauts, and K99’s

Posted: July 14, 2013 in Events, Funding, Jobs, Life as a post-doc, Religion

“Supporters of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) just got what passes for good news in Washington DC’s current climate of fiscal austerity: the US Senate subcommittee that funds the biomedical agency voted today to boost its budget by nearly US$2 billion, to $31 billion in 2014.”

“The National Science Foundation has released its spending plan for the current year.  Importantly, this “FY 2013 Current Plan” includes mandatory reductions made due to sequestration.”

FY 2014 Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Summary Subcommittee Mark-up (ie who fund the NIH).

“On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed by a vote of 227-198 the FY 2014 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  During its two days of deliberations on H.R. 2609, the House considered more than seventy amendments to this legislation on programs such as ARPA-E, energy efficiency, Yucca Mountain, and life extension programs for nuclear weapons.  Among these amendments were several relating directly to the Office of Science.”

“The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 2609, making appropriations for Energy and Water Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes. The bill drastically underfunds critical investments that: develop American energy sources to build a clean and secure energy future; develop and commercialize the emerging technologies that create high-quality jobs and enhance the Nation’s economic competiveness; and improve resilience against current and ongoing climate impacts that threaten our economy, public health, and natural resources. The bill would leave U.S. competitiveness at risk in new markets for clean energy industries such as advanced vehicles, advanced manufacturing, energy efficiency for homes and businesses, and domestic renewable energy such as wind, solar, and biomass. Furthermore, the legislation would cut essential national security efforts required to implement the President’s nuclear strategy and advance counter-proliferation objectives. If the President were presented with H.R. 2609, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.”

“Last November, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) said that “as of spring 2013″ it would start cracking down on enforcing its public-access policy — and it seems the agency is now seeing positive results.”

Essay on appreciating smart women – like the 4 women that make up NASA’s 2013 astronaut candidate class.

“How many Pathway to Independence grant recipients actually get a R01 grant funded? And how is the program changing in the near future? Find out…”

“Federal budget sequestration is threatening the science and technology community in existential ways, officials at the “All Things Research 2013″ event said. And the longer Congress takes to find a fix, the more damaging the setback will be.”

“Julia Parrish was one of 12 “champions of change” invited to share their ideas on public engagement in science and science literacy June 25 at the White House.

Parrish, a University of Washington professor of aquatic and fishery sciences and associate dean of the College of the Environment, founded a citizen-scientist organization in 1991 to document what’s normal and what’s in flux on our coasts by counting seabird carcasses brought in on the tide.”




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