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4 April 2016: Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel Announced: The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, announced a Blue Ribbon Panel of scientific experts, cancer leaders, and patient advocates that will inform the scientific direction and goals at NCI of Vice President Joe Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Read more

1 April 2016: Congressman Culberson Hosts Hearing to Highlight NASA’s Search for Extraterrestrial Life: Rep. John Culberson, the powerful chairman of the House subcommittee that doles out and directs funding each year for NASA, convened a hearing focused on NASA’s quest to discover extraterrestrial life on a set of moons orbiting Jupiter and Saturn known as “ocean worlds.” Culberson is betting on Jupiter’s moon Europa as a likely candidate for a second home for life within our solar system. Read more

30 March: 2016 White House Science Fair Announced: The sixth and final White House Science Fair of President Obama’s Administration will be hosted on 13 April, 2016. Read more

26 March 2016: House Budget Resolution Proposes Restructured Federal Science Apparatus, Foreshadows Likely CR: A report accompanying the pending House budget resolution devotes more space than usual to opining on the federal role in supporting research and development and proposes restructuring the federal research apparatus, namely through eliminating the Department of Commerce and reducing support of applied research. Read more

25 March 2016: As Relations Thaw, Cuban and American Scientists See Promise inScientific Coooperation: Amidst a thaw in U.S. relations with Cuba, scientists from both nations spoke at the American Physical Society March Meeting about the prospects for collaboration in physics and nanotechnology. Read more

25 March 2016: House Passes Bill to Inspire Girls and Women to Enter STEM Fields: The House easily cleared legislation sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock that would call on NASA to continue three initiatives supporting women’s involvement in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and aerospace, and develop a plan to leverage NASA’s workforce to inspire girls to enter these fields. Read more

22 March 2016: Advanced Manufacturing the Focus of House Science Committee Hearing on NIST Budget: Representatives from both sides of the aisle offered varying levels of praise for the standards science and technology agency, although the chairman criticized the proposed funding source for expanding the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation and highlighted the committee’s continuing investigations following the discovery of a meth lab at the agency last year. Read more

18 March 2016: Large Turnout for Funding Opportunity Briefing for DOC-Funded Manufacturing Institutes--Video Available Online: On March 8th, the NIST Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) hosted over 200 participants for a Proposers’ Day, where the attendees learned the details of applying for a DOC/NIST competition that will support the establishment and operation of up to two Manufacturing Innovation Institutes. Read more

10 March 2016: Recent Gains in Federal R&D Funding May Be Difficult to Match for 2017, AAA Analysis Finds: Major science agencies have been recovering from the automatic budget cuts known as “sequestration” first imposed in the 2013 fiscal year, but their recent gains may be difficult to match for the upcoming fiscal year, according to a new analysis from the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program. Read more

9 March 2016: Congressmen Ask Colleagues to Join Bipartisan Call for ambitious Increase in NSF Budget: In a letter being circulated in the House, Representatives G.K. Butterfield and David McKinley are asking their colleagues to sign onto a bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter calling on appropriators to fund the National Science Foundation at a level of $8 billion in fiscal year 2017. Read more

9 March 2016: New Rule Extends US Stays for STEM Students: The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) updated a rule allowing international students in select science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, to work in the United States for up to 36 months following graduation from a US college or university. Read More

8 March 2016: DOE Science Appropriations Hearing Focuses on Facilities Upgrades and Exascale Efforts: Members of a House appropriations subcommittee did not appear to oppose any major thrusts of the president’s fiscal year 2017 budget request for the Office of Science. Rather, members of both parties largely focused on longer-term efforts, expressing keen interest in the Department of Energy's plans for upgrading user facilities, developing exascale computing capabilities, and improving technology transfer. Read more

4 March 2016: [Report Preview] Guide to the President’s Budget: Research and Development FY 2017: The base budget would decrease basic research and non-defense R&D and make-up the difference by relying on new mandatory spending. Read more





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