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SEQUESTER CHALLENGE: House
Republicans are expected to release a budget next
week. Reports indicate
it could both call for lower spending than in
allowed by last year's Budget Control Act and exempt
defense from the sequester due to take effect next
January. Government Executive reports
it may delay the first year of defense cuts in
the sequester and achieve savings through federal
workforce cuts. House
Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, left, also
wants entitlement cuts on the table.
will come out with a plan based on the president's
budget. The White House insists a sequester should
be avoided only through a deal that includes both
taxes and spending cuts. Senate Democratic leaders
don't plan on producing a budget not plan to move an
FY13 budget resolution, in part because the BCA
already has set the discretionary spending level.
The Association of American Universities' Weekly
Wrapup, citing the National Journal, says the House
GOP and Democratic moves will lay down
"philosophical markers" to influence spending
negotiations. These are unlikely to get serious
until after the election. See Ryan's
SO FAST: House
appropriators are refusing to let NASA shut down its
cooperation with the European Space Agency on Mars
exploration, at least not right away. NASA wanted to
reprogram money in the current fiscal year. But
subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said the
agency's plan "represents a significant deviation"
from the robotic explorer plan OK'd by Congress and
needs to be examined rigorously. Read the account
in Aviation Week.
BUDGET 'SIMPLY UNREALISTIC:' So
declared Rep. Ben Quayle (R, Ariz.) when the
National Institute of Standards and Technology's
chief, Patrick Gallagher, appeared before Quayle's
subcommittee to defend his agency's 14.1 percent
budget increase. The administration sees NIST as key
to its overall $2.2 billion advanced manufacturing
effort. The American Institute of Physics covered
charts from the Chronicle of Higher Education
INNOVATION NETWORK: President's
Obama's budget seeks $1 billion to set up a National
Network for Manufacturing Innovation that would
allow industry to share best practices. In the short
term, the White House plans to
launch a pilot institute using $45
million from existing funds within the Departments
of Defense, Energy, and Commerce, as well as the
National Science Foundation. Creation of the
institute will follow a competitive application
HIGHER EDUCATION AND PUBLIC POLICY
NO TRIUMPHALISM HERE: Just 42 percent of Americans think the United States will still be leading the world in science and technology by 2020. This comes from Research!America, a health-research organization, which sponsored a national poll by JZ Analytics. As to which nation people think will overtake the U.S., 26 percent say China, 23 percent say India.
HOW COUNTRIES STACK UP: For an indepth look at global R&D and how America fares in comparison with other countries, check out this report released by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. It's available through the Social Science Research Network.
FLATTENS OUT: Following
a decline in state and local support for higher
education, 2011 saw a slight
uptick, from $87.2 billion in 2010 to $87.5
billion. That's still a drop from the $88.8 billion
provided in 2008. And since enrollment grew last
year, the total means less support per student. See
the State Higher Education Executive Officers
Association's 85-page report.
'SUPER BRANDS:' That's how the Times Higher Education supplement describes the six top schools in its global reputational classification. The six are, in order, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Stanford, Berkeley, and Oxford. Their global reputations far exceed those of the next tier, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education.EUROPE SEEKS R&D BOOST: Funding for the European Research Council would nearly double, to 13 billion euros, under the European Commission's Horizon 2020 plan to boost spending on research and innovation. The overall 80-billion-euro plan is being pushed despite austerity measures undertaken in a number of countries, according to University World News.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS . . . for the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation must be submitted by March 31. Learn more
EMPLOYER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE: Republican Sam Johnson of Texas and Democrat Richard Neal of Massachusetts, have introduced legislation to make Section 127 of the Internal Review Code permanent. The section lets an employee exclude from income up to $5,250 of employer assistance in paying for courses at the associate, undergraduate, and graduate levels. The Coalition to Preserve Employer Provided Education Assistance is trying to build grass-roots support for the bill, H.R. 4137.
RESEARCH OBJECTIVITY: The National Institutes of Health is offering an online tutorial to explain its revised policies on avoiding conflicts of interest and other financial complications involving grant recipients. Learn more.
LABS AND EQUIPMENT: National Science Foundation deputy director Cora Marrett, far left, below, and National Science Board member Jose Marie Griffiths, second from left, were quizzed by the House Science, Space, and Technology subcommittee on how NSF pays to build and run research facilities. House and Senate appropriators have said they're "concerned about how NSF and its grantees are defining, estimating and managing construction funding, particularly contingency funds."
new National Research Council committee has launched
a new study exploring this question from a number of
different angles, including the roles of government,
research institutions, universities, and journals in
promoting responsible practices. The first meeting
is March 18, and the panel will hear from, among
others, NSF inspector general Allison Lerner.
and MATERIALS: Another
expects to come out in the next few months with a
report on how condensed matter and materials
research addresses societal needs in sustainability,
health, and climate change.
STEM WORKFORCE: An
Academies panel co-chaired by Norman Augustine and
Dan Mote held a workshop to examine future DoD STEM
workforce needs. Read its report.
MISS THE ENGINEERING RESEARCH COUNCIL MEETING? See the presentations online here.
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