In this hyper-partisan era of Congress, one unearthly goal has brought Republicans and Democrats together: Mars. The Senate Commerce Committee is expected to move forward this week with a bipartisan bill that, for the first time, calls on NASA to ultimately establish a human colony on the Red Planet. To aid the space agency, the bill aims to prevent any future president from interfering with a $19.5-billion authorization package or development programs for rockets and spacecraft destined for Mars.
Another year, another round of budget roulette for US science agencies. When Congress returns from its summer break on 6 September, it will have just three weeks to pass a new government funding bill before the 2017 budget year begins on 1 October. Policy analysts predict that lawmakers will pass a stopgap funding measure that will keep agencies’ budgets flat until the presidential election in November -- and perhaps into next year.
Tuition and fee increases over the past five years at Oklahoma's public higher education system are among the country's highest, according to The College Board. The State Regents for Higher Education blame “underfunding,” but that excuse doesn't hold water. From 2008-09 through 2015-16, state funding dropped 17 percent, but tuition and fees jumped 38 percent, according to the regents' own data. Oklahoma isn't an isolated example.
Rank-and-file House Republicans are dreading voting on a huge spending deal in the lame-duck session -- but they may have no choice. Funding for the federal government dries up at the end of September, forcing Congress to move a stopgap spending bill just weeks before the Nov. 8 presidential election. Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus are pushing to extend government funding into early 2017, wary of a massive bipartisan spending deal in the lame-duck.
The 18 newly funded projects stem from the cross-disciplinary NSF Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems program, which supports bold efforts to go beyond single-discipline research efforts in order to advance brain science.
U.S. astronomers are wary that their next big space telescope, a mission to study cosmic acceleration and exoplanets, could balloon in cost and scope just like the budget-busting $8 billion James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). So says a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine panel tasked with taking the temperature of the field midway between “decadal surveys” -- the regular reports in which astronomers list their funding priorities for the next 10 years.
Ford Motor Co. will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of an initiative to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan announced the funding Thursday (8/11) in a release.
Investments made through agencies such as the NIH and National Science Foundation (NSF) drive knowledge and fuel innovation in the neuroscience community. Neuroscience, the study of the brain and nervous system, needs consistent and predictable public funding of basic research to unlock the brain’s complex secrets and advance medical progress that ultimately will lead to a better human condition.
As the legislative season winds down, several wins for afterschool STEM education have emerged. Most recently, on July 13-14 the House Appropriations Committee marked up the fiscal year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) funding bill. The bill maintains funding for 21st CCLC at the current level of $1.16 billion, which is very good news! As you might recall, the Senate version of the bill