President Donald J. Trump signed H.R. 1865, a bipartisan year-end spending package, into law on December 20, 2019. H.R. 1865, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate last week, includes a full repeal of the medical device tax--a 2.3% tax on a range of medical devices and products that previous research has shown to have minimal benefits for doctors, patients and manufacturers.
The White House announced today (Dec 19) that President Trump intends to nominate Sethuraman Panchanathan, a professor of computing and informatics at Arizona State University, to be director of the National Science Foundation. Panchanathan, who often goes by the nickname “Panch,” would replace France Córdova, whose six-year term expires in March.
Chang said in an email that anything Beijing can do "will hurt itself more than us, and given how close its economy is to the edge of the cliff the regime could end up doing itself in by retaliating." He continued, "For four decades, we were told by elites and policymakers that we could not afford to upset China. Wednesday, President Trump did what his predecessors would not do -- defend America from a China that is going after us. The same power that is encroaching on Hong Kong’s autonomy is attacking our society across the board."
Last year, President Trump signed an Executive Order to coordinate federal actions related to ocean science and technology and ocean resource management, and established an interagency ocean policy committee to do so. As co-chairs of the committee, our charge, in part, is to collaborate with the ocean community, identify priority ocean research and technology needs and maximize the effectiveness of federal investments in ocean research.
The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it invested $540 million to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, including computer science, through discretionary and research grants in Fiscal Year 2019, in accordance with President Trump's directive to foster expanded opportunities in these in-demand career fields.
The U.S. Department of Energy said on Thursday that President Donald Trump had formally nominated Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, a former vice president of Ford Motor Co and Louisiana state energy regulator, to head the department. If confirmed by the Senate, Brouillette will replace Rick Perry, who said last month he would step down by the end of the year.
Intellectual property rules, which were cited in the US Section 301 investigation that launched the trade dispute, have emerged as a key point of contention between the two sides. President Donald Trump has said the partial agreement included unspecified commitments that would help protect American companies.
Adviser to the president Ivanka Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo emphasized the significance of private sector innovation in transforming America’s workers and enabling the nation’s economic growth, during a roundtable meeting in Wichita, Kansas, on Oct. 24.
President Donald Trump has chosen a group of business leaders to advise him on science and technology policy. The White House today announced the first seven of an expected group of 16 members of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Only one is an academic--Birgitta Whaley, a chemistry professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who leads its center on quantum information and computation science--although five of the appointees hold Ph.D.s.