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After Higgs, physicists offer vision to unravel mysteries of universe

After nine days of intensive discussions at the University of Minnesota, nearly 700 particle physicists from about 100 universities and laboratories concluded nine months of work with a unified framework for unmasking the hidden secrets of matter, energy, space and time during the next two decades. Read Press Release.

STEM Education has a place in immigration reform

Today, APS was one of 62 organizations that signed on to a letter urging the House to make support for STEM education a part of immigration reform.  You can read the letter here. The House is currently considering the SKILLS Act, an immigration reform bill.  APS has no position on immigration reform, and the letter […]

Commerce/Justice/Science Appropriations Update

The House and Senate Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies recently passed their respective appropriations bills, but they have yet to receive floor votes.  Even if the bills are passed by each chamber, they are so far apart that conferencing them seem unlikely at this time. Request in Billions of Dollars   President’s […]

Why Social Science Research Matters

Roll Call Commentary By Michael S. Lubell July 24, 2013 Social, behavioral and economic science research has become the punching bag for many conservatives. In February, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., told an American Enterprise Institute audience, “Funds currently spent by the government on social science . . . would be better spent helping […]

Helium Bills Inch Forward, Passage Not Assured

Efforts by Congress to improve the supply of helium to users, including the scientific community, is inching toward a conclusion after more than a year of intensive efforts by APS and other end users.  Without new legislation, the authority of the Bureau of Land Management to continue to sell helium ends when its debt is […]

Helium Bill Needed to Boost Economic and Scientific Strength

APS Member Moses Chan, professor of physics at Penn State University, writes in today’s CQ/Roll Call that a helium bill is needed to boost the nation’s economic and scientific strength. Read the piece.

Department of Energy FY14 Appropriations

The Senate and House appropriations subcommittees on Energy & Water recently held markups for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) appropriations.  Due to a significant difference between the Senate and House versions ideological divides must be bridged before the two versions of the bill can be conferenced.  Moreover, the support for the Department of Energy (DoE) that […]

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson: NSF sets gold standard for scientific research funding

  For more than 60 years, NSF has set the gold standard in scientific research funding throughout the world. Read more about NSF in an op-ed by U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson and other interesting stories in the latest edition of Capitol Hill Quarterly.

America’s looming helium crisis

Michael S. Turner, APS president, and Moses Chan, physics professor at Penn State University, write about America’s looming helium disaster in today’s Politico. Read the piece.

The President’s STEM Realignment Request

President Obama’s budget request for fiscal year 2014 (FY14) included a massive restructuring of the nation’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programs. Of the existing 226 or more programs, almost half are slated for consolidation or cancellation. To give some background, the realignment transitions the nation’s STEM-Ed effort from a vertical integration to […]

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