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Tea Party Excess Threatens High-Tech Success

In my latest Roll Call column, I point out that the Tea Party’s political tactics are threatening our nation’s scientific enterprise: The government shutdown and threatened financial default may seem so yesterday, given the Obamacare rollout mess. But the tea party’s October call to conservative arms is having a persisting, pernicious effect, even though the […]

U.S. Sen. Alexander to Congress: ‘Finish the job’ of doubling research budgets outlined in America COMPETES

At a time when Congress has failed to prioritize funding levels for long-term scientific research, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has rightly called upon his colleagues in Congress to “finish the job” of doubling research budgets set forth in the 2007 America COMPETES Act, which overwhelmingly passed Congress in a bipartisan manner. Read Sen. Alexander’s remarks […]

APS President Michael Turner on The Government Shutdown and Impacts on Science

  In response to the federal government shutdown, APS President Michael Turner has written a statement for the Record as part of a hearing held Oct. 11 by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.  The hearing focused on the economic impacts of the government shutdown. Turner’s statement addressed the impact to the physical science […]

2013 Nobel Prize in Physics Announcement

This year’s Nobel Prize for physics was awarded to Francois Englert at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and Peter Higgs from the University of Edinburough, for developing the theories of the Higgs field and Higgs boson. Collectively, their research explained why elementary particles have mass and provided the foundation for the Standard Model of particle […]

Scientific Enterprise Hangs in Balance Following Federal Government Shutdown

More than 800,000 federal workers were furloughed yesterday after Congress failed to pass a budget to fund the 2014 fiscal year.  As the nation wonders about the next steps to solve the crisis, the U.S. scientific enterprise hangs in the balance. In the meantime, APS wants to know how the shutdown is affecting your critically […]

Shutdown threatens science

A government shutdown will stop crucial scientific projects and delay new technologies, resulting in the loss of jobs for Americans.  Read Kenneth Rudinger’s column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel outlining a few scientific achievements and why a shutdown threatens continued discovery.

Senate Passes Helium Bill: Action by September 30 Deadline Still Not Assured

On September 19, the Senate took an important step forward in voting to pass a substitute amendment to H.R. 527, its version of a helium bill.  The vote, 97-2, underscored the fact that ensuring a continuous supply of helium from the Federal Reserve is not a partisan issue but an issue of national concern. The […]

Cutting Science Funding Starves Future Generations

The United States needs to wake up to the following reality: It is in the process of undermining the foundation of future economic growth, which in no small measure depends on science, education and infrastructure.  Read my column in today’s Roll Call newspaper, outlining how the U.S. is losing its global scientific leadership.

Averting the Helium Cliff

Congress has just six legislative days to approve legislation preventing the shutdown of the federal helium reserve operated in Amarillo, Texas by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. It’s really a no-brainer. Helium benefits Americans who need MRIs (it is necessary to operate the machines), and the crucial gas plays a major role in the […]

Science and Defense Suffer Due to Sequestration

As sequestration continues, so does the harmful effect it has on scientific research, which has led to numerous life-saving innovations, including armored vehicles that protect our troops from improvised explosive devices. Robert Freihaut, a former engineer with General Dynamics Land Systems, recently wrote about the important connection between science and America’s defense capability in the […]

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