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Congress gets excited about Nobel

The Nobel Prize in Physics is making waves off the coast of Santa Barbara.  Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24), whose district includes University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), was delighted to learn that the Nobel Prize was awarded to one of her constituents. Capps released the following statement: “Add Shuji Nakamura to the distinguished faculty at […]

U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo: Securing America’s Scientific Future

In APS’ latest edition of Capitol Hill Quarterly, U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo writes in an op-ed how various innovations trace their roots to federally funded scientific research, and why it is crucial that the U.S. make funding science a priority.


The Department of Energy’s 17 national laboratories are the source of numerous scientific breakthroughs, world-renowned experimental facilities and employers of Nobel Laureates. But, when it comes to understanding how these labs contribute to science, security and innovation, many members of Congress and their staff remain in the dark. To shed some light on what the […]

What keeps girls from studying physics and STEM

APS member Rachel Scherr, a senior research scientist at Seattle Pacific University, chronicles her trials and triumphs as a woman in the STEM field and makes the case for robust federal funding of science. Read the op-ed:

America COMPETES 2014: A Much Needed Reauthorization

Guest Blogger: Julia Gonski The Senate recently released a draft bill to increase funding for a variety of national scientific organizations, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and NASA, among others. For many researchers, students and educators across the country, this proposal is a breath of fresh […]


Just before leaving town for the August recess, Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman John Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced S. 2757, a bill to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act. Rockefeller, along with Committee colleagues Richard Durbin (D-IL), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Christopher Coons (D-DE) and Edward Markey (D-MA) supported the bill. In contrast […]

Energy critical elements and, well, gravel

“Critical doesn’t simply mean important,” stated Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ-12th) in his opening remarks during the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources’ July 23 hearing titled “American Metals and Mineral Security: An examination of the domestic critical minerals supply and demand chain.” So what does “critical” mean when discussing minerals legislation on Capitol Hill? Put […]

House Passes Four Science Bills

The House of Representatives passed four bills on July 14 that originated in the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Given that all four bills have bipartisan co-sponsorship, the action could temporarily quell the atmosphere of divisiveness that has recently characterized the committee’s work. The bills address administrative burdens for scientific investigators, STEM education, […]

Fiscal Year 2015 Funding Update

Congress received President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 (FY15) budget request on March 4 and has been making steady progress on appropriations bills.  Appropriations bills concerning science agencies, defense, energy and health are in various stages of completion from being in subcommittee to having been voted on and passed on the floor. Bills in subcommittee are […]

Keeping the U.S. Competitive in Particle Physics

  APS President Malcolm R. Beasley recently authored an op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News, making a strong case for keeping the U.S. invested in the particle physics field. Beyond probing the funding laws of nature, the field has greatly benefited other areas of science and has led to the development of the Internet, […]


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