Tag Archives: science

Next steps after the fiscal cliff deal

By Tyler Glembo The Fiscal Cliffhanger – What has happened so far? Congress struck a last minute deal to avoid the fiscal cliff – a combination of increases in tax rates, expiration of tax credits, and massive cuts in government discretionary spending that were set to occur on Jan. 2, 2013.  There was, however, no grand […]

What’s Missing from the Presidential Debates? Science

As the general election draws near, Americans find themselves knee deep in the relentless onslaught of campaign ads.  What will the candidates do about improving the economy, creating jobs or going after Iran and other rogue nations?

Federal Travel regulations would hurt collaboration among scientists, stifle economic growth

APS President Robert Byer and ACS President Bassam Z. Shakhashiri collaborated on an op-ed that appears today on The Hill newspaper’s Congress blog. The piece makes a compelling argument against federal regulations requiring the reduction of travel and meeting expenses by 30 percent in fiscal year 2013. Pending congressional legislation would go even further with […]

What are Paul Ryan’s views on science and the government?

Want to know Rep. Paul Ryan’s views on science and government? According to ScienceInsider, an online news site of breaking news and analysis from the world of science policy, Ryan has “expressed strong support of government funding of basic science, but critics argue that a 10-year roadmap he authored — if enacted — would substantially […]

Science Needs Champions

Check out this thought-provoking op-ed titled Science Needs Champions by APS Member Kevin Pitts, a physics professor at the University of Illinois. Citing the recent announcement of the Higgs Boson, the piece points out how the discovery is a “symptom of the weakening scientific research effort in the United States.” To overcome the problem, Pitts […]

Science Funding and the Ideological Divide

By Michael S. Lubell Special to Roll Call There was a time, and it really wasn’t so long ago, that despite their differences, Democrats and Republicans could reliably agree on two policy judgments: Science plays a central role in building the nation’s future, and federal science support is required to achieve many key national goals. […]

APS Applauds President Obama’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2013 Budget

APS commends President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget, which prioritizes scientific research, spurs innovation and keeps the nation on a path toward economic prosperity. APS is pleased that the President’s budget reflects the priorities of key scientific agencies that are crucial to our nation’s future competitiveness — the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the […]

President Obama Announces STEM-Ed Initiative During White House Science Fair

President Obama yesterday hosted the second annual White House Science Fair, commending young inventors for their projects and announcing that he would budget $100 million in Fiscal Year 2013 to boost STEM-education. Read more in the New York Times: In related news, APS applauded a report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & […]

Roll Call Column: Smart, Not Fat, Cats Fuel Economic Growth

By Michael S. Lubell   While Members of Congress and presidential candidates have been busy beating each other up over whether millionaires are job creators or job destroyers, they have lost sight of who really spurs America’s economic growth. It’s not the fat cats on Wall Street. It’s the smart cats in the research laboratories. […]

APS Commends President Obama for Robust Support of Research and Innovation

In his State of the Union Address last night, President Obama rightly stated that investment in research and innovation has yielded huge dividends for the nation. “Support the same kind of research and innovation that led to the computer chip and the Internet, to new American jobs and new American industries,” he urged Congress. Read […]


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