December 2nd, 2010

NSF in the crosshairs

The New York Times recently launched a crowdsourcing initiative to see how people would choose to balance the federal budget. The Times gave people the option to pick and choose from a collection of budget cutting measures that had been proposed by various committees and think tanks: The Simpson/Bowles deficit commission, the Cato Institute, the … read more


February 2nd, 2010

Obama’s Science Budget

Wired has a handy chart of which agencies get what in Obama’s new budget proposal. The NIH gets an extra $1 billion, NSF, NASA, and the EPA each get an extra $500M, and a few others get smaller increases. Only the CDC’s budget gets chopped. Given that the proposed budget comes with a giant helping … read more


November 15th, 2007

White House Roundtable

Peter and I have just returned from “Evolving Demands in Graduate Education, Training and Career Development for Future STEM Professionals,” a workshop hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The meeting was in some ways a testament to the potential of young scientists and engineers to influence the community. Sharon Hays, … read more


September 19th, 2007

Bring Back the Office of Technology Assessment

There’s a great idea floating around science blogs: bring back the White House Office of Technology Assessment: It used to be, for about 20 years (from 1974 to 1995), there was an office on the Hill, named the Office of Technology Assessment, which worked for the legislative branch and provided non-partisan scientific reports relevant to … read more


August 13th, 2007

America COMPETES Act

America COMPETES, the NSF reauthorization bill, has been signed into law, and the bill contains a lot of good stuff. Many of the provisions I wrote about earlier have survived the conference committee and made it through to the final bill: Postdoc training: The postdoc mentoring provision is more or less unchanged: SEC. 7008. POSTDOCTORAL … read more