AIP FYI #1: 2008 Science and Technology Policy Highlights

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Reaction to FY 2008 S&T appropriations outcome is strongly negative. National Science Board releases 600-page “Science and Engineering Indicators 2008” report and an accompanying policy document warning of stagnation and decline of indicators in some discipline areas. American Geophysical Union releases a statement warning “Earth’s climate is now clearly out of balance and is warming.”


S&T organizations call for an additional $300 million in FY 2008 emergency funding for the DOE Office of Science. Bush Administration’s FY 2009 budget request includes impressive increases for DOE Office of Science, National Science Foundation, and core research programs of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. NIST’s Industrial Technology Services programs would be ended. NASA science program budget would decline 5.6 percent.


Letters circulate on Capitol Hill to demonstrate support for FY 2009 NSF and DOE Office of Science requests, and for additional FY 2008 funding. Democratic and Republican members of House Science and Technology Committee offer contrasting views in a report on FY 2009 budget request. NIH seeks comments on public access policy. Budget hearings start in the House and Senate.


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