Nomination Announcements

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Federal Advisory Committees:
HHS Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Reserach, Care and Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation is accepting nominations for the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services to provide advice and consultation on how to prevent or reduce the burden of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias on people with the disease and their caregivers.

Further information is available here. Nominations for membership are due by Friday, June 16. 

NSF Advisory Committee Openings

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting nominations for positions available on its scientific and technical federal advisory committees. There are 13 advisory committees accepting nominations including:

  • Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences
  • Advisory Committee for Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure
  • Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources
  • Advisory Committee for Engineering
  • Advisory Committee for Geosciences
  • Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering
  • Advisory Committee for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Advisory Committee for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering
  • Advisory Committee for Business and Operations
  • Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee

The federal register notice, with details on how to submit names, is available here. Nominations for membership are maintained for one year.


National Institute of Standards and Technology Federal Advisory Committees

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting nominations for appointment to nine existing Federal Advisory Committees:

  • Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
  • Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
  • Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board
  • Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board
  • National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee
  • Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction
  • National Advisory Committee on Windstorm Impact Reduction
  • NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee
  • Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology

Nominations will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Further information is available here.


Council on Graduate Medical Education

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accpeting nominations to fill vacancies on the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME). The COGME provides advice and recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services and members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on matters related to: supply of physicians in the U.S., physician workforce trends, training issues, and financing policies.

The agency will receive nominations on a continuous basis. Further information is available here.

Research Funding for FY2017

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Congress approved and President Trump signed into law an FY17 Omnibus Appropriations measure, funding the federal government for the remainder of FY17 (through September 30). The legislation does not include the steep cuts to federal research requested by the Administration in March. AAAS has a detailed analysis of the final FY2017 omnibus funding bill, with respect to research and development (R&D). According to their estimates, federal R&D received a 5% increase over FY2016 funding levels.

Below is a table with funding levels for specific federal research agencies and programs.


The Senate unanimously approved the Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act (S.141), introduced earlier this year by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). This bipartisan legislation will strengthen space weather research by directing the various federal agencies responsible for understanding, predicting, and forecasting space weather to develop new tools and technologies to improve forecasting and develop benchmark standards to describe space weather disturbances and their potential impacts on Earth. This legislation has implications for NASA, NOAA, NSF, DoD, and DHS.

The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is accepting nominations for the 2017 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal, presented each year by the President, is the country's highest award for technological achievement. The medal can be awarded to individuals, teams (up to four individuals), companies or divisions of companies to recognize their outstanding contributions to the U.S. economic, environmental, and social well-being.

Nominations are due on April 7, 2017. Further information is available here.

The U.S. Water Alliance has opened nominations for their 2017 US Water Prize. According to the U.S. Water Alliance, this prize is awarded on an annual basis to celebrate outstanding achievement in the advancement of sustainable solutions to our nation's water challenges.

Winners of the 2017 US Water Prize will be recognized and announced during the Water Prize Ceremony at the 2017 One Water Summit in New Orleans, June 27-29. Nominations are due March 8, 2017. Winners will be chosen by an Independent Review Panel comprised of past winners and water industry experts. More information about the nomination process can be found here.

The Alda Center for Communicating Science Boot Camp is intended for scientists – including faculty members, post docs and graduate students – who are eager to improve their skills in communicating science to the public. The center teaches skills to help scientists communicate with a range of people outside their fields, including students, funders, employers, policymakers, community members and scientists in other disciplines.

The next boot camp will be held at Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY from June 19-23, 2017. Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis through April. Early acceptance applications at a reduced rate ($1,500) are due by March 1, 2017. Further information and the application can be found here.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) released an analysis of two current budget proposals that are likely to influence President Trump's approach to his budget proposal. One proposal is The Heritage Foundation's: Blueprint for Balance: A Federal Budget for 2017. The second proposal is the Republican Study Committee's Blueprint for a Balanced Budget 2.0.

Both budgets include steep cuts to discretionary spending overall. The AAAS analysis outlines the budget's outlook with regards to science and technology. These proposals have not been put forward by the Trump administration, but are ideas supported or created by his current advisors and are widely speculated to influence his thinking. It is also important to remember that Congress will have the final say on spending, and Members of Congress often have different views than the administration on spending priorities.

The House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) announced the committee's top priorities for the 115th Congress. This includes:

  • Cutting Government Red Tape, Emphasizing Sound Science at EPA: The Committee will highlight the EPA's need to use sound science and transparent data to justify its rules and regulations. 
  • Reforms to Department of Energy (DoE) Programs: The committee will continue to prioritize basic research at the Department of Energy, and will work to limit spending on late-stage commercialization programs that distort the energy market.
  • STEM Education and Reauthorization of NSF and NIST Programs: STEM education initiatives are a priority for the Committee along with initiatives including computer science. Reauthorizing the NIST programs is needed to prioritize the labs and protect our country from vulnerable technologies that lead to cyberattacks.
  • Oversight of FDIC Cybersecurity Failures, FISMA, and Ongoing Investigations: The Committee will continue to conduct robust government-wide cybersecurity oversight under its FISMA jurisdiction.
  • Constancy of Purpose within NASA: The Committee will continue to ensure that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration pursues a balanced portfolio of programs reinvigorated with bold exploration objectives.

Scientific Integrity Bill Introduced in the Senate
During the week of February 13th, Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) and 27 other Democrats introduced the Scientific Integrity Act (S.338).

This legislation would make law the existing policies at the 24 federal agencies with science programs. The policies are the result of an executive order from former President Barack Obama requiring agencies to define how they will safeguard scientific integrity. In addition to other practices, the legislation would require that the agencies:

  • Reaffirm the principle of open communication of scientific findings and prevent the suppression of scientific findings;
  • Ensure that scientists are allowed to communicate their findings with the public, press, and Congress;
  • Direct federal agencies to develop scientific integrity policies that include whistleblower protections; and,
  • Require scientific integrity policies to be posted online and given to all new hires