First meeting of the semester – 9/25/18 recap

We had an awesome kickoff meeting yesterday! We had great turnout, and made some plans for the rest of the semester. A few items: We decided to move to a monthly meeting format. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 23rd. We will continue to do our postcard sessions on alternating Tuesdays. Great news on … Continue reading First meeting of the semester – 9/25/18 recap

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The Journey of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act Demonstrates Conflicting Opinions on the Role of Government-Funded Basic Research

Shortly before President Obama left office he signed into law S.3084, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA), ending a multi-year partisan battle between House and Senate proposals.  The bill touches on many issues important to preserving and improving the research enterprise of the United States (U.S.), including provisions to maximize basic research, reduce regulatory … Continue reading The Journey of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act Demonstrates Conflicting Opinions on the Role of Government-Funded Basic Research

A Short History of National Science Foundation Funding

Before the NSF was founded in 1950 under the National Science Foundation Act, the US Department of Defense (DOD) funded much of the nation’s scientific research. In fact, the first incarnation of the Internet was created with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The National Science Foundation (NSF) gave academics a voice … Continue reading A Short History of National Science Foundation Funding