Weekly Digest — September 18-24, 2017

This week in #scipol: Zinke's memo targets ten national monuments, other EPA news, and state governors try to put the Paris Accord into action.

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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

Weekly Digest – February 20-26

Conservation and Alternative Energy The recent ban on lead ammunition on Federal Lands may be overturned; few states have laws against lead ammunition so unraveling the federal ban will negatively impact wildlife (NPR). A bill proposed in the House (H.R.1054) co-sponsored by Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) would create a botanical science research … Continue reading Weekly Digest – February 20-26