Science Policy Roundup: November 22, 2013

The world of science policy can be hard to keep up with, especially when a scientist is consumed at the bench. That’s where the Policy Blotter comes in! The Science Policy Roundup features the week’s science policy news.

The America COMPETES Act is up for reauthorization. This bill was enacted in 2007 and reauthorized in 2010 to guide investments in research and development to promote innovation to keep the U.S. as a leader in the competitive world market. The U.S. House COMPETES bill has been separated into two bills, the EINSTEIN America Act, which deals with the Department of Energy Office of Science, and the FIRST Act, which deals with several other science funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation. The debate on the bill continued from last week.

“Subcommittee on Research and Technology Hearing – Keeping America FIRST” – Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

“House Hearing Skates Over Big Disagreements on NSF Reauthorization” – ScienceInsider

“From COMPETES to FIRST: What you need to know about the NSF reauthorization legislation” – Policy Blotter

Resolving the budget for fiscal 2014 and ending sequestration continues to be a topic of concern for scientists.

“U.S. budget negotiators seek two-year funding deal: congressman” – Reuters

“U.S. Republicans to keep cuts if budget talks fail: Boehner” – Reuters

“An outlook for science funding” – Policy Blotter

The hotly debated issue of teaching creationism in the science classroom may have severe consequences.

“State Education Board Delays Textbook Vote” – CBSDFW

“Evolution Debate Again Engulfs Texas Board of Ed” – ABCNews

“Creationism creeping into high school textbooks?” – Policy Blotter

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