Washington Update
Week of April 3 - 7
U-M Students Travel to Washington, D.C. for AAAS Workshop
U-M and MSU PhD Students Visit the Hill as Part of the AAAS CASE Workshop
This week, three U-M PhD candidates traveled to Washington, D.C. to take part in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop. The three-and-a-half day workshop gave students the opportunity to learn about Congress, the federal budget process, and effective science communication.  The U-M students joined MSU graduate students to spend one day of the conference visiting with the Michigan delegation offices and other staff on Capitol Hill to learn how they could use their science expertise to better engage with policymakers.

Washington Wrap-up

Both the House and Senate wrapped up their legislative activity for the week and will recess for two weeks. The Senate will return on Monday, April 24th and the House will return on Tuesday, April 25th. Congress will have until the end of that week to pass a measure to fund the government before current funding expires on April 28th.

Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy -- Accepting Applications
The Women’s Congressional Policy Institute is accepting applications for the Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy since 2014. The fellowships are for a select number of students pursuing a graduate degree or those who have recently completed a master’s, doctorate, or professional degree with a proven commitment to equity for women. Fellows gain practical policymaking experience and graduate credit as they work from January to August in Congressional offices.

Applications are due Thursday, June 1.
Further information is available here.

Legislative Activities
The House of Representatives and the Senate will be in recess for the next two weeks. Session will resume the week of April 24.

Highlighting U-M Faculty Serving on Federal Advisory Committees:

We are proud to feature U-M faculty and staff who are serving on a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) in our weekly newsletter. Through FACs, faculty and staff live out U-M’s mission to serve the state, nation, and world by applying their knowledge and expertise to help shape and inform national policy. If you are currently serving on a FAC, or have recently been selected to serve, please let Kristina or Madeline know.

*** SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT***: On April 18th, there will be a Celebrate National Service reception honoring faculty who have advanced the educational and research mission of the University of Michigan through service on Federal Advisory Committees and in other areas of national policy and engagement. Deans, Directors, & Chairs are invited to help recognize the service of our faculty. If you or someone you know serves on a Federal Advisory Committee or IPA, & you have not received an invitation, please attend and RSVP here.

The event will be held on April 18th, from 4:00-6:00 PM in the U-M Michigan League, Ballroom, 2nd Floor. Remarks will begin at 4:30 PM. There will be a presentation by Robert Axelrod, Walgreen Professor for the Study of Human Understanding, in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and will feature remarks from President Mark S. Schlissel and Vice President for Research Jack Hu.
Professor Robert Megginson
This month, we are featuring Professor Robert Megginson, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Mathematics. Professor Megginson serves on the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE), a congressionally mandated diversity advisory committee of the National Science Foundation (NSF)
According to NSF, CEOSE provides recommendations to the agency on policies and activities to encourage full participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in scientific, engineering, and professional fields. Through his work on CEOSE, Professor Megginson has contributed to the design of the assessment features of the new large-scale NSF INCLUDES initiative that, in the words of the program solicitation, aims “to improve the preparation, increase the participation, and ensure the contributions of individuals from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented and underserved in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) enterprise, including women, members of racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and persons with low socio-economic status.” INCLUDES is a direct consequence of a CEOSE recommendation that NSF implement a “bold new initiative” to bring about those outcomes. Professor Megginson is one of the authors of the upcoming report to Congress on the progress of this initiative and NSF’s other efforts to broaden participation in STEM.

Professor Megginson has also been a vocal advocate on CEOSE for furthering the participation of Native Americans in STEM, both as a matter of social justice and due to the need not to overlook any potential part of the STEM workforce that can help address the present and upcoming environmental and resource constraint issues facing our nation.
To learn more about Professor Megginson’s background, please click

Nomination Announcements
Federal Advisory Committees:
Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting nominations for membership on Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC). CLIAC provides scientific and technical advice and guidance pertaining to general issues related to improvement in clinical laboratory quality and laboratory medicine.

Nominations are due May 1, 2017. Further information is available here.

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.
News Articles
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Powerful Republican lawmakers reject Trump’s plan to cut medical research funding

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