Washington Update
Week of September 26 - 30

**Please Note: Congress is in recess until 11/14/16. This newsletter will return on Friday, November 18 **
MForesight Meeting Held in Washington, D.C.
Norm Augustine, Ret. CEO, Lockheed Martin; Former Under Secretary of the Army Provides Closing Remarks

This week, MForesight convened a national summit in Washington, D.C.: "America's New Manufacturing Moment". MForesight is a think-and-do tank focusing on the next generation technologies that will strengthen U.S. manufacturing. Dr. Sridhar Kota, the Herrick Professor of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering is the Director of MForesight. He previously served as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 2009 to 2012.

The MForesight summit featured sessions focusing on: forecasting future innovation -- how can MForesight most effectively serve the interests of the advanced manufacturing community; gamechangers -- what is the "next big thing" for U.S. manufacturing; America's next manufacturing workforce -- best practices for training the next generation manufacturing workforce; and memos to the next president -- experts offer manufacturing policy action items for the next president.

The summit featured speakers from business, academia and policy. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) provided opening remarks to kick off the summit. Inventor Dean Kamen provided the keynote address on the future of innovation. And Norm Augustine the retired CEO of Lockheed Martin and former Under Secretary of the Army provided closing remarks. For more information on the summit, please click here.

U-M Professor Thomas Zurbuchen Named Head of NASA Science Mission Directorate
This week, Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Dean for Entrepreneurial Programs and Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science, Aerospace Engineering was named Associate Administrator of the NASA Science Mission Directorate by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "Thomas brings a wealth of scientific research and engineering experience to the Science Mission Directorate,” Bolden said. “His diverse background and hands-on knowledge align well with NASA and our world-class team of scientists and engineers.”

Dr. Zurbuchen will start Monday, October 3 in this role. Professor Alec Gallimore, the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering stated: 

"I, Michigan Engineering and the university as a whole have benefited greatly from his innovative ideas, his dedication to students and his pioneering space research. I look forward to watching this next phase of his career unfold.”

The U-M press release can be found here and the NASA press release can be found here.

Legislative Wrap-up

This week, the House and Senate approved, and the President signed into law, legislation funding the government and avoiding a shutdown. The measure would fund the government for 10 weeks at current levels, beginning October 1, when current funding expires. The legislation also includes $1.1 billion to respond to the Zika virus and half a billion dollars for flood relief in Louisiana, Maryland and other states. The funding fight was resolved after a bipartisan deal was reached to ensure that Flint, Michigan’s water crisis is addressed in the lame duck session.
Reid said Democrats will not agree to a CR that contains flood aid for Louisiana but does not address the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. - See more at:
Reid said Democrats will not agree to a CR that contains flood aid for Louisiana but does not address the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. - See more at:
Reid said Democrats will not agree to a CR that contains flood aid for Louisiana but does not address the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. - See more at:
After approving the spending measure, both the Senate and the House of Representatives recessed until after the November election. Both chambers will return to Washington, D.C. on Monday, November 14.
CEOs for Science Ad Runs in New York Times and Wall Street Journal
The Annenberg Center for Public Policy of the University of Pennsylvania has run a full-page ad about the importance of basic research, co-signed by business leaders at 36 major corporations, in the New York Times on September 26 and in today's Wall Street Journal. A link to the press release is available here.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – Proposers Day Webcast
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day event to provide information on the objectives of an anticipated Research Announcement (RA) for the Young Faculty Award (YFA) program. The intent of this webcast is to introduce the research community to the YFA program vision and goals and explain updated mechanics and eligibility of the program.

The Proposers Day will be held on October 3, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST. The event will be held via webcast only. Advance registration is required for viewing the webcast. More information can be found here.

**NEW SECTION** Highlighting U-M Faculty Serving on Federal Advisory Committees:

We are excited to announce that the Office of Research Washington Update is now featuring U-M faculty and staff who are serving on a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC). 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.

Professor Michael Wellman
For the inaugural section, we are proud to feature Dr. Michael Wellman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Engineering and the Lynn A Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering.
Professor Wellman serves on the Financial Research Advisory Committee (FRAC), providing advice to the Office of Financial Research (OFR). The OFR helps to promote financial stability by looking at the financial system to see where risks are going, assess how much of a threat they might pose, and provide policymakers with financial analysis, information, and evaluation of policy tools to mitigate them. The FRAC provides advice to the OFR, informing OFR’s research-and-data agendas, and helps the OFR to fulfill its mission.
As the only academic computer scientist on the FRAC, Professor Wellman brings expertise on algorithmic trading and other computational techniques that are transforming financial markets and the financial system. He has joined the working group on Financial Innovation, which will be addressing the impact of new financial instruments and new technologies on financial stability.

To learn more about Professor Wellman’s background and research areas, please click here.
Nomination Announcements

Federal Advisory Committees:
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 eight 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
  • 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
For Public Colleges, Funding Cuts Hit Hard**
Patricia Dehmer, guiding force behind Department of Energy science, to retire
STEM Education Is Vital--but Not at the Expense of the Humanities
Top Dem: Cures bill funding cut to $4B
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