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Week of May 6th - May 10th
White House Announces National Science and Technology Council Joint Committee on Improving Research Environments

This week, the White House announced a new joint committee within the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). The NSTC Joint Committee on Improving Research Environments will be led by the NSTC Committee on Science and the Committee on Science and Technology and will focus on examining the key issues facing the U.S. research enterprise, including:
  • Administrative burdens on federally-funded research,
  • Rigor and integrity in research,
  • Safe, inclusive, and equitable research settings,
  • Protecting American research assets. 
The Joint Committee will be co-chaired by the following leaders:
  • Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier White House Office of Science and Technology Policy,
  • Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Director,
  • Dr. France Córdova, National Science Foundation Director,
  • Dr. Walt Copan, National Institute of Standards and Technology Director,
  • Paul Dabbar, Undersecretary for Science at the Department of Energy.
For more information, please see the announcement materials here.

Appropriations Update

The House Appropriations Committee approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies spending bill for FY 2020, moving the bill to the House floor for full consideration.

Highlights of the bill include:
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): $41.1 billion, an increase of $2 billion above the FY 2019 enacted level. Specific programs receiving funding include:
    • $25 million to be directed to funding research into firearm injury and mortality prevention
    • $500 million for the NIH's precision medicine research initiative, All of Us, an increase of $124 million above the FY 2019 level
    • $2.4 billion for Alzheimer's disease research, an increase of approximately $600 million above the FY 2019 level
    • $411 million for the Brain Research through Application of Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a decrease of $18.4 million from the FY 2019 level
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): $8.3 billion- $921 million above the FY 2019 enacted level. Specific programs receiving funding include:
    • $25 million to be directed to funding research into firearm injury and mortality prevention
    • $346 million for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, an increase of $10 million above the FY 2019 enacted level
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): $358 million, an increase of $20 million above the FY 2019 enacted level
  • Student Financial Aid: The maximum Pell Grant award was increased to $6,345, which is $150 above the FY 2019 enacted level. For more information about other student aid programs, please see this article here
A summary of the bill is available here and the full committee report is available here.

ARPA-E Offering $20 Million in Funding for Artificial Intelligence Projects

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) recently announced a new program that is soliciting funding requests for projects related to artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

The goal of the Design Intelligence for Formidable Energy Reduction Engendering Numerous Totally Impactful Advanced Technology Enhancements (DIFFERENTIATE) program is "to enhance energy innovation by incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning into energy technology development."

Applications are due on Monday May 20th, 2019. For more information, please visit the program site here and apply here.


National Science Board Accepting Nominations for 2020-2026 Class

The National Science Board (NSB) is currently accepting nominations for the NSB Class of 2020-2026. Recommendations are encouraged from individuals at leading scientific, engineering, and educational organizations.

Applications are due by May 31st, 2019. For more information, please see the press release here and the application site here.


Legislative Activities

The House and Senate will be in session next week, May 13th-17th.

Committee Hearings

Tuesday, May 14th

Senate Judiciary Committee
Full Committee Hearing: 5G: National Security Concerns, Intellectual Property Issues, and the Impact on Competition and Innovation
10:00 a.m., 226 Dirksen

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Mineral Security and Related Legislation
10:00 a.m., 366 Dirksen

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee
Subcommittee on Aviation and Space Hearing: The Emerging Space Environment: Operational, Technical, and Policy Challenges
3:00 p.m., 562 Dirksen

Wednesday, May 15th

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Advancing the Next Generation of Solar and Wind Energy Technologies
10:00 a.m., 2318 Rayburn

House Ways and Means Committee
Full Committee Hearing: The Economic and Health Consequences of Climate Change
10:00 a.m., 1100 Longworth

House Energy and Commerce Committee
Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Hearing: Legislative Proposals to Protect Americans at Risk of PFAS Contamination & Exposure
10:30 a.m., 2322 Rayburn

Senate Rules and Administration Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Oversight of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission
2:30 p.m., 301 Russell

Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Reauthorization of the SBA’s Innovation Programs
2:30 p.m., 428A Russell

Thursday, May 16th

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Examine CCUS and to Receive Testimony on Legislation (Enhancing Fossil Fuel Energy Carbon Technology Act of 2019)
10:00 a.m., 366 Dirksen

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Event Horizon Telescope: The Black Hole Seen Around the World
10:00 a.m., 2318 Rayburn

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee
Full Committee Hearing: The Future of Forecasting: Building a Stronger U.S. Weather Enterprise
2:00 p.m., 2318 Rayburn

Department of Energy Announces Funding Opportunity for Graduate Student Training Program in Particle Accelerator Science and Technology

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced a funding opportunity for institutions of higher education that develop graduate student training programs in the science and technology of particle accelerators. The goal of the program is "to help build the highly technical workforce needed to sustain U.S. capabilities in this area."

Applications are sought from U.S. colleges and universities and include the development of a program curriculum that is both innovative and includes a rigorous thesis or dissertation component. There is also an expectation of forming a partnership with one or more DOE National Laboratory. 

Applications are due on Friday May 31st, 2019. For more information, please see the announcement here and the application here.


Women's Congressional Policy Institute Seeking Fellow Applications 

The Women’s Congressional Policy Institute is accepting applications for the Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy. 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 on Monday June 3rd, 2019. For more information, please see the program site here.


Funding Available: National Service Engagement Faculty Travel Support

The Office of the President now funds awards to support faculty travel for public engagement activities. 

According to the Office of the President, this funding is intended for any faculty member who has been specifically invited to attend and offer contributions because of their expertise at the national level and where travel funding is not otherwise provided. Such activities might include expert testimony to Congress, national leadership service, or involvement in national advisory positions. This initiative aligns with the president's emphasis on the importance of public engagement by members of the entire U-M community.
 
For more information on the travel awards or to apply, please visit the National Service Engagement Faculty Travel Support page.


Fellowship Resources for Faculty and Students

The Office of Federal Relations for Research maintains a listing of available S&T policy fellowships for members of the Michigan community at all levels, including undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty.
 
For more information about these opportunities and to see the listings, please visit the Federal Relations for Research website here.

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 Andrew know.

Professor Richard Rood


 
This month, we are featuring Richard Rood, Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, as well as a Professor in the School of the Environment and Sustainability and a Dow Sustainability Distinguished Faculty Fellow.   
 
Professor Rood serves on the Earth Science Advisory Committee (ESAC), as part of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA. The ESAC advises NASA leadership on the advancement of scientific knowledge of the Earth system and the improvement of the scientific basis for policy decisions. The ESAC’s recommendations and analysis can be used to inform decisions on the programmatic scope and priorities, as well as the implementation of earth science programs. The ESAC participates in annual reviews of the entire NASA earth science program. Professor Rood’s expertise is on modeling, and especially, modeling in the weather and climate parts of the program.
 
Through his work on the ESAC, Professor Rood has contributed to the annual reviews and evaluation of NASA’s Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) goals.  The committee’s reports are public and archived here.
 
Professor Rood is also active in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) emerging Unified Forecast System (UFS). Rood serves as community co-chair of the UFS – Steering Committee. The Steering Committee’s weekly activities are documented here. Rood assumed this role in UFS Governance after serving as the co-chair of the Model Advisory Committee (UMAC).  This work receives regular attention in the press, where improvement of the nation’s weather forecasting capability is the subject of scrutiny, for example this article from last summer.
 
To learn more about Professor Rood’s background and research areas, please click here.
Nomination Announcements
 
Federal Advisory Committees:
 
CDC Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking nominations for the Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee (MSHRAC) within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The MSHRAC advises leaders of the Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, and NIOSH on mine health research and mine safety. Nominations are sought from those with expertise in fields related to mining safety and health, including mining engineering, industrial hygiene, occupational safety and health engineering, chemistry, epidemiology, statistics, psychology, and more. 
 
Nominations are due May 10th, 2019. Further information is available here.
 
AHRQ U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) within the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking nominations for membership on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The USPSTF makes evidence-based recommendations about the effectiveness of clinical preventive services and health promotion. Nominees should have expertise in research evaluation, clinical health care, and health policy. Knowledge of the health equity and health disparities, as well as behavioral medicine is also a benefit for applicants. 
 
Nominations are due May 15th, 2019. Further information is available here.
 
Human Studies Review Board Advisory Committee
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking nominations for the Human Studies Review Board Advisory Committee (HSRB). The HSRB advises the EPA on issues related to the scientific and ethical aspects of human subjects research. Nominations are sought from candidates with expertise in toxicology, bioethics, and statistics.
 
Nominations are due May 16th, 2019. Further information is available here.
 
Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is seeking nominations for membership on the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC). The ETAAC provides input on the IRS organizational strategy for the electronic tax administration. Expertise in cybersecurity and information security, tax software development, tax preparation, payroll and tax financial product processing, systems management and improvement, implementation of customer service initiatives, public administration, and consumer advocacy is particularly sought. 
 
Nominations are due May 29th, 2019. Further information is available here.
 
CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Board of Scientific Counselors
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking nominations for membership on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (BSC, NCIPC). The BSC advises on the implementation, dissemination, and evaluation of promising evidence-based strategies for the prevention of injury and violence. Expertise in surveillance, basic epidemiological research, and intervention research is particularly sought.
 
Nominations are due May 31st, 2019. Further information is available here.
 
Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health
The Department of Labor is seeking nominations for membership on the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health. The Board was formed to support Part E of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) and, according to the notice, advises the Secretary of Labor on issues related to "Site Exposure Matrices (SEM); medical guidance for claims examiners for claims with the EEOICPA program, with respect to the weighing of the medical evidence of claimants; evidentiary requirements for claims under Part B of EEOICPA related to lung disease; and the work of industrial hygienists and staff physicians and consulting physicians of the Department of Labor and reports of such hygienists and physicians to ensure quality, objectivity, and consistency." A member of the medical and/or scientific community is sought for the current vacancy.
 
Nominations are due June 5th, 2019. Further information is available here.
 
National Biodefense Science Board
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking nominations for the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The NBSB advises the HHS Secretary on current and future trends, challenges, and opportunities presented by advances in biological and life sciences, biotechnology, and genetic engineering with respect to threats posed by naturally occurring infectious diseases and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents. Nominations are sought from "the nation's preeminent scientific, public health, and medical experts."
 
Nominations are due June 15th, 2019. Further information is available here.
 
CDC Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking nominations for membership on the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women (ACBCYW). The ACBCYW advises the CDC on issues related to cancer prevention and treatment, including promoting awareness in younger women. Nominations are sought from members of the public with expertise in the fields of "breast health, breast cancer, disease prevention and risk reduction, survivorship (including metastatic breast cancer), hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC), or in related disciplines with a specific focus on young women."
 
Nominations are due July 8th, 2019. Further information is available here.
 
CDC Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking nominations for membership on the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). The HICPAC is made up of experts in fields related to infectious diseases and healthcare and advise the CDC and Department of Health and Human Services on the best practices for infection control and strategies for surveillance, prevention, and control of healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial resistance and related events in the US. Nominations are especially sought from those with expertise in "the fields of infectious diseases, infection prevention, healthcare epidemiology, nursing, environmental and clinical microbiology, surgery, internal medicine, and public health."
 
Nominations are due August 2nd, 2019. Further information is available here.
 
HRSA Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates for appointment as members of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD). The ACTPCMD provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (Secretary), the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on matters concerning policy, program development, and other matters of significance concerning the medicine and dentistry activities.
 
Nominations will be accepted on a continuous basis. Further information is available here.
 
HRSA Council on Graduate Medical Education
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates for appointment as members of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME). COGME provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS; the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on matters concerning the supply and distribution of physicians in the United States, physician workforce trends, training issues, financing policies, and other matters of significance related to physician workforce and graduate medical education.
 
Nominations will be accepted on a continuous basis. Further information is available here.
 
HRSA National Advisory Council on Migrant Health
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requesting nominations to fill vacancies on the National Council on Migrant Health (NACMH). The NACMH consults with and makes recommendations to the HHS Secretary and the HRSA Administrator concerning the organization, operation, selection, and funding of migrant health centers.
 
The agency will receive nominations on a continuous basis. 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 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

Shake-up at NIH: Term limits for important positions would open new opportunities for women, minorities

The science divide: Why do Latino and black students leave STEM majors at higher rates?
 

White House to Convene Committee to Address Research Obstacles

Microbes called extremophiles might combat superbugs, biowarfare agents

Chinese bioethicists call for ‘reboot’ of biomedical regulation after country’s gene-edited baby scandal

NIH says its 1-million-person health study is off to good start
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