Washington Update
Week of March 27 - 31
Senators Peters (D-MI) & Gardner (R-CO) Receive Award for Championing Social Science
Sen. Peters Speaks while Kristina Ko (U-M D.C. Office), Sen. Gardner, & Myron Gutmann (U. Colorado) Listen in the Background
This week, the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) awarded Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) with the 2017 Distinguished Service Award for their work on the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, which was signed into law earlier this year. This legislation is the primary bill for setting policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, as well as setting some broader R&D and STEM education policy. The bipartisan legislation was widely praised by the scientific and higher education community.

Kristina Ko of the U-M Office of Research in the Washington, D.C. office introduced and presented Senator Peters with the award. She noted the Senator's responsiveness to the needs of research universities, like U-M, and some of the important social science research currently being conducted at U-M. Senator Peters remarked on the bipartisan nature of his relationship with Sen. Gardner and how they will continue to fight for "not just steady and sustained funding, but also for increases of 4% for the federal science agencies within his jurisdiction".

Washington Wrap-up

Last Friday, the Trump Administration sent Congress a proposal which called for nearly $18 billion in cuts from domestic programs for the remainder of FY17 (through September 30, 2017) to provide additional funding for defense and border security. The proposal includes:
  • $1.2 billion reduction from the NIH
  • $350 million reduction from the National Science Foundation
  • $50 million reduction from the Science Mission Directorate at NASA
  • $150 million reduction from ARPA-E at the Department of Energy (DOE).
  • $37 million reduction from the Office of Science at DOE.
The Administration's proposal received similar resistance as the FY2018 Skinny Budget released earlier this month. Republican leaders and appropriators expressed concern it is too late to make such cuts for FY2017, which must be resolved before current funding expires on April 28. It remains to be seen how the FY2017 appropriations process will unfold. However, there is widespread speculation FY2017 will end with another Continuing Resolution.

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.

National Medal of Science -- Accepting Applications

The National Medal of Science is the Nation's highest honor for scientists and engineers and is presented annually by the President of the United States. It was established by the 86th Congress in 1959 as a Presidential Award to be given to individuals "deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences."
Nominations are due April 7. Further information is available here.

National Medal of Technology and Innovation -- Accepting Applications

The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is accepting nominations for the 2017 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal, presented each year by the President, is the country's highest award for technological achievement. The medal can be awarded to individuals, teams (up to four individuals), companies or divisions of companies to recognize their outstanding contributions to the U.S. economic, environmental, and social well-being.
Nominations are due on April 7, 2017. Further information is available here.

Legislative Activities

Next week, both the House and Senate will be in session (April 3 - 6) before recessing for two weeks.
Committee Activities
Tuesday, April 4

House Energy and Commerce Committee
Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Hearing: Cybersecurity in the Health Care Sector: Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships
10:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn

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.

Dr. Jennifer Read
This week, we are featuring Dr. Jennifer Read, Director of the U-M Water Center.
Dr. Read was recently appointed to serve on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board, Environmental Information Services Working Group (EISWG). According to NOAA, the EISWG is a standing working group that advises the SAB on the condition and capabilities of improving communications among the various public, private, and academic entities engaged in environmental information matters and submits formal reports that identify current issues, deficiencies, recommendations for remedial action, and proposed initiatives. The EISWG is composed of 15-18 members who are by reason of knowledge, experience or training, are especially qualified to represent users of NOAA environmental information services.
To learn more about Dr. Read’s background, please click here.

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
Playing no Trump at AAAS policy forum
At Moment of Danger, NIH’s Director Is Seen as Its Chief Protector
Editorial: The Trump Administration’s War on Science
Trump budget cuts could hit research universities hard, Moody’s warns
NIH enables investigators to include draft preprints in grant proposals
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