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D.C. Research Weekly Report


New Format for DC Research Report

The Congress is back in now back in session! And, with this, comes a new look to the Washington, DC Office of Research newsletter. You will still find the same information that we strive to provide every week the Congress is in session: updates related to the university's federal research enterprise, upcoming Congressional hearings that might of be of interest to our readers, and media content covering federal research issues. 
 
As always, please reach out to Tom O'Mealia, tomealia@umich.edu or Kristina Ko, kdko@umich.edu - we welcome your feedback and hope you enjoy the content.

Congress Returned to Session

After spending two weeks in their districts and states, the Congress returned to session on Monday. They will remain in session until May 1.


House Science Committee Introduces America COMPETES Act
The House Science Committee rolled out the COMPETES Act, the reauthorization bill that covers NSF, NIST, research at DoE, and federal science education policy. The committee plans to begin markup on Wednesday of next week. For a preliminary breakdown of what is in the bill, Science Insider has a quick look here. The full bill can be found here.

If you would like more information on the bill's impact on a specific program, please contact Tom O'Mealia. 
Upcoming Hearings

Monday, Apr. 20, 2015
2020 Census: Challenges Facing the Bureau for a Modern, Cost-Effective Survey.
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Hearings to examine the 2020 Census, focusing on challenges facing the bureau for a modern, cost-effective survey. 3:00 PM

Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2015
Advancing Telehealth Through Connectivity
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation
The hearing will examine the progress made by the private sector and government entities to expand the benefits of telehealth nationwide, particularly in rural areas. The meeting will also explore the connectivity challenges facing many health-care providers and patients attempting to take advantage of innovative telehealth applications. 10:00 AM

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Appropriations Hearing: Department of Defense
Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Department of Defense
Hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2016 for defense innovation and research
Nomination Announcements

Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award
The Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award is bestowed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy to mid-career scientists and engineers in recognition of exceptional scientific, technical, and/or engineering achievements related to the broad missions of the U.S. Department of Energy and its programs. The Lawrence Award is administered by the Department of Energy's Office of Science. The Award consists of a citation signed by the Secretary of Energy, a gold-plated medal, and a $20,000 honorarium. An award is given in each of the following eight categories: Atomic, Molecular, and Chemical Sciences, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Computer, Information, and Knowledge Sciences, Condensed Matter and Materials Sciences, Energy Science and Innovation, Fusion and Plasma Sciences, High Energy Physics, National Security and Nonproliferation, and Nuclear Physics.
 
Enrico Fermi Award
The Enrico Fermi Award is one of the longest running and most prestigious science and technology awards given by the US Government. The award recognizes outstanding contributions and achievements that are particularly distinguished and demonstrate scientific, technical, management or policy leadership that are related to all basic and applied research, science, and technology supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and its programs. The Award consists of a citation signed by the President of the United States and the Secretary of Energy, a gold-plated medal, and a $50,000 honorarium.

National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Nominations are currently being accepted for the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The National Medal of Science is awarded by the President to individuals deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding cumulative contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or behavioral or social sciences, in service to the nation. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation is awarded to individuals, teams, companies, or divisions of companies for contributions to America's economic, environmental, and social well-being.
Nominations for the National Medal of Science are due on April 27, 2015. More information on the nomination process is available here. Nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation must be received by June 1, 2015. More information is available here.

Research Articles
Whitescarver steps down as director of NIH's Office of AIDS Research
Eric Cantor wants the GOP to fund science research. He doesn't think they'd have to offset it.
Women best men in STEM study
A Higher Ed Guide to the 4 Presidental Contenders
Lawmakers want to know: Do U.S. Women face bias in winning federal research grants?
Research advocates watch, warily, as Congress tries to finish its budget outline
U.S. universities and electronics companies spar over 'patent troll' bill
U.S. takes possible first step toward regulating nanochemicals
Consortium of Social Science Associations Analysis of the COMPETES Act
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