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The Week of December 12, 2022

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Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)

Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Jack Reed (D-RI) speaking with reporters about the National Defense Authorization Act in November 2022. (Image credit – Office of Sen. Reed)

NDAA Heads to Senate With Extra Science Provisions in Tow

The House approved this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Dec. 8 on a vote of 350 to 80, and the Senate is expected to pass it soon, with similarly little difficulty. One of the R&D provisions in the finalized version of the bill establishes a 10-year pilot program in the Department of Defense aimed at increasing research capacity at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other minority-serving institutions. Outside DOD, this year’s NDAA also incorporates legislation updating policy for U.S. intelligence agencies that includes provisions aimed at accelerating their adoption of emerging technologies they designate as priorities. In addition, attached provisions covering the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration include one aimed at spurring innovation in ocean technologies and another requiring the agency to make the computer code for selected environmental systems models publicly available. Another set of provisions outlines steps NOAA should take to help protect marine mammals from human threats, including underwater noise. The NDAA does not include bipartisan provisions to expand safeguards against the exploitation of U.S.-funded research by rival governments. Those provisions were opposed by Asian American advocacy groups, who argued they would have threatened the civil liberties of scientists of Chinese descent, a group already caught up in efforts to crack down on undisclosed connections to Chinese institutions.

FY23 Budget Deal Elusive as Funding Deadline Nears

With the stopgap measure funding the federal government set to expire on Friday, negotiators are intensifying their efforts to finalize spending levels for fiscal year 2023. Democratic appropriators reported making some progress over the weekend and are holding off on releasing a draft spending bill that is aimed at increasing the pressure on Republicans. While top appropriators from the parties have agreed to increase defense spending by about 10%, Republicans say they want Democrats to cut about $25 billion from their non-defense priorities. House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) said last week that if a deal cannot be reached, Congress may resort to extending the current stopgap through the end of the fiscal year. Such an outcome is considered extreme as it would block all funding increases on the table and prevent agencies from starting new programs unless they secure special permission from Congress. If lawmakers are still negotiating at the end of the week, they can pass a short-term stopgap to give themselves additional time.

National Ignition Facility Expected to Announce Fusion Breakthrough

The Department of Energy is holding a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to announce a “major scientific breakthrough” at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Speakers include Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, President Biden’s science adviser Arati Prabhakar, National Nuclear Security Administration head Jill Hruby, and Laboratory Director Kim Budil. Over the weekend, reporters confirmed that the National Ignition Facility at the lab performed a laser fusion experiment that produced more energy than it consumed, apparently satisfying the criteria for the fusion ignition, though a spokesperson cautioned that “the exact yield is still being determined.” For years, there has been considerable doubt as to whether the facility would ever achieve its namesake goal. In August 2021, it reopened the question when it shattered its previous record for energy output, but was unable to achieve a similar result in subsequent attempts . Achieving ignition does not imply that generating energy from fusion is within reach, though, as the practical difficulties of doing so using laser pulses are formidable. Discussing the facility’s achievement last year, former NIF director Mark Herrmann estimated that developing a system capable of putting energy on the electric grid would be “definitely a multi-decadal task.”

Committees to Discuss Manufacturing, Regional Innovation Programs

Two hearings this week will address current and prospective Commerce Department initiatives to support domestic manufacturing and regional innovation. The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee is meeting Tuesday to explore the support that small and medium-sized businesses receive through the department’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Manufacturing USA network of institutes. The recently enacted CHIPS and Science Act recommends Congress sharply increase funding for MEP and Manufacturing USA. It also authorizes the department’s Economic Development Administration to establish a new program dedicated to seeding “regional technology hubs” across the U.S. That program, which still requires funding, will be the focus of a House Science Committee hearing on Wednesday, at which EDA head Alejandra Castillo will testify alongside witnesses from Michigan, Iowa, and Florida discussing the prospects for economic development interests in their regions.

Academies Kicking Off Study on Scientific Misinformation

The National Academies is hosting a kickoff meeting on Wednesday and Thursday for a study that will assess the causes and extent of misinformation about science. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the study is motivated by growing concern about the subject and will recommend potential interventions to stem the spread of science misinformation and limit its harms. Kasisomayajula Viswanath, an expert in translational science communication inequalities and related health disparities at Harvard University, will chair the study. At this week’s meeting, the study committee will hear from academic researchers who study misinformation as well as speakers from NSF, the Pew Research Center, and the World Health Organization.

Water-Charting Satellite Ready for Launch

NASA’s Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission is scheduled to launch on Thursday from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. SWOT is a satellite that will enable high-resolution monitoring of both oceans and freshwater lakes and rivers with the goal of better tracking the movement of water across the Earth’s surface. SWOT data are expected to improve predictions of water levels, ocean currents, and droughts as well as long-term changes in sea level. The satellite was developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in cooperation with France’s national space agency and has an expected lifecycle cost of $822 million. That is about 9% higher than the mission’s originally approved baseline estimate, with the increase attributed primarily to pandemic-related disruptions that also pushed the mission’s launch date back eight months.

In Case You Missed It

A researcher fabricates a component of a quantum photonic circuit at Oak Ridge National Lab’s Center of Nanophase Materials Sciences

A researcher fabricates a component of a quantum photonic circuit at Oak Ridge National Lab’s Center of Nanophase Materials Sciences, one of the five Nanoscale Science Research Centers supported by the Department of Energy’s Basic Energy Sciences program. (Image credit – Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Panel to Dive Into DOE Basic Energy Sciences Strategy

The Department of Energy has asked its Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee to conduct two studies following up on a report that found the U.S. is falling behind other countries in research and facilities supported by the department’s Basic Energy Science (BES) program. The first charge asks the committee to propose strategies for prioritizing research in view of issues such as inflation, supply-chain difficulties, and competition for labor that are driving up costs. The charge also seeks advice on the program’s role in supporting technological innovation and commercialization, how to account for international competition, and the appropriate balance between grants for single investigators and larger-scale research hubs. The second charge directs BESAC to evaluate the five Nanoscale Science Research Centers it supports, covering questions such as how they complement one another and other DOE-funded facilities and how they could evolve to better address national priorities and the needs of the scientific community. The committee is asked to deliver both reports in summer 2024.

High Energy Physics Planning Processes Coming Into Focus

The Department of Energy and National Science Foundation’s High Energy Physics Advisory Panel heard updates last week from the various studies that are currently underway to set a future course for the field. These include the report from this past summer’s “Snowmass” community meeting, which is nearing completion, as well as a “benchmarking” study HEPAP is conducting to consider the international context of U.S. high energy physics. Both those efforts will feed into the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5), which is ramping up now and is expected to propose a 10-year budget-constrained agenda to DOE and NSF next fall. P5 Chair Hitoshi Murayama presented a roster of his panel’s members at last week’s meeting and a notional schedule for their work. HEPAP also heard from Maria Spiropulu, who is a co-chair of the National Academies study, “Elementary Particle Physics: Progress and Promise,” which is expected to be finished about nine months after the P5 report. She explained that her study committee’s charge differs from the P5’s in that it is focused on “fundamental questions” and “new tools” in the field and will not prioritize projects or consider budget scenarios. The committee is holding its fourth meeting on Tuesday this week, featuring sessions on the “feasibility of a national future collider accelerator R&D program in a global context” and the “technical and timeline feasibility of a muon collider.”

US Global Change Research Program Inks Decadal Strategy

The interagency U.S. Global Change Research Program released a strategic plan last week that outlines priorities for the coming decade, organized under four “pillars”: advancing science, engaging the nation, informing decisions, and collaborating internationally. USGCRP leaders wrote in an accompanying blog post that the strategy includes an “increased emphasis on social science and Indigenous knowledge,” noting the White House also recently released cross-government guidance on how to take account of Indigenous knowledge. They continued, “The new plan envisions advances in our knowledge of the interactions between climate change and other complex changes like nature loss. The plan anticipates research investments in other societally relevant scientific unknowns, such as the potential for abrupt, widespread, and sometimes irreversible, changes — otherwise known as tipping points.” The new strategy arrives as USGCRP is wrapping up the Fifth National Climate Assessment and is planning for a parallel National Nature Assessment , which will aim to better estimate the economic value of U.S. land, water, and wildlife.

Work on Asteroid-Hunting Telescope Poised to Ramp Up

NASA announced last week that its Near-Earth Object Surveyor mission, a space-based infrared telescope, has passed a management milestone known as Key Decision Point C, moving it into its final design and early fabrication phase. The goal of NEO Surveyor is to increase the speed of discovery of asteroids and comets that could potentially present a hazard to Earth. NASA fast-tracked the mission around its usual competitive selection process in 2019 because it was at a disadvantage against projects that have scientific research goals. At that time, it was anticipated NEO Surveyor would have a development cost of between $500 million and $600 million, but NASA has now assigned it a $1.2 billion development cost baseline. Currently, there is some uncertainty surrounding the mission’s target launch date. To alleviate funding pressure within its planetary science portfolio, the agency has proposed reeling in the mission’s annual budget this year and pushing its launch back from 2026 to 2028 at the earliest. However, congressional appropriators have proposed to provide more than double the amount requested by NASA to help the mission stay closer to its original timeline. Another factor that could affect NEO Surveyor’s progress is overstretched staff at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the center that is building the telescope. That issue has already led NASA to push back the target launch date of a Venus orbiter JPL is building from 2027 to no earlier than 2031.

NASA Names Directors for Armstrong and Goddard Research Centers

NASA announced last week that Bradley Flick has been named director of the Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. Flick was appointed as Armstrong’s deputy director in February and has served as acting director since July. Prior to that, he led the center’s Research and Engineering Directorate for 12 years. He first joined NASA as a flight systems engineer in 1986. NASA also announced that Dave Mitchell will serve as acting director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland beginning Jan. 1, when the center’s current director Dennis Andrucyk steps down. Mitchell first joined NASA in 1987 and has held various senior positions at Goddard, including leading the Flight Projects Directorate from 2015 to 2021. He has been NASA’s chief program management officer since January.

NSF and Antarctic Contractor Vow Reform at Harassment Hearing

At a House Science Committee hearing last week, leaders from the National Science Foundation and Leidos, a federal contractor, discussed actions they are taking to address sexual harassment and assault at U.S. Antarctic research facilities. Leidos operates the facilities on behalf of the NSF-led U.S. Antarctic Program, and a recent independent report implicated the company for failing to discipline perpetrators and retaliating against workers who filed complaints. The report noted that the complicated structure of the program, which includes multiple federal agencies and subcontractors, has hindered enforcement of anti-harassment policies. NSF Chief Operating Officer Karen Marrongelle testified that the agency has modified its contract with Leidos with the aim of improving personnel vetting, response times to allegations, and subcontractor management, and added that there may be additional changes when the contract expires in 2025. Kathleen Naeher, COO of the Civil Group at Leidos, said the company has formed a consortium to identify best practices and ensure its subcontractors are implementing policies consistently. The hearing was the last to be chaired by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), who has led the committee’s Democrats since 2010 and is retiring at the end of the term. Johnson has long been an advocate for diversity and equity in STEM and was the lead sponsor of the Combatting Sexual Harassment in STEM Act , which became law as part of the CHIPS and Science Act .

Artemis I Splashes Down on 50th Anniversary of Apollo 17 Landing

The Orion crew module from NASA’s Artemis I mission splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 11, bringing its 25-day uncrewed flight to a successful conclusion. The accomplishment earned widespread praise from NASA officials, the White House, and members of Congress, who cited it as a crucial step in returning astronauts to the Moon. By coincidence, the splashdown took place exactly 50 years after Apollo 17, the last crewed mission to the Moon, arrived on the lunar surface. The National Academies is commemorating that landing at an event on Wednesday featuring Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt, who was the only scientist to walk on the Moon and later served as a senator for New Mexico.

Events This Week

All times are Eastern Standard Time, unless otherwise noted. Listings do not imply endorsement.

Monday, December 12

AGU: Fall meeting
(continues through Friday)

National Academies: “Risk Analysis Methods for Nuclear War and Nuclear Terrorism,” meeting five
(continues through Wednesday)

NOAA: Listening sessions on a potential NOAA Carbon Dioxide Removal Science Strategy
(continues Wednesday)

White House: “Summit on STEMM Equity and Excellence”
10:00 am

NSF: Business and Operations Advisory Committee meeting
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

National Academies: “Foundational Research Gaps and Future Directions for Digital Twin,” information gathering session one
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Secure World Foundation: “The Artemis Accords: Past, Present, and Future”
12:00 - 2:00 pm

White House: “New Science, Persistent Problems: What The World Needs Now From Universities”
1:30 - 3:00 pm

Wilson Center: “The Outlook for Strategic Competition in the Semiconductor Industry”
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Tuesday, December 13

UN: World Space Forum 2022
(continues through Thursday)

DOD: DARPA Forward conference at UC San Diego
(continues Wednesday)

Atlantic Council: “Next Steps for the US-EU Trade and Technology Council: A Conversation with Under Secretary of State Jose Fernandez”
8:00 am

The Atlantic: Progress Summit
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

BIS: Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee meeting
9:00 am

DOE: Press conference on a “major scientific breakthrough” accomplished by Lawrence Livermore National Lab
10:00 am

National Academies: “Elementary Particle Physics: Progress and Promise,” meeting four
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Senate: Hearing to examine the Department of the Interior’s implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
10:00 am, Energy and Natural Resources Committee

CSPC: “National Security Space Program: Space Issues for the Next Congress”
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Senate: “Promoting and Investing in Small American Manufacturers”
2:00 pm, Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee

NASA: Surface Water and Ocean Topography Mission Science Briefing
3:00 pm

Wednesday, December 14

National Academies: Meeting of the Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education
(continues Thursday)

House: “Promoting Sustainable Environmental Practices Through Trade Policy”
9:30 am, Ways and Means Committee

House: “Building Regional Innovation Economies, Part II”
10:00 am, Science Committee

Wilson Center: “Building a More Resilient Semiconductor Supply Chain Through U.S.-ROK Cooperation”
10:00 - 11:00 am

National Academies: “Leveraging the Future R&D Ecosystem for the Intelligence Community,” report release
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

National Academies: “Understanding and Addressing Misinformation about Science,” kickoff meeting
1:00 - 4:45 pm

NASA: Surface Water and Ocean Topography Mission pre-launch news conference
1:00 pm

CSIS: “Emerging Security Issues in Space Policy”
1:30 - 4:30 pm

House: “Preparing for and Preventing the Next Public Health Emergency: Lessons Learned from the Coronavirus Crisis”
2:00 pm, Oversight and Reform Committee

Brookings Institution: “Fixing the Climate: Strategies for an Uncertain World”
4:00 - 5:00 pm

National Academies: Apollo 17 50th anniversary celebration
6:30 - 7:30 pm

Thursday, December 15

National Academies: “Workshop on Leveraging Trust to Advance Science, Engineering, and Medicine in the Black Community”
(continues Friday)

NSF: Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Advisory Committee meeting
(continues Friday)

National Academies: “Assessing and Improving Strategies for Preventing, Countering, and Responding to WMD Terrorism: Nuclear Threats,” meeting five
8:45 am - 5:15 pm

NASA: Technology, Innovation, and Engineering Advisory Committee meeting
8:30 am - 4:45 pm CST

White House: Listening session on approaches to authorization and supervision for commercial novel space activities
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Friday, December 16

DOE: National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee meeting
9:00 - 11:00 am

NSF: Computer and Information Science and Engineering Advisory Committee meeting
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Philosophical Society of Washington: “Back to the Moon to Stay: Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium”
8:00 pm

Monday, December 19

NSF: Engines Builder Platform informational webinar
3:00 - 4:00 pm

Opportunities

National Academies Offering Grants for Ukrainian Researchers

The National Academies is seeking applications for its Scientists and Engineers in Exile or Displaced program, which will award research grants to teams of Ukrainian scientists hosted by the Polish Academy of Sciences. Teams will receive up to $200,000 per year for up to three years, which can be used to pay for salaries, housing in Poland, and research expenses. Applications are due Jan. 16.

NASA Hiring Director for ‘Earth Action’

NASA’s Earth Science Division is hiring an associate director for Earth Action, who will focus on developing strategies to help meet “rapidly increasing demands for the knowledge, data, projections, and assessment tools to help agencies, individuals, and communities adapt to and mitigate climate change.” Overseeing a budget of $100 million and a staff of 25 employees, the associate director will lead initiatives across the division and coordinate with external stakeholders across all levels of government as well as the private and philanthropic sectors. Applications are due Jan. 3.

Carnegie Science Hiring Federal Relations Adviser

The Carnegie Institution for Science is hiring a federal relations adviser who will work to build relations with federal agencies in support of the institution’s research agenda. Applicants should have a bachelor’s or higher degree in science, public relations, business, or a related field and preferably five to seven years of experience related to research grants from federal agencies.

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Around the Web

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White House

White House: Remarks by President Biden at the TSMC semiconductor plant in Arizona

New York Times: John Kerry plans to meet with Biden to discuss his future as climate envoy

Aspen Institute: OSTP Director Arati Prabhakar on US competitiveness and national security (video)

(perspective by Kei Koizumi, et al.)

White House: US-EU joint statement of the Trade and Technology Council

White House: President Biden announces appointments to the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee

White House: Readout: National Quantum Initiative centers summit

PCAST: Biomanufacturing to advance the bioeconomy (report)

Congress

AAU: Former NSF leaders send letters urging CHIPS-level funding for NSF

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA): Oversight priorities for the 118th Congress

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI): Gallagher selected as chair of planned House Select Committee on China

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS): New technologies made in Mississippi can beat China

House Science Committee: Bipartisan airborne wind energy R&D bill introduced

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY): Bipartisan bill introduced to strengthen clean hydrogen development

Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL): Reps. Foster and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduce legislation to research safer materials processing technologies, bolster domestic battery supply chain

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND): Bipartisan legislation introduced to develop new technology to identify and plug orphaned wells

Science, Society, and the Economy

New York Times: ‘Innovation Hubs’ aim to lift distressed areas. Congress just has to fund them

NSF: New $20 million program promotes capacity building to broaden participation in regional innovation ecosystems

The Atlantic: Why the age of American progress ended (perspective by Derek Thompson)

American Prospect: Building steam in lithium valley

AIP: Physics is culture: Clifford Johnson selected for AIP’s 2022 Andrew Gemant Award

Education and Workforce

NSF: Survey of earned doctorates

Nature: How many LGBTQ+ researchers are there in the United States? The NSF should find out (perspective by Jon Freeman)

Nature Human Behavior: US universities are not succeeding in diversifying faculty (perspective by J. Nathan Matias, et al.)

APS News: Study reports the impact of COVID-19 on recent physics grads

New York Times: Computer science students face a shrinking big tech job market

National Academies: Infusing advanced manufacturing into undergraduate engineering education (report)

Department of Education: Education Department launches initiative to enhance STEM education for all students

DOE: Biden-Harris administration announces new clean energy workforce training programs

Economic Innovation Group: New era of place-based industrial policy needs new pathways for high-skilled immigration

San Diego Union Tribune: UCSD medical researcher forced to resign after investigation of collaboration with Chinese scientists

NSF: Grants issued to develop research security training for the US research community

Government Executive: OPM finalizes rule allowing agencies to appoint some STEM employees into 10-year temporary jobs

Research Management

Nature: NIH plans grant-review overhaul to reduce bias

NIH: RFI on simplifying review criteria

ScienceInsider: New online portal streamlines requests for massive data sets at 16 federal agencies

SPARC: NASA releases updated scientific information policy for Science Mission Directorate

Association of Research Libraries: Library associations share community response to White House memorandum on public access to research

Scholarly Kitchen: Some observations from the Charleston conference, open access edition (perspective by Roy Kaufman)

Works in Progress: Scientific papers are dense, jargon-filled, and painful to read. It wasn’t always this way – and it doesn’t have to be (perspective by Étienne Fortier-Dubois)

AGU: Results of member survey on whether AGU meetings should be relocated due to state policies

Works in Progress: Developing the science of science (perspective by Paul Niehaus and Heidi Williams)

Nature: How the pandemic inspired a new generation of creators

Noahpinion: The dream of bringing back Bell Labs (perspective by Noah Smith)

Issues in Science and Technology: Peaches, pimentos, and myths of innovation (audio interview with Cynthia Greenlee)

Labs and Facilities

NNSA: NNSA extends Los Alamos National Lab management contract by five years

Los Alamos National Lab: Ellen Cerreta chosen to lead physical science programs at LANL

Fermilab: First DUNE science components arrive at Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota

CERN: Preparing for the unlikely event of a blackout at CERN

Sky and Telescope: Holmdel Horn, which heard evidence of the Big Bang, is at risk

E&E News: Top lawmakers alarmed by Arctic icebreaker delay

NIST: Announcing establishment of the NIST Safety Commission

Science|Business: EU science ministers endorse plans to strengthen research infrastructures

Computing and Communications

CNN: TSMC ups its Arizona chipmaking investment to $40 billion ahead of Biden’s visit

New York Times: In Phoenix, a Taiwanese chip giant builds a hedge against China

Bureau of Industry and Security: Extension of comment period on new semiconductor export controls

Bloomberg: Netherlands plans curbs on China tech exports in deal with US

National Journal: Inside the transatlantic tensions over chips

State Department: Collaboration with University of Maryland launched to build capacity in quantum technology

Science|Business: EU and US set out plan to create rules of the road for artificial intelligence

Council of Economic Advisors: The impact of AI on the future of workforces in the EU and US (report)

Nature: Are ChatGPT and AlphaCode going to replace programmers?

SpaceNews: Mynaric, Redwire, BigBear.ai partner for DARPA’s laser communications program

Space

NASA: Contact lost with ICON heliophysics mission; troubleshooting underway but system failure possible

New York Times: Successful end of NASA Moon mission shifts attention to SpaceX

NASA: NASA’s Lunar Flashlight smallsat has launched on mission to hunt for lunar ice

New York Times: Japan’s Ispace lander launches to the Moon with a UAE rover

Nature: How nuclear waste will help spacecraft explore the Moon — and beyond

NASA: NASA’s Roman mission completes key optical components

Popular Science: A fierce competition will decide JWST’s next views of the cosmos

NASA: NASA’s retired SOFIA aircraft finds new home at Arizona museum

NOAA: Commerce Department awards contracts for space traffic coordination pilot project

SpaceNews: House committee leaders introduce bipartisan bills to update satellite rules

Space Review: Analyzing the deployment of BlueWalker 3

Weather, Climate, and Environment

House Oversight Committee: Oversight committee releases new documents showing Big Oil’s greenwashing campaign and failure to reduce emissions

E&E News: Takeaways from the Democrats’ Big Oil investigation

CRS: Ammonia’s potential role in a low-carbon economy

BAMS: Global ocean monitoring and prediction at NOAA Climate Prediction Center: 15 years of operations (paper by Zeng-Zhen Hu, et al.)

NOAA: First image released from NOAA-21 VIIRS instrument

DOD: National Wildfire Coordinating Group welcomes DOD

BAMS: Working toward a National Coordinated Soil Moisture Monitoring Network (paper by C. Bruce Baker, et al.)

CRS: Mauna Loa eruption

Bloomberg: Former Energy Secretary Moniz proposes agency to pay for carbon removal

Energy

House Science Committee: Republicans urge higher funding for inspector general at DOE

E&E News: Republicans question $200 million DOE grant to battery company

Fox News: DOE defends handing lucrative grant to energy firm with deep China ties

DOE: $2.5 billion loan issued to Ultium Cells for three domestic battery cell manufacturing facilities

The Electric: Introducing the battery triumvirate, the most powerful Washington hands you don’t know

GAO: S&T spotlight on advanced batteries

X-energy: X-energy to go public via business combination with Ares Acquisition Corporation

DOE: Notice of establishment of the HALEU Consortium

Houston Chronicle: Efforts to develop safer, cheaper nuclear reactors advance

E&E News: Barrasso calls on DOE to fire nuclear waste official charged with second felony

Defense

DOD: ‘Innovation Pathways’ website launched by DOD

Defense News: US Navy creates innovation center, advisory board to focus investments

Defense News: AUKUS still faces red tape, Australian officials say

Defense News: Two ways NATO plans to harness disruptive tech in 2023

US Air Force: An exploratory analysis of the Chinese hypersonics research landscape (report)

GAO: National security space: Overview of contracts for commercial satellite imagery (report)

Biomedical

(interview)

New York Times: A message to the next generation of scientists (perspective by Anthony Fauci)

Stat: Limits of ‘Fauci effect’: Infectious disease applicants plummet, and hospitals are scrambling

Washington Post: Scathing report urges major changes at FDA, including possibly breaking up agency

Axios: CDC director calls for more authority from Congress

Breaking the News: More questions for ProPublica on their lab leak article (perspective by James Fallows)

New York Times: Countries need to make their own vaccines. Why isn’t the US embracing this pandemic prevention strategy? (perspective by Amy Maxmen)

New York Times: Global partners may end broad COVID vaccination effort in developing countries

Issues in Science and Technology: Preparing for 21st century bioweapons (perspective by Yong-Bee Lim, et al.)

NIH: Roger Glass stepping down as director of Fogarty International Center

International Affairs

Quad Fellowship: Inaugural cohort of 100 Quad Fellows announced

State Department: New cohort of US Science Envoys announced

MIT: Introducing tool to assess whether informal collaborations with certain entities may be in violation of export control regulations

CSIS: Improved export controls enforcement technology needed for US national security (report)

National Academies: New grant program will offer long-term support to sustain Ukrainian science

National Academies: Rebuilding research, education, and innovation in Ukraine (report)

ScienceInsider: Near Chernobyl, a war-scarred town plans a nuclear research revival

ScienceInsider: Crippled by Russian attacks, Ukraine’s science hotbed refuses to give up

European Commission: EU to invest €13.5 billion in research and innovation for 2023-2024

European Commission: European Innovation Council to spend over 1.5 billion for breakthrough technologies

Science|Business: Germany is making headway in setting up national technology transfer agency

Times Higher Education: New Zealand resists call to create independent research council

Xinhua: China’s deep space exploration laboratory eyes top talents worldwide

Nature: Is China open to adopting a culture of innovation?

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