Before Congress left on its summer recess, the House of Representatives was scheduled to consider a funding bill for transportation and housing programs. The House leadership pulled the bill when it became apparent, reports indicate, that there were not enough votes to pass it. Reacting to that decision, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee issued a statement declaring “sequestration—and it’s unrealistic and ill-conceived discretionary cuts—must be brought to an end.”
Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) went on to say, “The House, Senate, and White House must come together as soon as possible on a comprehensive compromise that repeals sequestration, takes the nation off this lurching path from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis, reduces our deficits and debt, and provides a realistic topline discretionary spending level to fund the government in a responsible—and attainable—way.”
Questions about Syria have overtaken what was expected to be a very contentious September as Congress and the Administration struggled to find the “comprehensive compromise” that Chairman Rogers called for. While support for the funding of federal science and technology programs remains strong—one of the few areas that Congress agrees upon—the nation’s research community still faces months of uncertainty. This uncertainty will be experienced by a professor assembling a research team, the manager of a large instrument, and the director of a national laboratory. It raises doubts in the minds of a bright university student about what his or her major should be. It benefits our foreign competitors looking to hire the best talent or to attract the best students.
It’s time for Congress and the Administration to stop kicking the can, and to make the difficult decisions to put our government—and our nation—on a solid foundation.
Each fall, those contemplating graduate school start looking in earnest for programs that suit their needs. Many who aim to pursue careers in physical sciences and engineering turn to AIP's GradSchoolShopper.com to inform and streamline their search. In the just-released 2014 edition, prospective students will find information for programs in the United States and several abroad.
This latest edition reflects AIP's commitment to serve the global physical scientific research and education community. According to the AIP Statistical Research Center's reports on physics and astronomy department enrollment and degree data, close to half of the graduate students currently enrolled in US programs come from outside the country. As internationalization plays an increasingly important role in the ranking of universities and degree programs, many non-US graduate programs are stepping up their own efforts to recruit more international students. AIP welcomes those physical sciences and engineering departments based in China, Mexico, Canada, Hong Kong, and Taiwan that have sought GradSchoolShopper.com as a global platform to reach out to prospective students.
Inside Science intensifies its social media efforts
The Inside Science team has stepped up its social media efforts in effort to make its Facebook and Twitter feeds more desirable to those who want to tap into the very best in science news. Through these outlets, staff highlight Inside Science articles, videos, blog entries, and columns, as well as stand-out content from other science news outlets. Since the beginning of the summer, Inside Science’s Facebook page has brought over 30,000 page views to Inside Science, many of which are from unique visitors. More than 3,000 fans come from over 20 countries. In addition, Inside Science has started to use YouTube to supplement its news articles with multimedia content. A video published in conjunction with the recent story “Insect Jumps Powered By Mechanical ‘Gears” had more than 3,000 views within the first 24 hours.
Historian John Campbell of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand is coming to ACP for a special evening lecture, entitled, “Rutherford’s Path to the Nuclear Atom,” on September 24 at 6 pm. Pizza and soft drinks will be served. This event is open to the public; staff are welcome to attend.