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 The American Physical Society, the Acoustical Society of America, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Crystallographic Association, the American Astronomical Society, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, the American Vacuum Society, and the American Geophysical Union have joined the American Institute of Physics and 97 scientific organizations in issuing a "Unified Statement on Research." The statement calls for a doubling of the federal budget for research by the year 2009, and was released on October 22 at a U.S. Capitol press conference.

24 Oct 1997

DOE Hearing Four influential House Democrats have sent a letter to DOE Secretary Federico Pena challenging the recently announced Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between Sandia, Livermore, and Lawrence Berkeley national labs and the newly formed Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography Limited Liability Company (formed by Intel Corporation.) The four representatives asked for answers to twenty-three pointed questions by the close of business yesterday, followed by a congressional briefing.

22 Oct 1997

Disposal Program With passage of H.R. 2203, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill for FY 1998, Congress endorsed a controversial Department of Energy proposal to dispose of surplus weapons grade plutonium. Conference report language accompanying the bill urges DOE to begin work promptly on the storage and disposition of this material, which the National Academy of Sciences characterized in 1994 as "a clear and present danger."

17 Oct 1997

The "US-Russian Independent Scientific Commission on Disposition of Excess Weapons Plutonium," co-chaired by John Holdren in the US and Evgeniy Velikhov in Russia, released its final report on September 10.

16 Oct 1997

Found among the hundreds of sections of H.R. 2203, the FY 1998 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, is Section 512 that states: "None of the funds made available in this or any other Act may be used to restart the High Flux Beam Reactor." With these words, approved by both the House and Senate on Tuesday, any restart of the reactor will be delayed until after September 30, 1998 -- the period covered by this legislation. Whether the reactor will reopen is still an unanswered question.

The conference report accompanying this bill provides additional details:

2 Oct 1997

Twice One of the flash points between the Congress and the Clinton Administration has been the Commerce Department's Advanced Technology Program. Repeatedly characterized by its critics as "corporate welfare," and the target of the former chairman of the House Science Committee, Bob Walker (R-PA), the ATP has been contentious almost from the first day Republicans assumed leadership of the Congress. ATP has seemingly turned a new page on Capitol Hill as last week representatives twice rejected attempts to kill the program.

1 Oct 1997

Reacting to bills introduced by Senator Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY), S. 1140, and Rep. Michael Forbes (R-NY), H.R. 2384, stating: "The Secretary of Energy shall ensure that the High Flux Beam Reactor at Brookhaven National Laboratory is not reactivated," Dr. D. Allan Bromley has sent the following letter. Bromley is President of The American Physical Society and former Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Bromley's letter was sent to Senator D'Amato and Rep.

16 Sep 1997

As described in FYI #109, Senator Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY) has introduced a bill, S. 1140, stating: "The Secretary of Energy shall ensure that the High Flux Beam Reactor at Brookhaven National Laboratory is not reactivated." Joining D'Amato in this effort is Rep. Michael Forbes (R-NY), in whose district Brookhaven National Laboratory is located.

11 Sep 1997

Last week, Senator Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY) introduced a bill, S. 1140, stating: "The Secretary of Energy shall ensure that the High Flux Beam Reactor at Brookhaven National Laboratory is not reactivated."

10 Sep 1997

"During a period in which technology has fundamentally transformed America's offices, factories, and retail establishments, its impact within our nation's classrooms has generally been quite modest." --Panel on Education Technology Report

4 Sep 1997

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