Nobel winner testifies on the Webb Space Telescope Nobel winner testifies on James Webb Space Telescope Capitol Connection March 27, 2015 With one month to go until the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's launch, its successor—the James Webb Space Telescope—was the topic of a March 24 hearing of the House Subcommittee on Space. The new telescope is scheduled to begin operation in 2018 and “holds the promise of producing revolutionary science that one day may rewrite textbooks,” according to Subcommittee Chair Steven Palazzo (R-MS). VIDEO: R&D budget in the FY 2016 request Video March 25, 2015 This Capitol Hill briefing, hosted by AAAS and featuring Matt Hourihan, director of AAAS's R&D Budget and Policy Program, discusses federal investments in scientific research and development in the FY 2016 budget. Hourihan highlights new funding priorities for FY 2016 as well as funding at the NIH, NSF, DOE, DOD, NASA, and USDA. Engineering student wonders how to prepare for a future in technology policy Ask A Member March 13, 2015 Q: AAAS member Marc Canellas of the Georgia Institute of Technology asks: I'm a Ph.D. student in aerospace engineering. How can I best prepare for a future in technology policy and what careers are available? A: AAAS Fellow Fred E. Saalfeld, Board of Regents and Senior Research Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, responds: If I were just getting my Ph.D. and wanted to be in policy, I would hitch my star to a congressperson in my technical areas and on one of the congressional committees that funds the aerospace industry and S&T. The Markup: The president’s FY 2016 budget request Podcast January 00, 1970 The Markup with Matt Hourihan is a series of occasional updates on science funding in Congress, featuring AAAS’s lead R&D budget analyst. In this second edition, Hourihan provides a short overview of spending proposals for science agencies in the president’s FY 2016 budget request, and takes a look at how broader changes in the discretionary budget may help or hurt R&D spending. Proposed Medical Innovation Act could benefit NIH Capitol Connection February 24, 2015 Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) recently proposed a "swear jar" system that will fine large drug companies for breaking laws and give this money to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Could this so-called Medical Innovation Act help solve the NIH’s funding woes? Will a name change make NIH research center less controversial? Capitol Connection February 19, 2015 A controversial National Institutes of Health center has a new name. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is now the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). Could a name change help give the center more credibility? Power Shift: Science and the 114th Congress Podcast January 00, 1970 Change has come to the halls of Congress. The midterm elections ushered in a new wave of representation, and leaders of the Republican House and Senate have been busy selecting committee chairs and laying out their agendas. How will these changes impact science? What if we funded biomedical research like we fund stadiums? Capitol Connection January 28, 2015 A new study finds that the rate of investment in medical research is increasing across the globe but is actually declining in the United States. This decrease is causing a logjam in translating basic biological studies into products and treatments that can be used in clinical settings. Could new financial models—like biomedical research bonds—help fill this funding gap? Yet another committee says postdoc training needs overhaul Yet another committee says postdoc training needs overhaul Driving Force January 6, 2015 A new report issued by the National Academies details the continuing problems with postdoctoral training and issues some blunt recommendations for finally changing the status quo. A tribute to AAAS Fellow Joseph F. Coates The science of looking ahead: A tribute to AAAS Fellow Joseph F. Coates Tuesday, November 4, 2014 Some people just see farther. For a “consulting futurist,” foresight would seem to be mandatory. For AAAS Fellow Joseph F. Coates, who died October 16 at age 85, the scientific study of what’s beyond the visible horizon yielded a career that combined brilliance, effrontery and a legion of devotees.