A look at the 2015 America COMPETES Act Podcast January 00, 1970 In the latest edition of The Markup with Matt Hourihan, AAAS’s lead R&D budget analyst walks us through the funding targets of the 2015 America COMPETES Act. He is joined by Erin Heath, associate director of the AAAS Office of Government Relations, who reviews some of the bill's policy components. Tweeting as a federal scientist Capitol Connection April 17, 2015 How much of your freedom to communicate do you give up when you take a scientific job with the federal government? Do you need your employer’s permission to tweet? What about to speak with the press or post on Facebook? 5 Things About Me: Anthropologist Patricia Lambert 5 Things About Me: Anthropologist Patricia Lambert Member Spotlight April 8, 2015 Patricia Lambert studies prehistoric war by examining human skeletal remains from archaeological sites. When she’s not in the field or the classroom, she’s singing and playing upright bass in her folk band. 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?