May 31, 2019
Those who complain that the U.S. government prefers to talk about the nation’s problems rather than solve them may think creating two forums to discuss science and national security is not a very constructive idea. But academic leaders say more dialogue is urgently needed on one issue now bedeviling the U.S. research community: how to best protect the country against its economic and military competitors without choking off international scientific collaborations and the free flow of people and ideas.
May 20, 2019
U.S. and Chinese trade talks hit a snag this month, imperiling hopes for a deal that the two sides have been pursuing for over a year. The negotiators are working to resolve a broad array of issues rooted in legitimate concern about fairness for U.S. businesses. But even if all trade issues were resolved tomorrow, China has been racing ahead in scientific investment and progress.
May 16, 2019
Will NASA’s plan to land astronauts on the moon by 2024 fly with Congress? The Artemis program’s implications are still sinking in on Capitol Hill, but there’s already a political problem having to do with where the money’s supposed to come from. Trump administration officials confirmed that the $1.6 billion being sought as a “down payment” for accelerating the push to the moon would be taken from a roughly $8 billion reserve account for the popular Pell Grant program, which funds education for millions of low-income students annually.
May 16, 2019
The Trump administration proposed cutting the Pell Grant surplus to fund new spending at agencies including NASA in a budget amendment this week. The White House fiscal year 2020 budget proposal released in March included a $2 billion cut to the Pell surplus. The budget amendment calls for redirecting another $1.9 billion in Pell funds. The Associated Press first reported the proposal. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the Institute for College Access and Success, and the Education Trust issued statements opposing the proposed cut to the Pell surplus.
April 18, 2019
Universities and federal laboratories are the cornerstones of American innovation, developing new products that address important societal issues and drive economic growth. The University of Michigan, with support from the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology, studied public research universities across North America to identify best practices for bringing new products to market.
April 17, 2019
Soteria Solutions, a business born of research conducted at the University of New Hampshire, was featured at the University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase in Washington, D.C. on April 10. Hosted by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Universities, the event spotlights 20 startup companies from across the nation that have created products and services using federally funded, university-based research.
March 22, 2019
US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on 21 March that requires universities to certify that they protect free speech, or risk losing federal research funds. Public institutions will have to certify that they are following free-speech protections laid out in the First Amendment of the US Constitution, and private institutions must promise to follow their stated policies on free speech, a White House official told reporters on 21 March.
March 22, 2019
The Trump administration on Thursday announced a plan to force universities that violate free-speech principles to forfeit billions of dollars in biomedical research and other scientific grants. It is unclear, however, whether any universities might actually be impacted — and whether the requirements, unveiled in an executive order, represent a massive disruption for the country’s research infrastructure or a political statement that will leave scientific work untouched.
March 12, 2019
President Trump called for a $7.1 billion cut to funding at the Education Department with a proposed budget that retreads familiar higher education ideas for this White House. The budget proposal released on Monday asks Congress to open Pell Grants to “high-quality” short-term programs, eliminate Public Service Loan Forgiveness and subsidized student loans, and streamline income-driven repayment programs for student borrowers.
February 5, 2019
The longest government shutdown in US history might be over, at least for now, but agencies like the National Science Foundation (NSF) are scrambling to catch up from the 35-day closure, and research universities are speaking out about the damage caused. Before Christmas, the partial shutdown went into effect because of a standoff between Congress and President Trump over his demands for $5 billion (£3.8 billion) to build a wall along the US’s southern border with Mexico.