April 14, 2021
President Joe Biden’s first budget proposal, released in a preliminary form on 9 April, was well-received by the nation’s research community and science advocates. The new president’s request for fiscal year 2022, which begins on 1 October, includes a funding increase of more than $10 billion (£7.3 billion), or 20%, for the National Science Foundation (NSF), with $500 million of that going to climate and clean energy research. It would also create a new technology and innovation directorate at the fundamental science and engineering agency to help expedite technology development.
March 5, 2021
Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today introduced the Research Investment to Spark the Economy (RISE) Act to authorize nearly $25 billion in support to U.S. researchers who have been impacted by the pandemic.
February 2, 2021
In picking a science team of prominent researchers who have extensive knowledge of the federal government, President Joe Biden has signaled that science would play an elevated role in his administration. At a 16 January press conference, Biden formally introduced mathematician and geneticist Eric Lander to be both director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and his science adviser.
February 2, 2021
President Joe Biden has honed in on immigration reform as one of the keystone issues for his new administration, a move that has clear fans in the science community. On his first day in office, Biden issued several executive orders halting curbs on immigration instituted by former president Donald J. Trump.
January 21, 2021
President-elect Joe Biden on Friday nominated Eric Lander to be his science adviser and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy -- and also elevated the role of science adviser so that it will have cabinet rank.
January 7, 2021
The US modernizes its energy policy and gives an overall boost to federal research funding in a jam-packed year-end budget deal to fund most of the federal government. The deal provides a total of $1.4 trillion for fiscal 2021, along with a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package. Total R&D funding for 2021 amounts to $165 billion, an increase of less than 1% over 2020, according to an analysis by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
December 16, 2020
The first coronavirus vaccines are being distributed in the U.S. after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday gave emergency authorization to Pfizer's version. It's a critical step in the fight against the pathogen — one public health officials hope will stem its he first coronavirus vaccines are being distributed in the U.S. after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday gave emergency authorization to Pfizer's version. It's a critical step in the fight against the pathogen — one public health officials hope will stem its spread.
November 10, 2020
After months of rancorous campaigning and several days of counting ballots, former vice president Joe Biden emerged on Nov. 7 as the winner of the 2020 US presidential election.
November 10, 2020
About 19 universities in the U.S. have joined the third cohort of a program called, Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty. The initiative looks to develop more inclusive faculty recruitment, hiring and retention models within STEM, reported Forbes.
August 28, 2020
As the COVID-19 virus spread across the country this spring and more data became available that revealed the disproportionate impact it was having on Black communities, Tennessee State University launched the nation’s first COVID-19 Academy to support residents in its Nashville community. The academy uses a holistic approach to help community members access healthcare, basic human services like food and job training, and education resources to help meet the needs of families who might be impacted — financially and otherwise — for a long time to come.