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Science being held hostage?

By / March 3, 2009

Washington Post reports that Sen. Robert Menendez is blocking the nominations of the Obama administration’s two top science advisers, John Holdren and Jane Lubchenco. Holdren has been nominated to head up the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Lubchenco is to lead NOAA. The nominations of two of President Obama’s top science…

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DOE’s Chu to unveil plans to modernize electricity grid Wednesday (update II)

By / February 19, 2009

Pay attention to this: Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 18, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will deliver the opening keynote address at the 2009 DOE-NARUC National Electricity Forum. In the address, Secretary Chu will outline the Administration’s commitment to modernizing the nation’s electricity distribution system through a “Smart Grid” that will create new jobs, save consumers money,…

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‘Restore science to its rightful place’

By / January 21, 2009

A key passage from President Obama’s address For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the…

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¡Viva Aldo!

By / January 18, 2009

Just learned that ACerS member and Imperial College (U.K.) professor Aldo R. Boccaccini, has been appointed to be the scientific international advisor to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Argentina (his homeland). He will advise in topics of international scientific cooperation between Argentina and the European Union. Boccaccini is an expert in materials…

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Fellowship application deadline looms

By / January 7, 2009

There are only two day left to apply for a one-year fellowship working as a science advisor to Congress. Don’t delay. This post has more information.

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Outgoing PCAST report raises many questions

By / January 3, 2009

One has to critically read (if not read between the lines) a report written to the incoming President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology from leaders of the outgoing panel. AAAS has started to tweeze out some of the nuances of the report and one of their staffers interviewed soon-to-be-former co-chair E. Floyd Kvamme.…

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Congressional fellowship opportunity

By / December 30, 2008

There is a tremendous opportunity for a one-year fellowship for a materials scientist, engineer or researcher with an interest in federal public policy. The Materials Societies Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship offers a one-year appointment beginning Sept. 1, 2009 in which the selected individual serves as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a…

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ACerS President praises Chu; other scientists named to administration

By / December 26, 2008

Recently we noted that Steven Chu, a real scientist and experienced administrator, has been selected to run the Department of Energy. This week, we got a chance to talk with American Ceramic Society president John Kaniuk, who offered his opinion: “Steven Chu is an admirable choice to lead DOE. As the former director of the…

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Chu, scientist and Nobel laureate, tapped for DOE head

By / December 11, 2008

There’s a ripple of excitement in the science and technical community. Imagine – an experienced scientist and successful administrator with a breadth of knowledge at the helm of the Department of Energy. Given the role DOE is going to play in the next few years, the selection of Steven Chu comes at a critical time.…

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