Current Events in Science Policy
weekly news update

August 3, 2015

Edited by Kate Stoll, Senior Policy Advisor, MIT Washington Office

The weekly news update will pause during the Congressional August recess and resume in September.


President Obama unveiled on August 3rd his final rule to cut carbon emissions from power plants, the ‘Clean Power Plan.’ The plan aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030. The regulation has been two years in the making and the EPA received over 1.6 million comments on the proposed rule released last summer .(Source: BBC)


Vice President Biden announced a $600 million public-private partnership for photonics manufacturing, technologies key for advanced computing, communications, radar, and more. The project will be physically headquartered in New York State with SUNY Poly, and MIT will host the program in education and workforce development, directed by Professor Lionel Kimerling. Assoc. Professor Michael Watts will lead the silicon photonics program. (Sources: MIT News, White House


NSF faces continued scrutiny from the House Science Committee whose Chair released a bill that reintroduces language requiring all NSF grants to state why the research “is in the national interest” based on seven criteria. Some interpret the legislation as mistrust of the merit review system. (Source: Science Insider)

Weekly news digests do not imply endorsement of any political positions, and are not intended to be comprehensive.