Current Events in Science Policy
weekly news update

February 2, 2016

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


The Senate began debate of the first major bipartisan energy bill since 2007. The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 intends to update the aging power grid and oil and gas infrastructure, and bolster Department of Energy research. (Source: New York Times)


The rapidly spreading Zika virus—transmitted by mosquitoes and linked to severe birth defects—prompted action by President Obama and the World Health Organization. Obama met with his top health officials on January 26th to develop a strategy to fight the spread of the virus in the U.S. The WHO declared a public health emergency on February 1st, and suggested pregnant women delay travel to affected areas. (Source: Science Insider)


Research and other scientific issues are rarely a topic of discussion for presidential candidates, but many of the candidates are on record on these issues. Science collated their remarks on the campaign trail. Read more at Science. (Source: Science)

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