Current Events in Science Policy
weekly news update

March 21, 2016

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


House Appropriations Subcommittee Chair, John Culberson (R-TX) says he no longer wants to direct funding for individual directorates at the National Science Foundation. His remarks were made at a House hearing on the NSF 2017 budget in response to a long debate over who should decide which research should be prioritized—Congress or the scientific community. (Source: Science Insider)

The Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation advanced FAA Reauthorization legislation including an amendment that allows the use of small unmanned aerial systems, or drones, for use in research and education at universities. (Source: Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation)


A new rule published in the Federal Register extends the time that international students studying STEM can stay and work in the U.S. after graduating from an American university. (Source: Inside Higher Ed)

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