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Federal Update: Trump Administration FY18 "America First" Spending Outline Proposes Deep Cuts, Fundamental Changes

March 16, 2017

While the higher education community has harbored concerns about how the new Administration’s expressed priorities of aggressive budget reductions coupled with significant increases to Defense department spending might impact programs essential to research universities, there had thus far been few specifics.  However, today, the Trump Administration released the outline, or ”skinny budget,” of its FY18 spending plan (available here). In this high level outline, the Administration validates many of these concerns by including unprecedented cuts to research, steep reductions in student aid, and the elimination of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities. The values expressed in the “skinny budget” sent a strong message that the higher education community and those who rely on this essential federal partnership will need to work diligently to build upon the strong existing bipartisan support on the Hill and continue to work with the Administration in the hopes that, as the process unfolds, there will ultimately be significant alterations in the policies outlined this morning.

Federal Update: Lame Duck Heads toward Second CR; House Passes Cures Bill

December 1, 2016

The lame-duck session of the 114th Congress resumed its work this week after the Thanksgiving holiday, notably on two main issues of University interest—the House’s passage of the 21st Century Cures bill to authorize future supplemental funding for NIH, and the funding of the government beyond the current December 9 expiration. 

Bionic leaf turns sunlight into liquid fuel

Bionic leaf turns sunlight into liquid fuel

June 2, 2016

Daniel Nocera, the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy at Harvard University, and Pamela Silver, the Elliott T. and Onie H. Adams Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School, have co-created a system that uses solar energy to split water molecules and hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels.

Federal Update: President Obama Releases FY17 Budget Request

February 9, 2016

The broad strokes of the President’s State of the Union address received their fine print today with the release of the White House’s fiscal year 2017 budget request. The Obama Administration’s last budget comes with the freedom from the political pressures of reelection to propose aspirational policies and the opportunity to steer the national discourse in a presidential election year, but it does not come with the time to accomplish much of significance. Illustrating the true depths of Congressional Republicans’ hostility to the President’s proposals and the mechanisms used to fund them, neither Senate Budget Chairman Enzi (R-WY) nor House Budget Chairman Price (R-GA) invited OMB Director Shaun Donovan to testify on the Hill—a government tradition since 1975.

Alzheimer’s insights in single cells

Alzheimer’s insights in single cells

February 3, 2016

Building on research reported last year, Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have succeeded in identifying the neurons that secrete the substance responsible for the plaques that build up in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients.

4D-printed structure changes shape when placed in water

4D-printed structure changes shape when placed in water

January 25, 2016

A team of scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has evolved their microscale 3-D printing technology to the fourth dimension, time.