White House Science and Technology Director Urges Need for Research Security | Vanderbilt News

In a regional webinar today, Kelvin Droegemeier, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, urged researchers to be aware of the pervasive threat by some foreign governments to the United States.

Kelvin Droegemeier
Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, director of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

The talk, “Enhancing the Security and Integrity of America’s Research Enterprise,” hosted by the University of Tennessee System and Vanderbilt University, was supported by the National Science Foundation. Researchers from institutions in Tennessee, Louisiana, Kentucky and Arkansas participated in the 75 minute event.

“This is an amazing time in American science and technology,” Droegemeier said to the hundreds of researchers attending virtually. “We must protect our values and mitigate the risks.”

With United States research values ranging from openness and transparency to freedom of inquiry and merit-based competition, Droegemeier said inappropriate behaviors either by some researchers or foreign governments jeopardize the

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Education, CARES Act funds and voting discussed at State House

Both the Senate and the House passed phase 2 of CARES Act funding.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina General Assembly agreed Wednesday on how they would spend hundreds of millions of dollars from phase two of CARES Act funding. That bill now goes to the governor’s desk for his signature.

State lawmakers have moved forward with the authorization of funds for the second phase of the CARES Act, focusing the money to rebuild the unemployment trust fund as well as COVID-19 testing and related costs, and helping small businesses.

Senator Thomas Alexander said both sides of the aisle realize this pandemic has hurt many financially.

“This is making sure we do what we can to help those who are unemployed and to help businesses and industries as well,” Alexander said.

Also a topic of discussion within the chamber is voting and the upcoming November election. A federal judge has

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House Passes Deal On Stopgap Funding, Avoids Government Shutdown

House and Senate leaders reached a bipartisan agreement Tuesday night to pass a three-month funding stopgap, averting a government shutdown in the midst of a pandemic and a short time before the November elections.

In a 359-57 vote, the House passed H.R. 8337, which extends federal government funding until Dec. 11, when lawmakers would have to renew it again. The end of the federal fiscal year is Sept. 30.

Democrats secured $8 billion in nutritional programs for low income families and children and extensions to the Pandemic EBT Program, which provides benefits to replace school meals for students.

“To help the millions of families struggling to keep food on the table during the pandemic, Democrats have renewed the vital, expiring lifeline of Pandemic EBT for a full year and enabled our fellow Americans in the territories to receive this critical nutrition assistance,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a

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SPEEA Comments on Boeing Eliminating customer Flight Training Airplane pilots, sending jobs to overseas contract house

  SPEEA Comments on Boeing Eliminating customer Flight Training Airplane
  pilots, sending jobs to overseas contract house

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- September 21, 2020

The following is a statement from SPEEA:

On Friday September 18, The Boeing Company delivered layoff notices to its
remaining seven Flight Training Airplane (FTA) pilots and will instead send
the critical work of providing on-site training to airline customers to an
overseas contract house. The 60-day notices of layoff eliminate all direct
Boeing FTA pilots by the end of November – a critical moment in Boeing’s plan
to return the 737MAX to service and start delivering the roughly 400 airplanes
now parked around the West Coast.

The move comes just days after the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and
Infrastructure released its report on the “Design, Development and
Certification of the Boeing 737MAX.” Based on a year-long investigation, the
report, along with citing a “culture of 
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White House coronavirus task force focuses on higher education in state reports | News Headlines

(CNN) — The White House coronavirus task force placed a sharper focus on colleges and universities in its recommendations to states this week, pushing states to take measures to prevent further outbreaks as the school year begins.

CNN reached out to all 50 states for their weekly task force reports, which the White House has declined to make public, and obtained responses from 13 states as of Friday morning. Alabama was the only state to explicitly decline to provide its report. Other states referred CNN to other sources or did not respond.

This week’s set of reports, sent to states Tuesday evening, was directed to governors and their senior staff, as well as health officials, emergency managers, epidemiologists, lab directors and preparedness directors for each state.

The reports are individually tailored to each state with information on cases and test positivity and county-specific data and broadly show concern about spread

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House Science Bills on Space Weather and Election Technology Pass the House

House Science Bills on Space Weather and Election Technology Pass the House

Press Release
From: House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas praised the passage of two bipartisan Committee bills today on space weather and election technology. 

S.881, the Promoting Research and Observations of Space Weather to Improve the Forecasting of Tomorrow Act, more commonly referred to as the PROSWIFT Act, improves our ability to monitor and forecast space weather. Space weather is generated by magnetic activity on the Sun and can affect technologies on Earth ranging from cell phone communications to GPS navigation to the electric grid. The bill includes an amendment by Lucas to create a pilot program that will ensure that emerging private sector companies have a seat at the table and will be able to provide monitoring and forecast data which
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Bowers, Douglas disagree over education, jobs, health care in eastern Dallas County Texas House race

One in a series about elections for the Texas House of Representatives.

State Rep. Rhetta Bowers’ record during her first term in office is a point of fundamental disagreement between her and Republican challenger, Will Douglas.

Bowers, a Democrat who flipped House District 113 in 2018, says she worked across the aisle to pass significant legislation, like a major funding bill for public schools and laws that increased mental health precautions to prevent school shootings.

Douglas, an entrepreneur who owns several small pharmacies, says Bowers is one of the most “progressive” members in the Legislature whose ideas will shutter small businesses, stymie innovation and derail the Texas economy.

The two are in a heated battle to represent the traditionally Republican district which covers parts of Garland, Mesquite and Rowlett. The race’s outcome could have a larger effect in determining which party holds control in the Texas House next January.

VOTE campaign buttons on top of scattered hundred dollar bills spread out beneath it. Concept image illustrating election funding, political donations, Super Pac money, political bribes.


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White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier to speak Sept. 25 | Vanderbilt News

Kelvin Droegemeier
Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, director of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, director of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will deliver a regional webinar on Friday, Sept. 25, at noon CT. The University of Tennessee system and Vanderbilt University are co-hosting the webinar, with Vice President for Research, Outreach and Economic Development Stacey Patterson (UT-system) and Vice Provost for Research Padma Raghavan (VU) providing opening remarks and moderating a question-and-answer session with Droegemeier.

The presentation by Droegemeier, “Enhancing the Security and Integrity of America’s Research Enterprise,” is open to faculty, students, postdocs and staff. It will be live-streamed, and registration is required.

Droegemeier will provide an update on the many activities undertaken by OSTP and others during the past several months, providing examples of risks to research security that can harm the enterprise as well as an update on steps being

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One People, One House: Goodwill, hope emerge in Elms’ urban education effort

Editor’s note: This viewpoint is part of The Republican’s continuing series, One People, One House, a community dialogue on where we are today on the issues of racism and policing across the country and here at home.

On July 26, as the body of Congressman John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge one last time, America faced an inescapable historical moment. The country is coming to grips with the realization that racial hierarchy, one of the pillars of American society since colonial time, is no longer acceptable.

The majority of the country believes that people should no longer be apportioned more or less life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, based on their race. This is a very hopeful moment for the United States and, all across the country, people are sowing the seeds for a more equitable society. Elms College was ahead of the trend. We have been working

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House Education Committee hosting Friday meeting on COVID-19 status of football, other prep sports | High School Sports

The House Education Committee will host a hearing designed to provide more information about high school sports, including football, in 2020-21 at 9 a.m. Friday in Room 5 at the State Capitol.

The committee, chaired by Rep. Ray Garofalo, heard from LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine and other state education leaders earlier this summer as plans for the 2020-21 school year took shape amid the coronavirus pandemic.

This meeting comes after complaints from parents and coaches over the fact that other southern states, including Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, Texas and Alabama, have begun their football seasons. Louisiana remains in Phase 2 of coronavirus reopening and has not started its season.

Attorney General Jeff Landry released a letter Monday imploring the LHSAA to turn on its “Friday Night Lights.” Rep. Larry Frieman also wrote a letter co-signed by about 50 legislators also asking for the football season to begin, despite Gov. John

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