DC Digest - October 2, 2009
In Today's Issue:
- Brookings Institution and Duke Host DC Event to Release Joint Report on Immigration Reform
- Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing for Archivist Nominee and Former Duke Librarian, Senator Hagan Gives Remarks
- Obama Announces $5 billion in NIH Recovery Act Awards
- AAU-APLU-TSC Issue Second Press Release on Recovery Act-Funded University Research
BROOKINGS INSTITUTION AND DUKE HOST DC EVENT TO RELEASE JOINT REPORT ON IMMIGRATION REFORM
The Brookings-Duke Immigration Policy Roundtable, a joint project of The Brookings Institution and the Kenan Institute for Ethics, will release its report "Breaking the Immigration Stalemate: From Deep Disagreements to Constructive Proposals"on October 6 at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.
The Roundtable was created to address the assumptions underlying the current immigration debate as well as to generate policy recommendations that better reflect the wide range of views that Americans hold toward immigration. The soon-to-be-released report reflects the collaborative effort of this unique group–including think tank analysts, political and policy entrepreneurs, community leaders, former government officials, and academics from various disciplines–and is the product of their deliberations. The October 6 event features the release of the Roundtable's report and a discussion of the proposals therein.
Event information and registry (Kenan Institute for Ethics)
SENATE HOLDS CONFIRMATION HEARING FOR ARCHIVIST NOMINEE AND FORMER DUKE LIBRARIAN, SENATOR HAGAN GIVES REMARKS
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a confirmation hearing on Thursday for David Ferriero, former University Librarian at Duke University and President Obama's nominee for Archivist of the United States. Senator Kay Hagan introduced the nominee and provided gracious remarks of Ferriero and Duke. If confirmed, Ferriero will be the 10th Archivist of the United States.
Link to Ferriero's testimony and hearing webcast (Committee Website)
OBAMA ANNOUNCES $5 BILLION IN NIH RECOVERY ACT AWARDS
In an event on Wednesday at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), President Obama announced that the Administration has now released $5 billion in NIH funding provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The amount is slightly less than half of the $10.4 billion in Recovery Act funds approved for NIH for fiscal years 2009 and 2010.
The President said that the more than 12,000 grants awarded at NIH would “support cutting-edge medical research in every state across America.” He added, “We know that this kind of investment will also lead to new jobs: tens of thousands of jobs conducting research, manufacturing and supplying medical equipment, and building and modernizing laboratories and research facilities."
President Obama Announces Recovery Act Funding for Groundbreaking Medical Research (White House Press Office)
AAU-APLU-TSC ISSUE SECOND PRESS RELEASE ON RECOVERY ACT-FUNDED UNIVERSITY RESEARCH
AAU, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and The Science Coalition have issued a second press release detailing some of the latest university research and education projects funded around the country through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The press release, which is intended to be illustrative, not comprehensive, highlights such projects as researching the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems, understanding the roots of pain in the brain, and building robots to understand those with speaking impairments, as well as activities to help educate future leaders in clean technology and global health research.
Stimulus-Funded University Research