Beltway BUzz

Washington, DC, is a busy place with a lot of moving parts. Beltway BUzz provides updates on Congressional and federal agency activities, announces key federal personnel changes, highlights grant solicitations, and features the many BU faculty and staff who participate in Washington activities.

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Senate Passes Bipartisan Research Legislation

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed the United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA, S. 1260) by a vote of 68-31. The legislation would create a new directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF) to accelerate commercialization of government funded research, as well as update research activities at NSF, the U.S. More

Biden Proposes Historic Research, Student Aid Budget

BU IN DC Abigail Sullivan of the College of Arts & Sciences spoke at a National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine workshop on local actions to address climate change on May 25th. Renee Boynton-Jarrett of the School of Medicine testified at a House Agriculture Committee hearing on the future of the... More

House Passes Early Career, Safe Research Environments Bills

BU IN DC Rebecca Ray of the Global Development Policy Center testified before a U.S. - China Economic and Security Review Commission hearing on China’s involvement in Latin America and the Caribbean on May 20th. HOUSE PASSES EARLY CAREER, SAFE RESEARCH ENVIRONMENTS BILLS On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed several science... More

Congress Debates the Future of NSF

BU IN DC Kevin Outterson of CARB-X and the School of Law addressed a webinar on combating microbial resistance, featuring Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), on May 12th.   CONGRESS DEBATES THE FUTURE OF NSF On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee passed the Endless Frontier Act (S. 1260), a bill that would... More

BUzz Bits

BU IN DC Thea James of the School of Medicine testified at a Congressional hearing on ending hunger in America on April 28th. Associate Provost for Computing & Data Sciences Azer Bestavros attended a virtual meeting of the National Science Foundation’s Computer & Information Science & Engineering Advisory Committee, of which he is... More

Biden Sends Higher Ed Priorities to Congress

BU IN DC Nazli Kibria and Deborah Carr of the College of Arts & Sciences spoke with Congressional staff about the importance of social science research as part of the Consortium of Social Science Associations Advocacy Day on April 27th. Gina Ortiz Jones (CAS’03, GRS’03) was nominated by President Joe Biden as... More

BUzz Bits

BU IN DC Peter Fox-Penner of the Institute for Sustainable Energy co-hosted a virtual Capitol Hill briefing on clean energy and climate infrastructure on April 14th. Dean Sandro Galea and Catherine Ettman of the School of Public Health discussed pandemic preparedness with staff from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee... More


Biden Unveils Research Priorities

BU IN DC The School of Public Health and the Center for Antiracist Research cohosted "Antiracism as Health Policy: Race, COVID-19, and Policy Reform," a webinar series featuring Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), from April 5th through 7th. Senior Vice President Steve Burgay, Amy Hook, and Rachal Lapal... More

BUzz Bits

BU IN DC Malika Jeffries-EL of the College of Arts & Sciences participated in a media briefing on cutting-edge semiconductor research hosted by the National Science Foundation on March 19th. Mayank Varia of the College of Arts & Sciences spoke on a New America Foundation panel on innovations in privacy-preserving technologies on... More

BU Urges Support for Students, Research

BU IN DC Douglas Densmore of the College of Engineering was a featured speaker in the National Science Foundation's Bioeconomy Distinguished Lecture Series on March 18th. Timothy Longman and Eric Schmidt of the African Studies Center met with Massachusetts Congressional offices to discuss the importance of international education programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education on March 18th. David... More