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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USDA Research, Sen. Markey, Equipment Grants

BU IN DC Assistant Vice President and Assistant Provost for Research Development and PhD and Postdoctoral Affairs Sarah Hokanson gave a presentation on inclusive STEM teaching practices at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on May 22nd.  BUZZ BITS... The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a request... More

NIH Director, DOD Research Priorities, Climate Research

BU IN DC Deborah Carr of the College of Arts & Sciences participated in a symposium on rethinking healthy aging on May 11th. She also spoke at a National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine seminar on kinlessness and living alone at older ages on May 15th.  Gerald Denis of the Chobanian &... More

Rochelle Walensky, NIH Budget, AI at NSF

BU IN DC Kevin Outterson of the School of Law and CARB-X testified about the public health threat of antimicrobial resistance at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on April 28th. Nahid Bhadelia of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Policy & Research headlined an alumni event for Washington-area Terriers on May 4th. Vice... More

NSF, Neuroscience & Data Science, Cancer Research

BU IN DC Deborah Carr and student Avery Bolden of the College of Arts & Sciences met with Congressional staff in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island delegations as part of the Consortium of Social Science Associations annual advocacy day on April 25th. Kevin Gallagher, Cecilia Han Springer, Lin Zhu, and Oyintarelado Moses... More

Research Hearings, Transgender Athletes, BU Innovation

BU IN DC President Robert A. Brown attended the spring membership meeting of the Association of American Universities from April 16th through 18th. Cecilia Han Springer and Lin Zhu of the Global Development Policy Center discussed China's overseas investments in climate technologies with Congressional staff on April 14th.  Mary Churchill of the Wheelock... More

Sen. Warren, Talking to Journalists, ARPA-H

BU IN DC Joyce Wong of the College of Engineering met with staff in Massachusetts Congressional offices and attended the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering annual meeting on March 26th and 27th. Gabriel Kaptchuk of the College of Arts & Sciences cohosted a workshop on privacy enhancing technologies for the... More

New FAFSA, Climate Research, Collaborating with Policymakers

BU IN DC Wheelock College of Education & Human Development Dean David Chard discussed research on learning disabilities with Congressional staff on March 23rd and 24th. Arunima Krishna and Michelle Amazeen of the College of Communication presented their research on climate misinformation to staff with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of... More

MA Universities, ARPA-H, Environmental Equity

BU IN DC Dean Sandro Galea, Jennifer Beard, David Jernigan, Mary Murphy-Phillips, Rea Shqepa, Lisa Sullivan, Karla Todd, Monica Wang, and Greg Wellenius of the School of Public Health all attended the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health annual meeting from March 15th through 17th. Associate Provost for Graduate... More

Biden Budget; Research Security; Cities, Safety, & Health

BU IN DC Ambassador Mark Storella of the Pardee School of Global Studies spoke on a panel on U.S. foreign policy and the war in Ukraine at the Principles First Summit on March 4th. Vice President and Associate Provost for Research Gloria Waters attended the Association of American Universities Senior Research... More

Post-Doc Policies, NASA Science, National Science Strategy

BU IN DC Vice President and Associate Provost for Global Programs Willis Wang attended the Association of International Education Administrators annual meeting from February 19th through 22nd. Rebecca Ray and Cecilia Springer of the Global Development Policy Center addressed a Woodrow Wilson Center webinar on greening China's... More