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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NIH Approves Climate and Health Initiative

BU IN DC Robert Hefner of the Pardee School of Global Studies spoke at a U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom event on democracy and religious freedom on December 7th.  Associate Provost for Computing & Data Sciences Azer Bestavros, Dean David Chard and Nathan Jones of the Wheelock College of... More

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BU IN DC 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 a member, on December 6th and 7th. Nahid Bhadelia of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Policy &... More

Biden Administration Adds New Personnel

Last week, the Biden Administration continued to expand its team: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced Dr. Sally Benson as its deputy director for energy and chief strategist for the energy transition. Dr. Costa Samaras will be principal assistant director for energy and chief... More

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BU IN DC Rachel Rojas (COM '94) was named the assistant director of the Insider Threat Office at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquarters on November 10th. Heidi Peltier of the College of Arts & Sciences spoke at a George Washington University virtual conference on the costs and consequences of war on... More

Pell, NSF Increases Nearing a Vote

BU IN DC School of Public Health Dean Sandro Galea delivered a book talk at a hybrid event hosted by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and the Pulitzer Center on November 2nd.  Rena Conti of the Questrom School of Business moderated a panel during the Biomedical Advanced Research... More

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BU IN DC President Robert A. Brown attended the fall membership meeting of the Association of American Universities between October 24th and 26th. Daniel Segrè of the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Engineering gave a talk at a meeting of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Biological and Environmental Research... More

Senate Committee Proposes Large Investment in Research, Student Aid

BU IN DC Pamela Templer of the College of Arts & Sciences gave a presentation at the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship meeting on October 18th. SENATE COMMITTEE PROPOSES LARGE INVESTMENT IN RESEARCH, STUDENT AID This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee proposed significant funding increases for student aid programs and federal research agencies... More

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Last week, the White House and the National Institutes of Health released a summary of this summer's 15 listening sessions regarding the proposed Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H). ARPA-H is the Biden Administration’s proposal to “drive transformational health research innovation and speed medical breakthroughs.” The feedback from... More

Congress Probes Research with International Collaborators

BU IN DC Megan Bair-Merritt of the School of Medicine spoke at a National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women's Health event on fostering gender equity in research institutions on October 5th. Lee McIntyre of the Center for Philosophy and History of Science spoke about building trust in science... More