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 Director, Regulating AI, Empathic Communication

BU IN DC Provost ad interim Kenneth Lutchen attended the Association of American Universities Chief Academic Officers meeting from September 10th through 12th.  Dean David Chard and Leslie Dietiker of the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development attended the LEARN Coalition's fall meeting on September 12th. Dietiker discussed education research... More

Biden Science Priorities, NIAID Director, Legacy Admissions

BU IN DC Nathan Jones of the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development began his term as commissioner of the National Center for Special Education Research within the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education on August 28th.  Nicole Huberfeld of the School of Law moderated the third installment of... More

NIH Funding, Equal Opportunity Summit, Artificial Intelligence

BU IN DC Nicole Huberfeld of the School of Law moderated the second installment of a National Cancer Policy Forum webinar series on the impacts of the Supreme Court's Dobbs decision on access to reproductive health services in the context of cancer care on July 24th. SENATORS PROPOSE INCREASES FOR NIH, PELL The Senate Appropriations... More

Climate Resilience, Budget Cuts, Defense Research

BU IN DC Sheryl Grace of the College of Engineering spoke about her research at a Capitol Hill briefing sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on July 18th. Greg Wellenius and Amruta Nori-Sarma of the School of Public Health hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on building equitable resilience... More

NSF & DOE Science Budgets, NIH Behavioral Health, SCOTUS Decisions

BU IN DC College of Communication Dean Mariette DiChristina moderated a panel at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Climate Crossroads Summit on July 11th and 12th. Nicole Huberfeld of the School of Law participated in a National Cancer Policy Forum webinar on the impacts of the Dobbs decision on... More

Research Security, Behavioral Health, Education Research

BU IN DC Diane Baldwin of Sponsored Programs attended a Council on Governmental Relations meeting on June 8th and 9th.  Roscoe Giles of the College of Engineering participated in a meeting of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee, of which he is a member, on June 12th and 13th.  Lindsay Newall, Michael DiFabio, More

Budget Caps, Senator Markey, NIH Common Fund

BU IN DC Diane Baldwin and Ryan Russell of Sponsored Programs attended a Federal Demonstration Partnership meeting on May 25th and 26th.  Jeanne Kelley of the International Students & Scholars Office discussed the visa process for students with staff for Congressman Jake Auchincloss (D-MA) while attending the NAFSA: Association of International Educators... More

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