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Snap Observations: Research Corridors Drive the Economy, Congress Considers Science Funding

U.S. Capitol buildingThe Role of Engaged Universities in Economic Transformation: a conference on the future of the knowledge-based economy, inspired by the National Academies report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm, is going on today and tomorrow at the University of Michigan. It looks like a how-to manual for how to grow the next Silicon Valley.

This week, the Senate resumes consideration of the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill (HR 3093, summary [pdf]), which funds science education ($28 billion, $2 billion more than 2007), global climate change initiatives ($1.85 billion for a program that has not existed previously), NASA ($10.5 billion, $1.01 billion more than 2007), NOAA ($4.0 billion, $56.9 million above 2007), NSF ($5.96 billion, $500 million more than 2007), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology ($831.2 million, $154.3 million above 2007 ).

Also in the Senate this week: the Labor-Health-Education appropriations bill (HR 3043, summary [pdf]), which funds the Department of Health and Human Services, including the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In its current form, the bill provides $29.4 billion total for NIH ($549 million, or 3 percent, more than the current level) and $6.5 billion for the CDC ($192 million, or 8 percent, more than the current level).

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