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A congressional panel yesterday heard testimonies about the impact of and fight against sexual harassment in the sciences. Four women prominent and successful in their fields spoke about the need to reform not just the laws but also a harmful culture that considers such behaviors permissible and fosters systemic inequity.
The World Health Organization's (WHO) cancer agency is firmly defending its finding that a widely used herbicide is "probably carcinogenic" despite reports cited by key House lawmakers.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer's (IARC's) unwavering stance was publicly revealed yesterday by Oregon Representative Suzanne Bonamici, the top Democrat on the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee's Subcommittee on Environment, at a full committee hearing on the controversial 2015 glyphosate evaluation.
The chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee on Tuesday slammed an international body’s cancer research on a common pesticide and questioned whether the United States should contribute funding to the body.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) called the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) conclusions on the pesticide glyphosate “unsubstantiated” and “not backed by reliable data.”
This week, an Energy Department official called exascale a priority. Next week, researchers meet to talk about making it a reality.
At a Jan. 30 hearing on the Department of Energy's modernization, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) asked officials how they planned to prioritize exascale computing. Research into next-generation supercomputing has pumped at least $1.8 million in DOE exascale funding into Bonamici’s home state, according to the University of Oregon.
As technology advances and permeates most aspects of society, several lawmakers are urging President Donald Trump to appoint a scientific adviser and the staff needed to support the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
“Protecting net neutrality creates a level playing field for consumers, innovators, and small businesses,” Representative (Suzanne) Bonamici (D-OR) observed. “Rolling back Title II protections will be detrimental to the free flow of information that underpins our democracy. The FCC has failed the American people and Congress must step up to keep the internet fair and open.”