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House Science, Space, & Technology Committee The Official page of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology The Soviet Union launched the first satellite, Sputnik 1, into orbit on October 4, 1957, initiating the "Space Race."

When the 85th Congress reconvened in 1958, one of its first tasks was the creation of a Select Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration. This Select Committee wrote the Space Act, which established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the permanent House Committee on Science and Astronautics, the forerunner of the present Committee on Science and Technology. The Scie

When the 85th Congress reconvened in 1958, one of its first tasks was the creation of a Select Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration. This Select Committee wrote the Space Act, which established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the permanent House Committee on Science and Astronautics, the forerunner of the present Committee on Science and Technology. The Scie

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Coming up this week:Full Committee Hearing: "The Future of Forecasting: Building a Weather-Ready Nation on All Fronts"Th...
10/12/2021

Coming up this week:
Full Committee Hearing: "The Future of Forecasting: Building a Weather-Ready Nation on All Fronts"
Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 11:00am EDT
Watch online: https://science.house.gov/hearings/the-future-of-forecasting-building-a-weather-ready-nation-on-all-fronts

Coming up this week:
Full Committee Hearing: "The Future of Forecasting: Building a Weather-Ready Nation on All Fronts"
Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 11:00am EDT
Watch online: https://science.house.gov/hearings/the-future-of-forecasting-building-a-weather-ready-nation-on-all-fronts

Yesterday, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) opened its call for nominations to buil...
10/08/2021
Chairwoman Johnson Applauds Start of National Academies Study on Advancing Anti-Racism in STEM Organizations | House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Yesterday, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) opened its call for nominations to build an interdisciplinary committee of distinguished individuals that will conduct a consensus study on “Advancing Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM Organizations.” The study, which was requested by Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson in 2020, will review the literature on bias and racism in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workplaces; approaches to increase racial and ethnic diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in STEM organizations; and offer best policies and practices for DEI and anti-racism initiatives, as well as outline goals for relevant, future research and for organizational strategic planning.

“I am very glad NASEM has officially started the process of forming this critical committee to study the influence of racism in STEM organizations,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “The recommendations that come from this study will be vitally important in helping advance our work to eliminate racism in STEM, which has done incalculable harm not just to individuals, but to our nation’s capacity to innovate. We must do everything we can to address systems that perpetuate inequities wherever they exist. That is why I requested this study last year. As Chairwoman of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, it is a key priority of mine to ensure that people of all backgrounds are free to pursue careers in STEM fields, and this study can play an important role in making such a future possible for all our young people.”

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Did you keep up with the Science Committee this week? Check out our newsletter on medium! Sneak peak: A recap of our hea...
10/08/2021
Week in Review — 10.8.21

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Sneak peak: A recap of our hearing hearing on Research Security in the U.S. - a joint hearing chaired by Representative Haley Stevens and Bill Foster!

Research Security in the U.S.

Read Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's Full Statement from today's House Science Joint Investigations & Oversight and R...
10/05/2021
Balancing Open Science and Security in the U.S. Research Enterprise | House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Read Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's Full Statement from today's House Science Joint Investigations & Oversight and Research & Technology Subcommittee Hearing titled: “Balancing Open Science and Security in the U.S. Research Enterprise”

“There is an important conversation going on within the research enterprise about legitimate risks to U.S. research. Undue foreign influence compromises the integrity and security of taxpayer funded research. This Committee, on a bipartisan basis, has long been focused on how to mitigate these risks while preserving all that is best about our open research environment.

"I am proud of this Committee’s bipartisan work to advance forward-looking, bold reauthorization bills for our major science agencies. The House-passed set of innovation legislation and elements of the Senate’s United States Innovation and Competition Act represent a once in a generation opportunity to rightsize our investment in R&D. I am committed to working with our colleagues in the Senate to get those bills enacted this year.”
-Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

Read the Full Statement and watch the hearing: https://science.house.gov/hearings/balancing-open-science-and-security-in-the-us-research-enterprise

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Read Representative Haley Stevens Full Statement from today's House Science Joint Investigations & Oversight and Researc...
10/05/2021
Balancing Open Science and Security in the U.S. Research Enterprise | House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Read Representative Haley Stevens Full Statement from today's House Science Joint Investigations & Oversight and Research & Technology Subcommittee Hearing titled: “Balancing Open Science and Security in the U.S. Research Enterprise”

“Our global leadership in research and development has long been a point of national pride for the United States, and I am especially proud of Michigan’s rich history of being a leader in groundbreaking scientific research.

We have built the world’s most successful research enterprise based on the values of openness and transparency, which closely aligns with our democratic principles in the United States. Maintaining our nation’s competitive edge in research depends on our commitment to equipping our greatest minds with the resources they need to continue to lead on the global stage. Our leadership also depends on our ability to identify, understand, and address emerging risks to the nation's research enterprise.”
-Representative Haley Stevens

Read the Full Statement and watch the hearing: https://science.house.gov/hearings/balancing-open-science-and-security-in-the-us-research-enterprise

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Read Chair Bill Foster's Full Statement from today's House Science Joint Investigations & Oversight and Research & Techn...
10/05/2021
Balancing Open Science and Security in the U.S. Research Enterprise | House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Read Chair Bill Foster's Full Statement from today's House Science Joint Investigations & Oversight and Research & Technology Subcommittee Hearing titled: “Balancing Open Science and Security in the U.S. Research Enterprise”

“Collaboration is the lifeblood of scientific discovery. Scientists build upon one another’s work, across time and around the globe. Openness in science allows reproduction and replication of work, increasing the reliability of conclusions and building public trust. It fosters cooperation across disciplines, brings in new perspectives, and sparks ideas that wouldn’t come from one solitary lab, or even one country.

“The #COVID19 pandemic has driven home the importance of international collaboration in science. In those early months, before the virus had been detected on our shores, American scientists and health authorities were dependent upon researchers in impacted countries to share what they knew about the virus, how it spread, and how it killed. Over a year in, collaboration with international partners is still vital to detect emerging variants as early as possible and assess vaccine efficacy. International problems require international solutions. And there are real costs to closing off your research from the rest of the world.”
-Chairman Bill Foster

Read the Full Statement and watch the hearing: https://science.house.gov/hearings/balancing-open-science-and-security-in-the-us-research-enterprise

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10/01/2021
Week in Review — 10.1.21

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SNEAK PEAK: “The problem of misinformation is not a new one, but social media has fanned the flames, and it is now difficult to imagine political and social discourse untouched by its influence.”
- Chairman Bill Foster (D-IL) of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight
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RELEASE: Chairs Eddie Bernice Johnson and Congressman Don Beyer Congratulate NASA on the Successful Launch of #Landsat 9...
09/27/2021
Chairs Johnson and Beyer Congratulate NASA on the Successful Launch of Landsat 9 | House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

RELEASE: Chairs Eddie Bernice Johnson and Congressman Don Beyer Congratulate NASA on the Successful Launch of #Landsat 9

(Washington, DC) – Today, Landsat 9, a joint National Aeronauts and Space Administration (NASA) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) satellite mission, successfully launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The Landsat program is the longest-running spacecraft series for acquisition of satellite imagery; it’s 49 years of providing continuous imagery of Earth’s land surface has transformed the field of Earth science. Landsat data, which are free and available to the public, have “transformed scientists’ understanding of regional, national, and global-scale changes in land use and land cover, providing information for sectors including agriculture, forestry, urbanization, hydrology, and homeland security and disaster mitigation.”
“It has never been more important for the United States to maintain its leadership in Earth science,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “Accomplishments in Earth science, thanks in part to data from the Landsat program, have enabled us to build a strong understanding of our planet and how it is changing, especially as we work to address the impacts of climate change. NASA plays a vital role in addressing the climate crisis, and this program is a great example of collaboration across the government in that effort. Landsat 9, in partnership with its sister satellite Landsat 8, will give the United States the ability to monitor Earth’s land surface changes on a regional, national, and global-scale. Over the past five decades, Landsat data have monitored land use changes, agricultural trends, and the impacts of extreme weather events and climate change—benefiting our economy, our preparedness for natural disasters, and our scientific understanding of our Earth system. I extend my congratulations to the teams at NASA and USGS for the success of today’s Landsat 9 launch. I look forward to seeing the satellite images released over the next several months and working with my colleagues to use the forthcoming knowledge as we take action to protect our planet and its people.”
“Landsat 9 will be a key component of the Landsat program for years to come, providing us with vital information about our own planet, including the effects human behavior has on our planet,” said Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Chairman Don Beyer (D-VA). “The information we get from this program is critical for informing our strategy to fight climate change, save key species, and protect the environment. This is an important accomplishment for NASA, and I congratulate their team for today’s successful launch.”

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Coming up this week: Tuesday, September 28 at 10am: The Disinformation Black Box: Researching Social Media Data”https://...
09/27/2021

Coming up this week:
Tuesday, September 28 at 10am: The Disinformation Black Box: Researching Social Media Data”
https://science.house.gov/hearings/the-disinformation-black-box-researching-social-media-data
Wednesday, September 29 at 10am: Members’ Day Hearing: House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
https://science.house.gov/hearings/09/27/2021/members-day-hearing-house-committee-on-science-space-and-technology

Coming up this week:
Tuesday, September 28 at 10am: The Disinformation Black Box: Researching Social Media Data”
https://science.house.gov/hearings/the-disinformation-black-box-researching-social-media-data
Wednesday, September 29 at 10am: Members’ Day Hearing: House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
https://science.house.gov/hearings/09/27/2021/members-day-hearing-house-committee-on-science-space-and-technology

Read Chair Eddie Bernice Johnson Full Statement from today's House Science Subcommittee on Environment hearing titled, “...
07/21/2021
Silent Killer: The Rising Problem of Extreme Heat in the U.S. | House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Read Chair Eddie Bernice Johnson Full Statement from today's House Science Subcommittee on Environment hearing titled, “Silent Killer: The Rising Problem of Extreme Heat in the U.S.”

"According to state medical examiner, the extreme temperatures since this June killed over one hundred people in Oregon alone. Because attributing fatalities to heat is so difficult, the actual heat-related death toll is likely much higher.
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Beyond events like last month’s “heat dome”, dangerous temperatures are a constant concern for many Americans. One year ago, we held a hearing to discuss the intersection of #COVID19, extreme heat, and environmental justice, highlighting the unequal threat from urban heat islands."
- Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

Read the Full Statement and watch the hearing: https://science.house.gov/hearings/silent-killer-the-rising-problem-of-extreme-heat-in-the-us

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Read Chair Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill Full Statement from today's House Science Subcommittee on Environment hearing ti...
07/21/2021
Silent Killer: The Rising Problem of Extreme Heat in the U.S. | House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Read Chair Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill Full Statement from today's House Science Subcommittee on Environment hearing titled, “Silent Killer: The Rising Problem of Extreme Heat in the U.S.”

“Extreme heat is one of the clearest signals of global warming, with climate change making heat waves longer, more frequent, and more intense. Extreme heat often occurs alongside drought, wildfires, and other climate-fueled disasters. We are seeing this firsthand in the West, which is currently suffering from a historic drought period, and an early and brutal wildfire season.”- Chairwoman Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill of the Subcommittee on Environment

Read the Full Statement and watch the hearing: https://science.house.gov/hearings/silent-killer-the-rising-problem-of-extreme-heat-in-the-us

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Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Ranking Member Congressman Frank Lucas Emphasize Continued Need for Effective Spect...
07/19/2021
Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Emphasize Continued Need for Effective Spectrum Management after Release of GAO Report | House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Ranking Member Congressman Frank Lucas Emphasize Continued Need for Effective Spectrum Management after Release of U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report

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(Washington, DC) – Today the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report, Spectrum Management: Agencies Should Strengthen Collaborative Mechanisms and Processes to Address Potential Interference. The report, which was requested by Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas in December of 2019, examined how spectrum interference concerns were treated during the design of the Federal Communications Commission’s 24 GHz spectrum auction, how the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) assess and communicate their spectrum concerns to ensure science equities are adequately protected, and how scientific analyses are currently conducted to resolve questions about potential interference with federal spectrum users.

“I thank the GAO for its hard work in preparing this report. It makes clear that a number of federal agencies have a lot of work to do,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “We need a coordinated, whole-of-government approach to spectrum management which enables U.S. telecommunications leadership without threatening earth and space science observations. This approach must assure the integrity and availability of spectrum for the next generation of weather forecasting and radioastronomy, as well. As we move forward, we must actively seek out and consider the needs of all spectrum stakeholders, big and small. I look forward to working with Ranking Member Lucas and my colleagues in other Committees on strategies that will help protect the spectrum requirements of science users.”

"It’s critical that we have a workable process in place to manage disputes about how we allocate spectrum frequencies, but this GAO report makes it clear that there are significant gaps in how federal agencies work together to resolve these conflicts," said Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK). "The demands on our spectrum use are only going to grow as 5G deployment expands and the Internet of Things grows. All stakeholders, from federal agencies to private companies, need a spectrum allocation process that is fair, transparent, and provides certainty for decision making, particularly as we negotiate internationally over spectrum issues. This report provides a good framework for the actions we must take to ensure we’re taking a deliberative and scientific approach to balancing all of our spectrum needs."

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