In the Washington Watch article in the May issue of BioScience, Robert Gropp reports on current federal science policy deliberations related to funding for various areas within the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics enterprise.

Following is a brief excerpt from the article:

"For years, members of the scientific community have sounded alarm bells warning of a decline in the competitiveness of US research, development, and education systems. During the past year, taking note of high-profile innovation initiatives from Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA), the National Academies' report Rising Above the Gathering Storm, and the president's "American Competitiveness Initiative" (ACI), some in the scientific community have come to feel that the alarms have been heard. Others remain concerned, however, that the scope of emerging policy initiatives is artificially narrow and focused too tightly within specific disciplinary boundaries."

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