• Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) has launched an investigation into climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann, who has been the target of climate skeptics after the release of emails stolen from the University of East Anglia. Cuccinelli has ordered Mann's former employer, the University of Virginia, to turn over any information relating to state-funded grants Mann applied for or received during his employment at the university. The university has indicated that it will comply with the request to the extent required by law. Many scientists believe that Cuccinelli is conducting a political witch-hunt that has no scientific basis. On 18 May 2010, the AAAS issued a statement calling for the withdrawal of the Attorney General's information request.
  • Representative Allan Mollohan (D-WV), chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, was defeated in his bid for a 15th term in the House of Representatives. Mollohan lost to Mike Oliverio in the West Virginia Democratic primary on 12 May 2010. As chair of the subcommittee, Mollohan oversaw the budgets of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and was quite supportive of federal investments in the biological sciences.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a public meeting on 2 June 2010, in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to solicit comments from interested persons on how the agencies can more effectively collaborate to advance the translation of biomedical research discoveries into approved diagnostics and therapies as well as promote science to enhance the evaluation tools used for regulatory review. For more information, please visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-11008.htm.
  • The Obama Administration released its final strategy for restoring the Chesapeake Bay, as directed by an Executive Order issued by the President in May 2009. The strategy outlines new regulations to restore clean water, implements new conservation practices on 4 million acres of farms, conserves 2 million acres of undeveloped land, and rebuilds oysters beds in 20 tributaries of the bay. Under the plan, federal agencies will be held more accountable and will establish milestones every two years for progress towards environmental goals. Read the restoration strategy at http://executiveorder.chesapeakebay.net/.

 


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