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The government shutdown that threatened the nation’s scientific enterprise, interrupting activities of federal science agencies, ended Monday evening.
As Congress begins reshaping President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal, the American Association for the Advancement Science has launched an interactive resource to help keep track of congressional appropriations decisions and their impact on research and development spending levels.

Key areas of U.S. science could be crippled over the next five years and states such as California, Texas, and Virginia could lose billions of dollars in federal research and development funds unless Congress acts in its post-election lame duck session to prevent automatic budget cuts in January, according to a new AAAS analysis released yesterday.

Congress is strongly committed to research and development spending, but historic budget deficits will require an intensive cost-consciousness and compromise from scientists, U.S. Representative Lamar Smith told a AAAS audience.

Control of the Internet, the role of private philanthropy in U.S. research and innovation, the changing patent landscape, and whether environmental regulations hurt the economy are among the topics to be discussed at the 38th annual AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy.

The Forum, the premier gathering for those interested in the intersection of policy with science and technology, will be held on Thursday and Friday, May 2-3, 2013, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.