Jennifer Nicoll Victor


National Science Foundation Update

This week the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology, which resides within the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, held a markup session on the FIRST Act of 2014 (Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology).  Among other things, this bill provides authority for the National Science Foundation.  The initial draft of this bill… Read more »

Did the CBO just kill Obamacare?

On Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office released a report that estimates, among other things, that enough Americans will reduce their work hours, or leave the workforce, to be equivalent to 2 million Americans leaving the workforce because they can obtain health insurance through the ACA (i.e., Obamacare) rather than from an employer. Republicans are saying… Read more »

How Goes the House GOP’s War on Political Science?

There are a number of moving legislative targets that relate to federal funding of social science research. In this post, I summarize these legislative targets and the latest happenings related to each. Target #1: Appropriations Funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) The so-called “Coburn Amendment” that restricted NSF funding for political science in spring… Read more »

Political Science Turns to the Political Science Research on Restoring One’s Grant Money

Of all the sciences to be subject to congressional restrictions on what research can and can’t be funded by the National Science Foundation, congress may have chosen the worst possible science to pick on. It turns out we’ve dedicated significant research attention over the course of decades (and millions of NSF dollars) to understand how… Read more »

What’s Really Holding Women Back?

Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In, is receiving all kinds of attention and reviews—and it’s not even out yet.I’m blogging about it and I haven’t read it yet. But I think it has something important to say. Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and regularly listed as one of the wealthiest and most… Read more »