At a House Committee on Foreign Affairs meeting 9 September 08 members of Congress discussed what the U.S. response should be to Russia’s aggressive actions in Georgia last month. Most members of the Committee acknowledged that some sort of response was necessary to voice U.S. concerns about the possibility of a more aggressive Russian foreign policy, while they also conceded that the U.S. does need Russia’s cooperation on important matters of international security, such as helping to influence Iran’s nuclear ambitions. An interesting debate is being hosted online on this topic by The Economist – click here to link to it.
Tomorrow, the Center for American Progress will be hosting a panel on the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This panel will examine the impact of rising home energy costs on low-income households. It will also explore what Congress and the president can do to strengthen the ability of LIHEAP to provide vulnerable homes with needed assistance this winter while also ensuring that WAP investments reduce costs in future winters.
FAS senior advisor John Millhone (former director of the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs at the U.S. Department of Energy until his retirement in 2003) wrote a paper on these two programs, which can be found here.
I’ll be attending the panel, and will post any interesing notes here afterwards. More information on the event can be found here.
The Federation of American Scientists Biosecurity Project has the following position available:
Job Title: Project Manager for Biosecurity
Location: Washington, D.C.
Salary: Commensurate with experience, generous benefits
Education: Ph.D. or Masters degree considered.
Description: FAS is looking for a smart, energetic individual to help direct a major web-based project using innovative video, multimedia and social networking tools to revolutionize the way biosecurity issues are communicated. The initial work will focus on building and development of an interactive and easy to use web portal. Unique content will be created and updated daily. This project is part of an ambitious FAS program to use web 2.0 principles and new technologies to provide comprehensive information on biological and chemical weapons. It will expand on current FAS work to provide high-quality education material on dual-use awareness by providing a hub for biosecurity information and training.
The individual will help design and build the web portal, create new and unique content to feature, keep it up to date and current, oversee efforts to evaluate its impact, plan and execute future work that expands the scope and utility of the site. The person will also participate in broader FAS work and further existing research programs on biological and chemical weapons.
Candidates should have taken graduate-level courses in biology or chemistry and have knowledge of html, web design, and image/video editing. Familiarity with Flash, MySQL database management, and WordPress blog software is highly desirable but not essential.
FAS professionals are expected to be highly motivated and able to work independently. They are expected to be able to analyze complex issues and summarize findings; communicate clearly, both orally and in writing; have strong organizational skills; be capable of prioritizing work assignments in a heavy workload environment; and possess superior research and information technology skills.
No topics have risen more quickly in recent years than procuring green energy alternatives and combating climate change. How can China and the United States work together to stop global climate change? What can the new U.S. president do to help China become more energy efficient? The Federation of American Scientists will host a symposium to answer these questions at the University of California, Berkeley, on Thursday, 25 September from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm PDT. Continue reading