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NSF's Research Initiation Award (RIA) program now has a 1/15 deadline for receipt (NOT postmark). Send proposals to the Proposal Processing Unit, not the program director. The new guide will be available by at least 11/30; old forms (from NSF 88-99) will NOT be accepted. For a copy, send your surface-mail address to, (202) 357-7861, (703) 644-4278 Fax. [Maria Zemankova (, dbworld, 11/4.]

NSF has a new announcement for CISE Postdoctoral Research Associates in Computational Science and Engineering and in Experimental Science. FTP file nsf92120 from or request NSF 92-120 from [grants, 11/9.]

The election removed few incumbents, but about 1/4 of the science-related House committee members will change. George Brown (D-CA) still chairs the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. The VA/HUD/IA Subcommittee will have a new chair, and the Appropriations Committee is also likely to get one. Al Gore's "departure" is the main change in the Senate; Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) may take over as chair of the Science, Technology and Space Subcommittee. Ted Kennedy's Labor and Human Resources Committee also has influence on NSF's budget. [Janice Smith, WHAT'S NEW, 11/6.]

Rep. Rick Boucher is now in charge of Internet oversight, and he intends to participate actively in its HPCC/NREN growth. Boucher is now the most savvy congressman on Internet issues. [Brock N. Meeks (, com-priv, 11/7.]

Allan Bromley, the [lame duck] White House Science Advisor, claims that the National Science Board is exceeding its authority with its Commission on the Future of NSF. NSB's charter envisioned oversight of all government science policy, but the board has always restricted its attention to NSF. Bromley wants national policy left to the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House. [Nature. Janice Smith, WHAT'S NEW, 11/6.]

The Clinton transition team seems willing to respond to public input on The CLINTON@MARIST list may also survive as an information network connected to the White House. [Rick Klau (kr33@lafayacs.bitnet), CARR-L, 11/9.]

"Let me argue that the fastest way to solve a problem is to cheat, i.e., peek, i.e. ask someone who already knows the answer. ... Machines will not BE intelligent if they don't interact with the other intelligent agents ... Sooner or later any intelligent machine will figure out Godel's work, realize that an unknown amount of it's own data on the world is colored by observer bias it cannot detect, and start asking other observers for what THEY see to start comparing notes and calibrating its own perception. It will further realize that funding is uncertain, resources are scarce, other entities would like to disassemble it for parts for their own growth, and that survival depends on developing friends in high places. In short, sooner or later, an intelligent system will become social. There is very strong evidence that THAT algorithm can solve problems which are social in nature (such as survival) that no amount of computing inside the box is ever going to solve." [R. Wade Schuette (, DAI-List, 11/3.]