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US senators have been given a demo of high-bandwidth "Internet2" applications, including 3D presentations, a data mining project, a multimedia database, and remote control of a scanning electron microscope. [Chronicle of Higher Ed., 17Oct97. EduP.] (Hitch your wagon to the hot, demo-able technologies. If a concept can be sold to Congress, money will most likely follow. Demos on TV or for business publications may be even more powerful.)

Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI) will be heading a year-long Science Committee study of US science policy. Dr. Ehlers is a physicist and a Fellow of the APS. Newt Gingrich (R-GA), James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), and George Brown (D-CA) have "blessed" the study. [Robert L. Park, WHAT'S NEW, 17Oct97.] (In DC, it would be unusual to have any scientist except a physicist leading a prestigious committee or study. It's not right, it's not fair, it's politics. If computer scientists want equal access, they must become equally active.)

The new bipartisan National Research Investment Act to be introduced 22Oct97 by Senators Phil Gramm (R-TX) and Joe Lieberman (D-CN) will call for a doubling of federally funded civilian research within a decade. The White House is currently saying that there is no opportunity for research growth in its request for FY 99. [Robert L. Park, WHAT'S NEW, 17Oct97.]