November 2014 Government & Community Relations Update

Senator Harkin introduces revised Higher Education Action Reauthorization Bill

November 24, 2014
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), out-going chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced legislation on November 20 to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA). The measure builds on the draft bill that Senator Harkin introduced in June.
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University of Oregon partners with the Oregon Economic Development Association in presenting fall conference

November 24, 2014
The University of Oregon entered a new partnership with the Oregon Economic Development Association (OEDA) to help present OEDA’s annual conference in Eugene on October 27 and 28. OEDA is a statewide non-profit organization working to support economic development professionals who are on Oregon's front line in diversifying and expanding Oregon's economy.
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US House Science Committee chair continues campaign to review NSF grants

November 24, 2014
The chair of the US House Science Committee, Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), has continued his campaign to question funding decisions involving the National Science Foundation (NSF) and grants for social, behavioral and economic research. The most recent effort involved the committee making a public records request of NSF to review 30 NSF grants.
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As Congress considers FY2015 funding, Business, higher education groups urge Congress to address the innovation deficit; Oregon chambers of commerce join coalition

November 24, 2014
After returning to Washington after the mid-term elections, Congress has until December 11 to act on the FY15 budget to avoid a government shutdown. Details of what a deal may look like are still being negotiated. Meanwhile, higher education groups and business leaders are calling on Congress to pass an omnibus appropriations bill that would help to close the innovation deficit.
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UO faculty present at Association of Oregon Counties Conference

November 24, 2014
UO faculty presented to policy committees at the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) annual conference in Eugene. UO Professor of Geophysics Doug Toomey presented to AOC’s Public Safety Committee on the importance of investment in earthquake detection and in an earthquake early warning system.
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