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Quick Takes: House Panel Approves NSF Increase, Dollars for Athletes in N.C., Harvard Still Waiting for $115M Gift, Dartmouth's Alumni Wars

June 21, 2006
  • The House Committee on Appropriations delivered on President Bush's science wish list Tuesday. Under a bill the panel approved, the National Science Foundation would receive the full $6 billion requested in the American Competitiveness Initiative for the 2007 fiscal year, a $439 million increase over last year. Of that total 2007 appropriation, $832.4 million would go toward science education. The committee also voted for the $104 million requested by Bush for research at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology, and endorsed $175 million over the requested amount for research and space science at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  • Legislation in North Carolina that passed based on claims that it would help the state recruit top students is actually helping pay the tuition of out-of-state athletes at the University of North Carolina system, The Raleigh News & Observer reported.
  • An expected $115 million gift for study of global health issues has filed to materialize, forcing Harvard University officials to delay planned hires and to eliminate some administrative positions, The Financial Times reported. The funds were pledged by Larry Ellison, chairman of Oracle. The Financial Times reported that Ellison -- who once indicated he would add hundreds of millions more to the gift -- stopped talking to Harvard about it in November, pending the outcome of a lawsuit involving Oracle shareholders. Ellison declined to comment on the situation.
  • Dartmouth College alumni are fighting over elections and rules for their alumni association, The New York Times reported. In recent years, several alumni have won seats on the college's board by running unofficial and controversial campaigns and backers of these trustees see possible rules changes as an attempt to squelch their movement.
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