Pending legislation to alter the grantmaking process at the National Science Foundation (NSF) “would have an extraordinarily unfortunate effect” on the $7 billion research agency, presidential science adviser John Holdren said today.Holdren’s comments, made at the annual AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy (AAAS publishes ScienceInsider), are the first public reaction from the White House to the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act, a 2-year reauthorization of NSF programs that is expected to be approved this month by the science committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Holdren’s words are consistent with the view of many academic leaders that the bill is part of a broader attack by congressional Republicans on federally funded science.“I think that NSF’s peer-review process has proven itself over the years in a manner that has made it the envy of the world,” Holdren told attendees at the AAAS forum in Washington, D.C. “Everybody else is trying to mimic the success NSF has had from funding research. 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They saw it as pushing NSF in the direction of supporting applied research. Speaking at last year’s AAAS forum, Holdren accused Smith of “adding Congress as reviewers” of NSF grant proposals. Smith said then he was simply “adding a layer of accountability” to ensure that NSF was funding research with the greatest possible chance of fostering economic development, national security, and improving the nation’s health.Smith has reiterated that argument over the past 12 months. In a 9 April letter to a university president, for example, he emphasized that “the FIRST Act does not touch NSF’s merit review process.”But Smith appears to have made little headway with the community. Last week, NSF’s oversight body, the presidentially appointed National Science Board, declared that the FIRST bill “would compromise NSF’s ability” to carry out its mission to fund the best basic research across all areas of science and engineering. In his keynote address, Holdren said “it is critical that the independence and integrity of NSF’s peer-review grantmaking process be protected and preserved. … Those primary focuses of NSF [should] not be refashioned now, after nearly 65 years of success, to fit political preferences of the moment.”After his talk, he fleshed out those comments in response to a question from the audience.“I’m concerned with a number of aspects of the FIRST Act,” he explained. “First of all, it appears aimed at narrowing the focus of NSF-funded research to domains that are applied to various national interests other than simply advancing the progress of science. [I also disagree with] the notion that the NSF director should have to justify to Congress in advance of funding the relationship between the grant and an outcome that would benefit public health or the economy or national security.”He also defended NSF against attacks from Smith and other congressional Republicans relating to individual grants. “The FIRST Act would have an extraordinarily unfortunate effect on an agency that is our broadest funder of basic research across all the scientific and engineering disciplines, including the social and behavioral sciences, which sometimes come in for particular criticism from members of Congress when they read the title of a grant that seems to them frivolous and a waste of taxpayers’ money.”Updated 2 May 2014, 8:31am: The headline and text have been revised to clarify that Holdren did not explicitly call on Congress to reject the FIRST bill, and that his comments were the White House’s first public reaction to the bill, but not its “official” position on the legislation.
Temple’s Haason Reddick reacts after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals during the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) “I don’t want to say that it’s not a projection because they’re all projections, but I felt like it was a pretty easy pick,” Keim said.Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter – / 16 Comments Share “Two for one is a big thing in our room,” Arians said. “When we get a guy who can play two positions equally great, that’s huge for us.“He is a dynamic player. When you put a high motor with a 4.46 [40-yard dash] guy at that size … inside rush, outside rush, he destroyed those guys at the Senior Bowl in the one-on-one pass rushes, but what impressed me more was he’d never done it, but he went and covered the backs one-on-one and nobody caught a pass on him.”The fact that Reddick could play inside doesn’t help Daryl Washington’s case as he looks to make a comeback after his three-year suspension ended with reinstatement this week. Keim was quick to quell any talk of Washington’s future when asked about it on Thursday.“For the last 72 hours I’ve done nothing but stare at college tape and that draft board,” Keim said. “At the appropriate time we’ll address that, but I’ll be honest with you. I haven’t put a lot of thought into it.”Keim said that time to ponder Washington would come after the draft. More immediately, Keim insisted that the Cardinals got as sure of a thing as you could find in the NFL Draft. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Did that factor into the Cardinals’ decision?You’d probably have to watch a second season of “All or Nothing” to answer that question. General manager Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians weren’t offering up that information.“They left the guy that we wanted on the board,” Keim said. “He was one of our top-five highest graded players in this whole draft. Going into this thing this weekend, coach and I talked about it over and over, no way did I anticipate that he would be there at 13. I thought that probably nine, 10 or 11, he’d be off the board.”Regardless of whether the Cardinals are able to land that elusive quarterback of the future this year — and Arians believes there are a couple more good arms still left in this draft — the first round played out nicely if you like picking from an elite crop of defensive players. Eight of the 12 players selecting ahead of Arizona chose offensive players, so Reddick was the fifth defensive player selected in the draft.Keim and Arians raved about his ability to overcome long odds in a powerful backstory. They love his speed, Arians loves the fact that he’s a Temple guy since Arians coached there from 1983-88, and both GM and coach love Reddick’s versatility, with Arians hesitating but still comparing him to Broncos linebacker Von Miller. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — The best-player-on-the-board philosophy won out for the Arizona Cardinals on Day 1 of the NFL Draft when they selected Temple linebacker Haason Reddick at No. 13. Then again, that may not have been the plan.Three spots ahead of Arizona, Kansas City traded up with Buffalo to select Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes. One spot ahead of Arizona, Houston traded up to select Clemson quarterback and national champion Deshaun Watson, meaning three QBs went in the first 12 picks after the Bears traded up to pick Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2.