The House Science Subcommittee on Research and Technology held a hearing on 14 January 2014 on scientific research at the Smithsonian Institution.  The hearing provided the leadership of the Smithsonian an opportunity to showcase its varied scientific research programs.

Six Representatives attended the hearing: Chairman Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Ranking Member Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Robin Kelly (D-IL), Randy Hultgren (R-IL), and Chris Collins (R-NY).

Lawmakers seemed generally supportive of Smithsonian’s work and asked questions about a diverse array of issues, including:

  • The uniqueness of Smithsonian’s research from the scientific work of other federal agencies;
  • Big data and public access to data from federal scientific collections;
  • Preservation of biodiversity through DNA and seed banks;
  • Funding for climate change research;
  • Measuring outcomes of Smithsonian’s science education programs;
  • Partnerships with private entities on science education;
  • Deaccessioning collections in local museums; and
  • The ability of museums across the country to develop new exhibits.

To watch a recording of the hearing, visit http://science.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-research-and-technology-hearing-scientific-research-smithsonian-more-museum.