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Vol. 2010, No. 12 (November 2010)

CAPITOL HILL

THE WHITE HOUSE

President Honors Outstanding Early-Career Scientists

White House Climate Change Adaptation Task Force Issues First Report

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITY

USPTO Extends Deadline to Participate in Green Technology Pilot Program

FCC Announces Formation of the Technological Advisory Council

Free NIST Software Tool Boosts Detection of Software Bugs

Commerce Seeks Comment on Protecting Copyrighted Works on the Internet

LATEST IEEE-USA & IEEE ACTIVITIES

U.S. STATES

AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS

IEEE-USA 2012 Government Fellowships

WISE 2011 Internships - Apply for WISE 2011

REPORTS, DOCUMENTS OF NOTE & INFO RESOURCES

New Commerce Department Report Shows Broadband Adoption Rises Though 'Gap' Persists

U.S. Census Bureau to Provide Insight into Nation's Population with Upcoming Data Releases

The First All-Digital Science Textbook


CAPITOL HILL

Recess ends on November 15th.


THE WHITE HOUSE

President Honors Outstanding Early-Career Scientists

President Obama named 85 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

White House Climate Change Adaptation Task Force Issues First Report

The Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, co-chaired by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), released its interagency report outlining recommendations to President Obama for how Federal Agency policies and programs can better prepare the United States to respond to the impacts of climate change. 


FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITY

USPTO Extends Deadline to Participate in Green Technology Pilot Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that the deadline for filing petitions under the USPTO’s Green Technology Pilot Program is being extended until Dec. 31, 2011. The program allows for expedited processing of patent applications related to green technology and was originally set to expire on Dec. 8 of this year.  

FCC Announces Formation of the Technological Advisory Council

The FCC announced the formation of the Technological Advisory Council. The Council, comprised of a diverse array of leading technical experts, will help provide the technical expertise the Commission needs to identify important areas of innovation and develop informed technology policies supporting America’s competitiveness and job creation in the global economy.

Free NIST Software Tool Boosts Detection of Software Bugs

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have released an updated version of a computer system testing tool that can cut software development costs by more efficiently finding flaws.

Commerce Seeks Comment on Protecting Copyrighted Works on the Internet

The U.S. Commerce Department's Internet Policy Task Force issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking comment from all interested stakeholders on the protection of copyrighted works online and the relationship between copyright law and innovation in the Internet economy. Commerce has made it a top priority to ensure that the Internet remains open for innovation.  The initiative on Copyright Policy, Creativity and Innovation in the Internet economy seeks to identify policies that will:

  • Generate benefits for rights holders of creative works accessible online and make recommendations with respect to those who infringe on those rights;
  • Enable the robust and free flow of information to facilitate innovation and growth of the Internet economy; and
  • Ensure transparency and due process in cooperative efforts to build confidence in the Internet as a means of distributing copyrighted works.

LATEST IEEE-USA & IEEE ACTIVITIES

  • Public Policy Priority Issues (111th Congress, 2nd Session, 2010)

  • Public Policy Position Statements on issues deemed to be of concern to or affecting IEEE's U.S. members. The statements make specific public policy recommendations for the consideration of Congress, the Executive Branch, the Judiciary, representatives of State and Local Government, and other interested groups and individuals, including IEEE members.

IEEE-USA E-Books - To see the latest E-Books, visit our online catalog which includes the 2010 IEEE-USA Salary & Fringe Benefits Survey, the 2010 Profile of IEEE Consultants and two new GovDocs.

Have an Idea For an IEEE-USA E-Book? - If you've got an idea for an e-book that will educate your fellow IEEE members on a particular topic of expertise, e-mail your e-book queries and ideas to IEEE-USA Publishing Manager Georgia Stelluto.


U.S. STATES

Stateline.org - If you like to keep up with what's going on in state politics, StateLine.org provides a good overview of the activities in all 50 state legislatures. Stateline.org's annual report on state trends and policy, "State of the States 2009" is now available. The report is full of helpful graphics and maps, in addition to reports on the most significant developments in the 50 states.


AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS

National Science Foundation Recent opportunities include:

Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI): MRI serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, museums, science centers, and not-for-profit organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use are encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at academic institutions. Full Proposal Deadline Date:  January 27, 2011; 4th Thursday in January thereafter

WISE 2011 Internships - Apply for WISE 2011

The application period for the summer 2011 program is open All application forms for all of the sponsoring societies are available online here. The deadline for 2011 applications is 31 December 2010.

IEEE-USA 2012 Government Fellowships

Each year, IEEE-USA sponsors three government fellowships for qualified IEEE members.  The fellows - chosen by the IEEE-USA Government Fellows Committee and confirmed by the Board - spend a year in Washington serving as advisers to the U.S. Congress and to key U.S. Department of State decision-makers. Known as either a Congressional Fellowship or an Engineering & Diplomacy Fellowship, this program links science, technology and engineering professionals with government, and provides a mechanism for IEEE's U.S. members to learn firsthand about the public policy process while imparting their knowledge and experience to policymakers. 2012 Application materials are now available. Deadline is 18 March 2011.

Application Kit for 2012 Congressional Fellowship

Application Kit for 2012 Engineering & Diplomacy (State Department) Fellowship

AAAS GrantsNet Express - A weekly American Association for the Advancement of Science listing of science funding opportunities from private foundations and organizations, and new U.S. government grant announcements in the sciences. AAAS will send GrantsNet by e-mail to AAAS member subscribers.

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solicitations - The majority of EERE financial opportunities are for business, industry, and universities.

Grants.gov - The President's 2002 Fiscal Year Management Agenda established grants.gov as a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs. The site provides access to approximately $400 billion in annual awards. Most agencies, such as the DOE's Office of Science, use only grants.gov to list all funding opportunities. Other funding opportunities of interest include the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and NASA.

AAAS: Communicating Science, Tools for Scientists & Engineers - Scientists and engineers who foster information-sharing and respect between science and the public are essential for the public communication of and engagement with science. Although traditional scientific training typically does not prepare scientists and engineers to be effective communicators outside of academia, funding agencies are increasingly encouraging researchers to extend beyond peer-reviewed publishing and communicate their results directly to the greater public. In response to this need in science communications, the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology has partnered with the National Science Foundation to provide resources for scientists and engineers, both online and through in-person workshops to help researchers communicate more broadly with the public.


REPORTS, DOCUMENTS OF NOTE & INFO RESOURCES

New Commerce Department Report Shows Broadband Adoption Rises Though 'Gap' Persists

The Department of Commerce's Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a new report that analyzes broadband Internet access and adoption across the United States. Digital Nation II– the most comprehensive study of its kind – finds that socio-economic factors such as income and education levels, although strongly associated with broadband Internet use, are not the sole determinants of use. Even after accounting for socioeconomic differences, significant gaps remain along racial, ethnic and geographic lines.

U.S. Census Bureau to Provide Insight into Nation's Population with Upcoming Data Releases

On December 6, the Census Bureau will release a set of national population estimates called Demographic Analysis that are based on historical data of births, deaths and estimates of in- and out-migration. Later in December, the Census Bureau will release the first-ever set of five-year American Community Survey (ACS) data. These detailed data are essential to the understanding of our nation and our ability to make informed decisions about the future of our communities.

The First All-Digital Science Textbook - http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/10/wilson-free-biology-textbook/

Government Accountability Office

H-2B Visa Program: Closed Civil Criminal Cases Illustrate Instances of H-2B Workers Being Targets of Fraud and AbuseGAO-10-1053, September 30, 2010 Summary (HTML)   Highlights Page (PDF)   Full Report (PDF, 18 pages)   Accessible Text

Critical Infrastructure Protection: DHS Efforts to Assess and Promote Resiliency Are Evolving but Program Management Could Be StrengthenedGAO-10-772, September 23, 2010 Summary (HTML)   Highlights Page (PDF)   Full Report (PDF, 46 pages)   Accessible Text   Recommendations (HTML)

Intellectual Property: Agencies Progress in Implementing Recent Legislation, but Enhancements Could Improve Future PlansGAO-11-39, October 13, 2010 Summary (HTML)   Highlights Page (PDF)   Full Report (PDF, 41 pages)   Accessible Text Recommendations (HTML)

America COMPETES Act: It Is Too Early to Evaluate Programs Long-Term Effectiveness, but Agencies Could Improve Reporting of High-Risk, High-Reward Research PrioritiesGAO-11-127R, October 7, 2010 Summary (HTML)   Full Report (PDF, 36 pages)   Accessible Text   Recommendations (HTML)

Space Acquisitions: Challenges in Commercializing Technologies Developed under the Small Business Innovation Research Program. GAO-11-21, November 10. Highlights

National Academies

Technology for a Quieter America - A new study by the National Academy of Engineering suggests the EPA and the Labor Department should monitor and lower Americans' exposure to noise.

Fall 2010, The Bridge "Climate Change" - The Bridge presents thoughtful opinion and analysis on engineering research, education, and practice; science and technology policy; and the roles of engineering and technology in all aspects of society. The intent is to stimulate debate and dialogue within the NAE membership and the broader outside community of policymakers, educators, business leaders and other interested citizens.


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