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Vol. 2007, No. 4 ( 30 March 2007)

1) CAPITOL HILL WATCH

  • Health IT Becomes Low Priority For 110th Congress
  • House Science Committee Approves Legislation Strengthening Math & Science Education
  • Hearings of Possible Interest
  • New Bill Expands Renewable Fuel Sources
  • House Passes Budget Resolution, Funding the Innovation Agenda: A Commitment to Competitiveness to Keep America #1

2) WHITE HOUSE & EXECUTIVE AGENCY WATCH

  • James Turner Named as NIST Deputy Director

3) REPORTS, SPEECHES & DOCUMENTS OF NOTE

  • Government Accountability Office Reports
  • National Science Foundation Reports
  • Report Advocates Global Intellectual Property Harmony
  • WEF's 2006-2007 Global Information Technology Report

4) U.S. COURTS ACTIVITY

5) U.S. STATES WATCH

6) AWARDS & GRANTS

  • Department of Commerce 2007 National Medal of Technology

7) CONFERENCES, FELLOWSHIPS, PROGRAMS & INTERNSHIPS FOR ENGINEERS, and STUDENTS and SCHOLARS OF ENGINEERING

  • 2007 Engineering R&D Symposium
  • National Science Foundation
  • Engineering's Grand Challenges Essay Contest

8) LATEST IEEE-USA & IEEE ACTIVITIES

  • Healthcare Experts to Discuss RFID Technology & Policy Issues at First IEEE International RFID Conference
  • Track IEEE-USA's Progress
  • IEEE-USA In The News

9) U.S. COMPETITIVENESS & INNOVATION: WHO'S DOING WHAT TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE?

10) OTHER ITEMS OF POSSIBLE INTEREST


1) CAPITOL HILL WATCH

  • Health IT Becomes Low Priority For 110th Congress                                                        

 

The camps of both political parties report that health information technology legislation, which Congress came close to passing last year, has fallen to a low priority in 2007.  At a recent congressional forum sponsored by the Erickson Retirement Communities, a company that develops "campus" style living for seniors, the consensus was that time and money would be huge barriers to passing health IT legislation this year. Congressional staff acknowledged that the House probably will not be able to move a comprehensive health IT bill this year because some Food and Drug Administration programs need to be reauthorized, and that work is expected to keep health committees busy until the fall.

In February, Erickson sponsored a nationwide poll showing that many U.S. voters want e-health records but are under the false impression that physicians and hospitals already rely on them. Sixty-four percent of registered voters operate under the misperception that most medical providers have fully implemented electronic medical records, and are thus not demanding faster adoption in the healthcare system.  The reality is that only 10 percent to 20 percent of doctors and hospitals actually have electronic medical records. Despite their acknowledged concerns about identity theft and unauthorized access by marketers. "Seniors in particular think that having [e-records] available in an emergency situation is very important," said Gary Andres, vice chairman of public policy and research at Dutko Research, which facilitated Erickson's survey.

Stakeholders want new legislation to create standards for electronic medical records, as well as provide some kind of incentive to get medical providers to make the initial investment. Physicians and small medical group officials who testified at a March 28th House Small Business Regulations, Healthcare and Trade Subcommittee hearing on the challenges of placing such systems in solo and small practices, claim that they need legislation that grants them money to cover the high upfront and ongoing costs of maintaining health information technology systems. At present, no standards exist to give physicians faith in the expensive IT equipment they are purchasing. Mark Leavitt, a doctor and chairman of the government-sponsored Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology, said many practices "have made serious mistakes when selecting and implementing these products, sometimes losing their investment and even threatening the financial stability of their small businesses."

At the hearing, William Jefferson (D-La.) asked Leavitt, "Should they [the standards] come from us?" Leavitt replied, "I don't think you want to cast standards in law," but the government must sustain funding for outside organizations to collaborate in developing standards.

 

Lynn Kirk, a doctor and president of the American College of Physicians, noted that the initial cost of buying healthcare technology averages about $44,000 per physician, while the average annual cost per physician to maintain the systems is about $8,500. Her organization "strongly believes" Congress should consider laws that add a code into Medicare that reimburses physicians for office visits and other evaluation management services that are facilitated by electronic health systems.

 

For this reason, the College of Physicians supports a bill sponsored by subcommittee Chairman Charlie Gonzalez (D-Texas) that includes additional Medicare payment incentives to ensure that small healthcare providers can afford e-records systems and other health IT systems. At the hearing, Gonzalez said additional grants, loans and refundable tax credits proposed by his legislation "would help defray some of this high upfront costs."

  • House Science Committee Approves Legislation Strengthening Math & Science Education

28 MAR: The House Committee on Science and Technology overwhelmingly passed a bill aimed at inspiring the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, engineers and space pioneers. H.R. 362, the "10,000 Teachers, 10 Million Minds" Science and Math Scholarship Act, is designed to better prepare U.S. math and science teachers to equip students in these subjects.

H.R. 362 is based upon the primary recommendation of the 2005 National Academies', "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" report. A similar bill – H.R. 5358 – cleared the Committee in the 109th Congress. H.R. 362 is supported by a wide spectrum of industry and education groups,  and scientific professional societies, including IEEE-USA.

"This report opened our eyes to the alarming conclusion that America's footing as a global leader is slipping," said Chairman Gordon. "And it gave us recommendations on how to secure our standing. Key among those recommendations – better training and equipping our teachers to teach math and science in grades K-12. This bill acts on what we know needs to be done."

The report found that in 1999, 68 percent of U.S. 8th grade students received math instruction from a teacher with no math certification or degree. It also noted that in 2000, 92 percent of 5th-9th graders were taught physical science by a teacher with no science degree or certification.

H.R. 362 addresses these issues by increasing scholarships for students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and who are committed to pursuing teaching; establishing a teacher education program at the National Science Foundation to encourage education faculty to work with STEM faculty on ways to improve education for math and science teachers; providing in-service training to math and science teachers to improve content knowledge and teaching skills; and authorizing the development of master's degree programs for in-service math and science teachers.

"This bill is one of several I have introduced to insure that our children are not only prepared for the careers of the future, but they are also prepared to compete in those fields with their global counterparts," said Chairman Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.). The Committee also approved H.R. 363, Gordon's Sowing the Seeds through Science and Engineering Research Act, on February 28.

  • Hearings of Possible Interest

1) 28 MAR: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing: "Transitioning to the Next Generation Human Space Flight System" – For the text of witness testimony, see: http://commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=1826

In a recent House Committee on Science and Technology, Dr. Michael Griffin, NASA Administrator, said the President's FY2008 budget request falls $1.4 billion short of the recommended funding in the NASA Authorization Act, passed in 2005.

 

As a long-time supporter of a robust space exploration program, the Committee's ranking member, Ralph Hall (R-Texas), spoke highly of the President's Vision, and noted, "NASA performs best when it has a clear mission.  In the aftermath of the Columbia tragedy we all recognized that NASA needed a new, clearly defined, affordable mission that would take us beyond low Earth orbit.  After careful study, the Administration proposed the Vision for Space Exploration – which I support – and which this Committee and the entire Congress endorsed through the NASA Authorization Act of 2005.  That consensus gives NASA the stable direction it has lacked.

"Since the Vision was first announced, two major financial obstacles have occurred. First, earlier estimates for the remaining Shuttle flights understated the cost by roughly $3 billion.  Second, the five-year budget runout presented at the time the Vision was announced [in 2004] assumed a higher funding profile.  In the years since, the Administration requests for NASA have come in lower, and unfortunately Congress failed to fully fund the FY2007 request.  Everyone bears some blame for the funding shortfalls, but the point I want to stress is that NASA continues to hold to its original schedule for the Vision, but doing it with smaller budgets.  Consequently, the stress on the agency is enormous."

 

Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Ranking Member Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) echoed this sentiment, pointing out that the lack of funding comes at a bad time, with pressures from rival countries' space programs threatening US preeminence.  "Unfortunately, the FY2008 budget request seeks just $17.3 billion for NASA, substantially less than authorized but still with a 3 percent increase that is well above many other agencies within the discretionary budget," Calvert said.  "Nevertheless, this disparity, paired with the Agency's FY2007 appropriations reduction of $545 million, jeopardizes NASA's ability to successfully accomplish its portfolio of missions.  And it comes at a time when other countries, such as China, are eagerly ramping up their own space and aeronautics programs.  Their recent ASAT strike should remind us all that the Second Space Age will be a crowded and competitive."

 

Calvert concluded that NASA is being asked to do too much with insufficient resources, and therefore recommended a bottom line increase in NASA's proportion of the overall federal budget, saying, "For an Agency that has made immense contributions to our quality of life, economy and international relations, the little more than one-half of one percent of the total federal budget investment we are providing is just not sufficient.  NASA stakeholders must stop fighting each other for a larger piece of the NASA pie and work on a securing a bigger overall NASA pie."

 

Recognizing that the budget request falls short of expectations, Administrator Griffin, defended the request, framing the budget in terms of an extremely tight funding environment, saying, "The FY 2008 budget request for NASA demonstrates the President's continued commitment to our Nation's leadership in space and aeronautics research, especially during a time when there are other competing demands for our Nation's resources.  The FY 2008 budget request reflects a stable plan to continue investments begun in prior years, with some slight course corrections."  Griffin concluded, "Overall, I believe that we are heading in the right direction. We have made great strides this past year, and NASA is on track and making progress in carrying out the tasks before us."

2) 28 MAR: House Committee on Science and Technology hearing: "Shaping the Message, Distorting the Science: Media Strategies to Influence Public Policy" - For the text of witness testimony and related documents, visit: http://science.house.gov/publications/hearings_markups_details.aspx?NewsID=1736

3) 22 MAR: Science & Technology Committee, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics hearing: "Future of U.S. Aviation in FAA Budget Hearing" - Press release: "Subcommittee Members Look to the Future of U.S. Aviation in FAA Budget Hearing" http://science.house.gov/press/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=1740

  • New Bill Expands Renewable Fuel Sources

Senators Jeff Bingaman and Pete Domenici, chairs of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced the Biofuels for Energy Security and Transportation Act of 2007 (S.987), a bill to dramatically expand the use of renewable fuels in America over the next two decades. The bill requires America's fuel supply to contain higher amounts of renewable fuels; an increasing portion of the renewable fuels consumed to be advanced biofuels, such as cellulosic ethanol, biobutanol and other fuels derived from unconventional biomass feedstocks; and supports the development of advanced biofuels by increasing Department of Energy funding for bioenergy research and development by 50 percent over fiscal years 2007 to 2009

  • House Passes Budget Resolution, Funding the Innovation Agenda: A Commitment to Competitiveness to Keep America #1

This week, the House passed H.Con.Res.99, the 2008 House Budget Resolution, which, as designed by the Democrats, "takes America in a new direction." Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office says, the $3 trillion budget resolution "is a fiscally responsible budget with the right priorities for America. Included in the Budget Resolution is sustained commitment to R&D and education, investments that are part of our Innovation Agenda: A Commitment to Competitiveness to Keep America #1." Read IEEE-USA's letter to Speaker Pelosi at: http://ieeeusa.org/policy/policy/2007/032707.pdf.

 

Highlights of some of the budget functions are:

 

In Function 250: General Science, Space, and Technology, which includes investments in NSF, NASA (minus aviation) and DOE-Science, the House Budget Resolution provides nearly $2 billion over current services for fiscal year 2008, which is $150 million more than the President's request.

 

In Function 270: Energy, the House Budget Resolution provides $300 million over the President's request for fiscal year 2008.

 

In Function 500: Education, Training, and Employment, the House Budget resolution provides $7.9 billion over the President's request for fiscal year 2008.

The House plan, which Democrats hope to reconcile with the Senate budget resolution by May 1, includes a $1.1 trillion cap on discretionary spending, about $25 billion more than President Bush sought. That's enough to allow inflationary increases in most programs and significant increases in education and veterans' benefits.

H Con Res 99 also projects a $153 billion surplus in fiscal 2012 by strictly adhering to tough new Democratic-imposed pay-as-you-go budget rules that require new mandatory spending and tax cuts to be offset. The budget did not include proposals to control the growth of entitlement programs that are projected to swamp the rest of the budget in coming decades as the baby-boom generation retires.

Republicans offered a more austere plan that would have paid for tax cut extensions by cutting Medicare, Medicaid and other entitlement programs by $279 billion over five years and freezing domestic discretionary spending.

 

The resolution also includes a sense of the House, the text of which is below.

 

SENSE OF THE HOUSE ON THE INNOVATION AGENDA:

A COMMITMENT TO COMPETITIVNESS TO KEEP AMERICA #1.

(a) It is the sense of the House to provide sufficient funding that our Nation may continue to be the world leader in innovation, education, innovation, and economic growth. The budget resolution provides $450 million above the President's requested level for 2008, and additional amounts in subsequent years in Function 250 (General Science, Space, and Technology) and Function 270 (Energy). Additional increase for scientific research and education are included in Function 500 (Education, Employment, Training, and Social Services), Function 550 (Health), Function 300 (Environment and Natural Resources), Function 350 (Agriculture), Function 400 (Transportation), and Function 370 (Commerce ad Housing Credit), all of which receive more funding that the President requested.

(b) America's greatest resource for innovation resides within classrooms across the country. The increased funding provided in this resolution will support important initiatives to educate 100,000 new scientists, engineers, and mathematicians and place highly qualified teachers in math and science K-12 classrooms.

(c) Independent scientific research provides the foundation for innovation and future technologies. This resolution will put us on the path toward doubling funding for the National Science Foundation, basic research in the physical sciences and collaborative research partnerships; and toward achieving energy independence in ten years through the development of clean and sustainable energy technologies.


2) WHITE HOUSE & EXECUTIVE AGENCY WATCH

  • James Turner Named as NIST Deputy Director

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Director William Jeffrey announced the selection of James M. Turner to be NIST Deputy Director. Turner will begin work at NIST on April 16th.

As Deputy Director of NIST, Turner will assist in setting the strategic direction of the U.S. Commerce Department agency responsible for promoting U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology.

Turner, a physicist, currently is an Assistant Deputy Administrator in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) managing the National Nuclear Security Administration's Office of Nuclear Risk Reduction. His current duty is to oversee construction projects in Russia associated with the permanent shutdown of their last three nuclear weapons-grade plutonium-production reactors. The office also is charged with working with foreign governments and international agencies such as the International Atomic Energy Agency to develop policies and procedures to deal with nuclear emergencies.

Prior to that assignment, Turner held several senior management posts at DOE concerned with nuclear weapons safety and assisting the former Soviet republics in securing their nuclear weapons after the fall of the Soviet Union. He also headed the Department's Oakland Operations Office for six years. He holds a Ph.D. degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor's degree in Physics from Johns Hopkins University.


3) REPORTS, SPEECHES & DOCUMENTS OF NOTE
  • Government Accountability Office Reports

Next Generation Air Transportation System: Progress and Challenges in Planning and Implementing the Transformation of the National Airspace System (GAO-07-649T)

22 March 2007 http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d07649t.pdf

  • National Science Foundation Reports

More Female Students Pursuing Science and Engineering Degrees - A new NSF report shows that the American science and technology workforce is undergoing a major demographic shift; more women are participating in university science and engineering (S&E) programs than ever before. The biannual NSF report - Women, Minorities, and Persons With Disabilities in Science and Engineering - provides a broad overview of demographic trends within university S&E programs.

In 2007, the report's overriding theme is that although U.S. science and technology fields remain predominantly male, trends at the university-level indicate this may be changing. Female college enrollment in all fields began to exceed male enrollment in the late 1980s. However, women and men did not participate in S&E programs in equal numbers until 2000. As of 2004, women receive approximately half all bachelor's degrees in S&E fields. Women also have begun to close the gap in master's programs – they now receive 44 percent of all S&E master's degrees, up from 34 percent in 1990. During that same period, the number of male recipients remained fairly steady.

Male students are, however, still more likely to receive doctoral S&E degrees than their female counterparts. Though the number of men receiving S&E doctoral degrees has dropped more than 25 percent over the past 10 years, women still receive only 44 percent of those degrees. Also, the increasing presence of female students has not been equally distributed among S&E majors. Certain S&E fields, including computer science, remain predominantly male. In fact, in recent years, the gap between women and men recipients of bachelor's degrees in the computer sciences has grown. Between 1985 and 2004, the female share of computer science degrees dropped from 37 percent to 25 percent.

Female scientists and engineers also appear to be underrepresented in the workforce and in professional circles – almost three times as many men were employed in S&E occupations in 2003 as women. Men also earn much more than women doing S&E work. The average annual salary for male S&E professionals of all ages and educational backgrounds is $70,000, while the average for women is $49,000. Female S&E professionals in supervisory positions have an average of nine subordinates, while male supervisors have an average of 12.

The demographic shift among younger graduates may represent an opportunity for regions anxious to attract S&E professionals. By providing networking opportunities and resources for female scientists, engineering and technology entrepreneurs, cities and states may be able to create an attractive environment for a growing group that continues to face difficult professional obstacles.

  • Report Advocates Global Intellectual Property Harmony

The International Chamber of Commerce recently released an intellectual property roadmap stating, "More than ever, the chain of national intellectual property laws will only be as strong as its weakest link, and the ability to meaningfully enforce right will be crucial. This will accentuate the need for increased international cooperation.” As commerce increasingly becomes more global, support for the harmonization of intellectual property laws is needed.

"The challenge to the patent system will be to provide for adequate and balanced protection in" the emerging field of nanotechnology, which focuses on the manipulation of matter at the atomic and molecular levels. "This will be absolutely critical in order to promote investments that will be needed to bring these multi-disciplinary technologies to the marketplace," the report added.  To read the report, see: http://www.iccwbo.org/iproadmap/

  • WEF's 2006-2007 Global Information Technology Report

The U.S. is no longer the world's IT leader.  We're not even second or third on the list.  The United States is NUMBER 7!! And that's sad because we were #1 in 2005. Events like this week's theft of 46 million credit card records from a major U.S. retailer, the largest theft of its kind, only highlight this fact.

For the first time, Denmark tops the rankings of The Global Information Technology Report 2006-2007's "Networked Readiness Index," as a culmination of an upward trend since 2003. Denmark's outstanding levels of networked readiness have to do with the country's excellent regulatory environment, coupled with a clear government leadership and vision in leveraging ICT for growth and promoting ICT penetration and usage.

 

Since it was first launched in 2001, the Global Information Technology Report has become a valuable and unique benchmarking tool to determine national ICT strengths and weaknesses, and to evaluate progress. It also highlights the continuing importance of ICT application and development for economic growth. The Report uses the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) to measure the degree of preparation of a nation or community to participate in and benefit from ICT developments. The NRI is composed of three component indexes which assess:


- environment for ICT offered by a country or community;
- readiness of the community's key stakeholders (individuals, business and governments); and
- usage of ICT among these stakeholders.


4) U.S. COURTS ACTIVITY

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5) US STATES WATCH

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Central Texas Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization (CenTex RCIC) announce that the state of Texas has chosen Quantum Logic Devices Inc., an Austin nanotechnology firm, as a recipient of $600,000 funded through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (ETF). Quantum Logic Devices will use the grant to help accelerate the commercialization of its patented nanoelectronic platforms, which will promote knowledge generation in such fields as genomics, proteomics and drug discovery.

"This funding is a strong validation of our vision and will help to bring our revolutionary products to market," said Louis Brousseau, CEO and President of Quantum Logic Devices. "Texas has great resources in both semiconductor electronics and healthcare - the convergence of which represents the future of both industries. Quantum Logic Devices will leverage this legacy with our expertise in nanoscale devices to position Texas as a leader of this exciting new direction."

Quantum Logic Devices, founded in 2000, develops single-electron devices that enable a simpler and less expensive way to analyze DNA, protein and molecular interactions. The company has five U.S. and two international patents describing the fabrication and utility of single-electron transistors, with additional patents pending.

The CenTex RCIC works closely with the Chamber's AusTech Alliance, a group of technology businesses and organizations working to consolidate efforts that strengthen the regional technology sector and to keep Texas globally competitive. The Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), which aims to assist local entrepreneurs with investment opportunities, also works with the CenTex RCIC, ETF and the universities to identify capital for start-ups.

The Texas Legislature created the Emerging Technology Fund  to support emerging-technology research and development activities that are directed toward the creation of a commercializable product. Preference is given to research activities that include higher education institutions in collaboration with private entities. Collaboration among multiple universities and private entities is encouraged.


6) AWARDS & GRANTS

  • Department of Commerce 2007 National Medal of Technology

The Commerce Department is asking for nominations for the 2007 National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest honor awarded by the president to America's leading inventors and technological innovators. Congress established the award, which has been presented each year since 1985.

"The face of competition today is global, and innovation lies at the heart of this competition," Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said. "The National Medal of Technology recognizes American innovators who have made lasting contributions to advancing our global competitiveness, economic prosperity

and quality of life. These pioneers in the amazing world of science and technology are American heroes."

The purpose of the National Medal of Technology is to recognize those who have made lasting contributions to America's competitiveness, standard of living, and quality of life through technological innovation, and to recognize those who have made substantial contributions to strengthening the Nation's technological workforce. By highlighting the national importance of technological innovation, the Medal also seeks to inspire future generations of Americans to prepare for and pursue technical careers to keep America at the forefront of global technology and economic leadership. The advances can include technology used for workforce training and education, management and policy, product and process, and the environment. The deadline for nominations is May 31. For more information, see: http://www.technology.gov/Medal/default.htm

  • AAAS Grant Site

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has a service called GrantsNet Express.  Each week GrantsNet will provide a 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. The weekly emails will include: — New science funding programs, divided into opportunities for postdocs/graduate students and undergraduates — Submission deadlines for funding opportunities scheduled in the upcoming week — New listings of funding for science-related research.


7) CONFERENCES, FELLOWSHIPS, PROGRAMS & INTERNSHIPS FOR ENGINEERS, and STUDENTS & SCHOLARS OF ENGINEERING

  • 2007 Engineering R&D Symposium

Mark your calendar to attend the 5th Annual Engineering R&D Symposium scheduled for Tuesday, May 8, 2007 in Washington, DC. Join leaders from the engineering community to gain firsthand knowledge of the administration's R&D priorities and the potential impact of the President's fiscal year 2008 budget request on the engineering, science and technology community.  Engineers play a critical role in the public policy process, providing expertise and knowledge regarding research and technology issues facing the nation.  The symposium will feature representatives from government, industry and academia, who will participate in panel sessions on innovation, U.S. competitiveness, research and development, and the state of the U.S. engineering enterprise. Contact Kathryn Holmes, Director, ASME Government Relations at holmesk@asme.org for additional information.

  • National Science Foundation

Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) - This program aims to significantly increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents receiving post secondary degrees in the computing disciplines, with an emphasis on students from communities with longstanding under representation in computing: women, persons with disabilities, and minorities. Included minorities are African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. The BPC program seeks to engage the computing community in developing and implementing innovative methods to improve recruitment and retention of these students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Because the lack of role models in the professoriate can be a barrier to participation, the BPC program also aims to develop effective strategies for encouraging individuals to pursue academic careers in computing and become these role models. (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2007/nsf07548/nsf07548.htm)

  • Engineering's Grand Challenges Essay Contest

In thinking about what life will be like on earth in the next 100 years, what do our kids believe are the most critical human needs?  How might engineers contribute to meeting these needs?  These are Engineering's Grand Challenges. The Grand Challenges essay contest is open to individual girls and boys. There are two age categories: grades 6-8 and grades 9-12.  For more information, see: http://www.engineergirl.org/?id=5285


8) LATEST IEEE-USA & IEEE ACTIVITIES

  • Healthcare Experts to Discussed RFID Technology & Policy Issues at First IEEE International RFID Conference

27 MAR, Grapevine, Texas: Healthcare experts discussed the challenges and opportunities of RFID technology in health care and its implications on government policy during the first IEEE International RFID Conference (IEEE RFID 2007). The panel looked at what training and processes must be installed to take advantage of RFID technology; what standards and government regulations need to be developed; and what laws need to be passed, among other topics.

 

Dr. Daniel Engels, program chair, IEEE RFID 2007, and assistant professor and director of the Radio Frequency Innovation & Technology Center at the University of Texas at Arlington, moderated. Dr. Engels is the former director and founder of the MIT Healthcare Research Initiative in Cambridge, Mass., a program designed to employ RFID technology to improve patient safety.

 

"RFID technology is already employed by many healthcare practitioners in a variety of applications," Dr. Engels said. "The discussion about how to incorporate RFID technology in healthcare delivery systems is gaining in volume, as is the debate about how to provide adequate, affordable healthcare. We hope our experts can shine some light on the significant opportunities for RFID technology in the healthcare industry."

 

Panelists included Dr. John K. Stevens, chairman of Visible Assets, Inc., and chair of the IEEE RuBee Standards Working Group; Michael Meistrell, president of Healthcare Informatics & Management Consultancy; and Peter Spellman, co-founder and senior vice president of products and services for

SupplyScape Corp.

 

About IEEE RFID 2007: Sponsored by IEEE-USA, the IEEE New Technology Directions Committee and IEEE Region 5, IEEE RFID 2007 is co-located with RFID WORLD 2007, the largest trade show and exhibition for the worldwide RFID industry, 26-28 March 2007 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas. For more information, see www.ieee-rfid.org.

  • Track IEEE-USAs Progress

Review IEEE-USA's year-to-date progress in working for the IEEE U.S. members at the new IEEE-USA Year-in-Review Web page. Check out what IEEE-USA activities and programs helped the IEEE U.S. members in 2004 at the new IEEE-USA Annual Report online. And find out what's on IEEE-USA's agenda through 2009, with the new, online IEEE-USA Strategic & Operational Plan.

For the IEEE-USA Year-in-Review, go to: http://www.ieeeusa.org/about/yearinreview.asp

For the IEEE-USA Annual Report, go to: http://www.ieeeusa.org/about/Annual_Report/2004.pdf

For the IEEE-USA Strategic & Operational Plan, go to:

http://www.ieeeusa.org/volunteers/strategicplan/index.html

Read a full listing of IEEE-USA lobbying activities on our web site at: http://ieeeusa.com/policy/policy/index.html

  • IEEE-USA In The News

For more IEEE-USA in the News items, see: http://ieeeusa.org/communications/inthenews/default.asp.


9) U.S. COMPETITIVENESS & INNOVATION: WHO'S DOING WHAT TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE?

  • IEEE-USA Resource  Web Page

U.S. Competitiveness: The Innovation Challenge  - A comprehensive list of reports and activities can be found at http://ieeeusa.org/policy/issues/innovation/index.asp


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