What's New @ IEEE-USA - Eye On Washington
Comparing House and Senate Debt Limit Plans - House Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) released competing plans this week to raise the federal debt limit and reduce the need for additional borrowing over the next decade.
Obama Administration Officials and Industry Leaders Unveil Federal Strategy to Promote U.S.-Based Electronics Recycling Market and Jobs - In Austin, Texas, at a certified electronics recycling center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, General Services Administrator Martha N. Johnson, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley were joined by the CEOs of Dell Inc. and Sprint, and senior executives from Sony Electronics to release the Obama Administration’s “National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship” – a strategy for the responsible electronic design, purchasing, management and recycling that will promote the burgeoning electronics recycling market and jobs of the future here at home. The announcement includes the first voluntary commitments made by Dell, Sprint and Sony to EPA’s industry partnership aimed at promoting environmentally sound management of used electronics. The Administration’s strategy also commits the federal government to take specific actions that will encourage the more environmentally friendly design of electronic products, promote recycling of used or discarded electronics, and advance a domestic market for electronics recycling that will protect public health and create jobs.
E. William Colglazier named State Department Science and Technology Adviser - E. William (Bill) Colglazier, recently retired executive officer of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council, has been selected to be the new Science and Technology Adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Colglazier will lead the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary, whose mission is to provide the secretary and other senior State Department officials with scientific and technical expertise in support of the development and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. The post of science and technology adviser was established in response to a recommendation in a 1999 National Research Council report. Colglazier arrived at the National Research Council in 1991 as executive director of the Office of International Affairs. He became executive officer of NAS and the Research Council in 1994 and was named chief operating officer in 2001. From 1983 to 1991, he was professor of physics and directed the Energy, Environment, and Resources Center at the University of Tennessee. He has studied and worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Colglazier's introduction to science policy and Washington came in 1976 when he was selected to be an AAAS Congressional Science Fellow in the office of Congressman George Brown. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1971.
DoD Could Use Force in Cyber War - The Pentagon stated that it "reserves the right" to use military force against cyberattacks in a newly declassified cyberstrategy document. This came in part as a response to the rising specter of cyber sabotage exemplified by the Stuxnet attack on Iran's nuclear program, and to the cybertheft of 24,000 files by a foreign government this past spring. The declassified cyberstrategy outlines five new initiatives that the pentagon will take to increase American cyber security. As part of the efforts, the Pentagon will devote more funding to building its cyberdefenses. Questions remain, however, about what defines an "act of war" in the cyberworld. This follows a May proposal from the White House to update and improve domestic cyber security laws.
IEEE-USA Teams Up with Industry to Promote High-Tech Immigration and Job Creation - Some of world’s top international students earn their advanced high-tech college degrees in the United States, and many would like to remain here. But with an immigration system that makes them wait as long as 10 years for a chance to become permanent residents, many choose to return home or move to a country more welcoming. So the question for the United States is: do we want to educate these brilliant minds and then send them home to compete against us, or do we want to allow them to stay here and contribute to our economy?
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.
National Science Foundation Recent opportunities can be found here.
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.
The ASPIRE Prize The United States announces the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (“ASPIRE Prize”) to recognize young scientists who have demonstrated: excellence in scientific research, as evidenced through scholarly publication; commitment to cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies; and contribution to the year’s selected theme, which for 2011 is green growth. John Wiley & Sons and Reed Elsevier, two of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly scientific knowledge, have generously committed to funding prize money in the amount of $25,000 USD. By recognizing and supporting excellence in scientific research and cooperation among young scientists in the APEC region ASPIRE supports APEC’s mission to:
The ASPIRE Prize is expected to be awarded by Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu at the Joint Ministerial Meeting on Energy and Transportation in September. The winner of the ASPIRE Prize will receive $25,000 USD and a trip to the award ceremony in San Francisco.
Department of Energy Announces Funding for Nationwide Student-Focused Clean Energy Business Competitions - This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will consider applications that propose annual U.S. university-based business creation competitions for student entrepreneurs with business ideas in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration - STEM: Good Jobs Now and for the Future
National Academies - Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics - Science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (STEM) are fundamental aspects of everyone's lives as citizens, consumers, parents, and workers. Providing all students with access to high-quality education in STEM is important to their futures and that of the U.S. What can schools do to meet this goal for their students?
Summer 2011 issue of the CNST News from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST)
National Science Foundation
National Robotics Initiative - The goal of the National Robotics Initiative is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside, or cooperatively with, people. Innovative robotics research and applications emphasizing the realization of such co-robots acting in direct support of and in a symbiotic relationship with human partners is supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): October 01, 2011 (more info and a video of the President discussing the initiative in Pittsburgh)
Government Accountability Office
Congressional Research Service
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