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January 2011 


Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences | DEPSNews

January 2011

Recent Reports

Preliminary Observations on Information Technology Needs and Priorities for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: An Interim Report (CSTB)
Released 12.08.10
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Avoiding Technology Surprise for Tomorrow's Warfighter--Symposium 2010 (TIGER)
Released 12.07.10
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Report of the Panel on Implementing Recommendations from New Worlds, New Horizons Decadal Survey (BPA, SSB)
Released 12.17.10
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Evaluation of U.S. Air Force Preacquisition Technology Development (AFSB)
Released 12.29.10
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Reports In the News

first_fourA New Era in Computing Innovation

New Scientist featured a recent DEPS report on the future of advances in computing as single processor performance growth slows:

"The decades-long growth in computer performance will come to a screeching halt without huge changes in software and revolutionary new microchips. That's the stark warning in a new report from the US National Research Council titled "The Future of Computing Performance: Game Over or Next Level?" It's bad news on many levels for a trillion-dollar industry that has become an engine of economic growth".
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Read the DEPS Report: "The Future of Computing Performance: Game Over or Next Level?"

networksHerb Lin Talks to NPR About Wikileaks

Herb Lin, Chief Scientist for the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB), spoke recently to NPR about US government influence on companies affiliated with the Wikileaks Web site.
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Courtesy of Army TimesDEPS Study Responds to Flawed Body Armor Tests

The Army Times reports on a recent NRC letter report outlining "urgently needed" recommendations to improve results in body armor testing. The report was released following controversy over the release of long-awaited new body armor, now only in limited distribution because of failure to meet weight requirements and questions over testing standards.
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Read the DEPS report: "Testing of Body Armor Materials for Use by the U.S. Army--Phase II"

A Stronger, Cleaner America

New Proposed Regulations for Heavy-Duty Vehicle Fuel Efficiency "Heavily Influenced" by DEPS Study  A recent regulatory announcement  by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cites the influence of a recent study by the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems  (BEES).  The proposed regulations represent the first-ever efforts to curb emissions and improve fuel efficiency of buses, semis, work trucks, and other medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Download the full BEES report, or view the Report In Brief (PDF). 

Board Profile: Board on Physics and Astronomy

donshapero_smallCreating Consensus, Driving Discovery

Board on Physics and Astronomy (BPA) Director Don Shapero describes the big questions that astrophysicists and astronomers will try to answer in the next decade, and gives us the scoop on how the BPA has come to play such an influential role in the US astronomy and physics communities.
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Upcoming Meetings

Inaugural Meetings

Human Spaceflight Crew Operations
January 5-7, 2011
Houston, TX
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Planetary Protection Standards for Icy Bodies in the Outer Solar System
January 31-February 2, 2011
Washington, DC
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Ongoing Projects

Review of the 21st Century Truck Partnership, Phase 2
January 31-February 1, 2011
Washington, DC
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The Potential for Light-duty Vehicle Technologies, 2010-2050: Costs, Impacts, Barriers and Timing
February 1-2, 2011
Washington, DC
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Mathematical Science Foundations of Verification, Validation, and Uncertainty Quantification
February 1-2, 2011
Irvine, California
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The Future of Computing Performance: Game Over or Next Level?
February 22, 2011
National Academies' Keck Center
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New LAB Brochure

A new brochure from the Laboratory Assessments Board highlights advantages of NRC lab assessments, and explains the roles of sponsors, committees, and NRC staff. View a PDF version, or order print copies from .


Geophysicists at Work

American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, December 13-17, 2010 at the Moscone Convention Center



Photo by Michael Moloney, Director, Space Studies Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board

ASEB and Global Hawk Drone



global hawk

Members of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) learn about the Global Hawk Drone at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California. This versatile drone, currently being used by NASA to conduct research on hurricane formation, was recommended for development into a "full-fledged scientific platform" by a recent ASEB report.



Video: Cybersecurity and Cyberattack
Watch a video slideshow narrated by Herb Lin, Chief Scientist of CSTB, highlighting major findings of a 2009 report on United States cyberattack capabilities.


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