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November 2011 




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November 2011

New Releases

Renewable Fuel Standard
Renewable Fuel Standard: Potential Economic and Environmental Effects of U.S. Biofuel Policy
Pre-publication Available

Renewable Fuel Standard evaluates the economic and environmental consequences of increasing biofuels production as a result of Renewable Fuels Standard, as amended by EISA (RFS2). The report describes biofuels produced in 2010 and those projected to be produced and consumed by 2022, reviews model projections and other estimates of the relative impact on the prices of land, and discusses the potential environmental harm and benefits of biofuels production and the barriers to achieving the RFS2 consumption mandate.

Upcoming Meetings

Board on Physics and Astronomy
Beckman Center of the National Academies, Irvine, CA

November 6-7
Board on Physics and Astronomy Fall Meeting
The Board on Physics and Astronomy
Beckman Center of the National Academies, Irvine, CA

November 16-17
Fall Board Meeting
Air Force Studies Board
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CATS Seminar to Cover Netflix Algorithm

newsletterOn November 4, the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics and the Committee on National Statistics will be holding a Joint Seminar on "The Story of the Netflix Prize." Just over five years ago, Netflix offered a prize of $1 million to any team that submitted a new "recommender" algorithm that outperformed the existing system by 10%. Speakers at the Joint Seminar include a member from each of the two teams that surpassed the goal. Read more ...

SSB Quarterly Newsletter

The next issue of SSB's quarterly newsletter Space Studies Board News is set to be released this month. To read past issues or subscribe to the e-newsletter, visit the SSB page.





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