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Managing for High-quality Science and Engineering at the NNSA National Security LaboratoriesThe FY2010 Defense Authorization Act mandated that the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) task the National Research Council (NRC) to study the quality and management of Science and Engineering (S&E) at three National Security Laboratories: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This report covers the first of two phases tasked to the NRC: it addresses how management at all levels affects the quality of S&E at the laboratories. The report presents a discussion of the effects of the new management contracts, the research base and evolution of the Labs' mission, the relationship between the Labs and the NNSA, and management of science and engineering research at the Labs. The study's second phase will evaluate the actual quality of S&E in key subject areas.
On February 16, the two members of the study committee, Charles Shank (NAS/NAE) and Charles Curtis, presented testimony based on the report to the Strategic Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee.
|Communicating Science and Engineering Data in the Information Age|
The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) communicates its science and engineering (S&E) information to data users in a very fluid environment that is undergoing modernization at a pace at which data producer dissemination practices, protocols, and technologies, on one hand, and user demands and capabilities, on the other, are changing faster than the agency has been able to accommodate. Communicating Science and Engineering Data in the Information Age includes recommendations to improve NCSES's dissemination program and improve data user engagement. This report includes recommendations such as NCSES's transition to a dissemination framework that emphasizes database management rather than data presentation, and that NCSES analyze the results of its initial online consumer survey and refine it over time.
|Effective Tracking of Building Energy Use: Improving the Commercial Buildings and Residential Energy Consumption Surveys |
The Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) and the Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) are used to collect, analyze, and disseminate energy data in the coordination of a comprehensive federal energy plan. Effective Tracking of Building Energy Use: Improving the Commercial Buildings and Residential Energy Consumption Surveys evaluates the designs of these two surveys and recommends updates for each survey based on current and expected future data needs. This book examines ways that the CBECS and the RECS can best take advantage of recent developments in survey methods and ensure the relevance of the data for meeting increased user needs in a world characterized by a rapidly changing energy landscape.
|Assessment of a Plan for U.S. Participation in Euclid |
Assessment of a Plan for U.S. Participation in Euclid evaluates whether a small investment in Euclid (around $20 million in hardware) is a viable part of an overall strategy to pursue the science goals set forth in New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics, a decadal plan for ground- and space- based astronomy and astrophysics. Assessment of a Plan for U.S. Participation in Euclid concludes that the NASA proposal would represent a valuable first step toward meeting one of the science goals (furthering dark energy research) of WFIRST.
|NASA Space Technology Roadmaps and Priorities: Restoring NASA's Technological Edge and Paving the Way for a New Era in Space |
NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) has begun to rebuild the advanced space technology program in the agency with plans laid out in 14 draft technology roadmaps. It has been years since NASA has had a vigorous, broad-based program in advanced space technology development and its technology base has been largely depleted. However, success in executing future NASA space missions will depend on advanced technology developments that should already be underway. Reaching out to involve the external technical community, the National Research Council (NRC) considered the 14 draft technology roadmaps prepared by OCT and ranked the top technical challenges and highest priority technologies that NASA should emphasize in the next 5 years. This report provides specific guidance and recommendations on how the effectiveness of the technology development program managed by OCT can be enhanced in the face of scarce resources.
Bi-Coastal DEPS Committee Meeting in March
The Meeting of the Division Committee on Engineering and Physical Sciences is being held in the Keck Center in Washington, D.C. and the Beckman Center in Irvine, California on March 14-15, 2012.
Open sessions will include presentations on such topics as DEPS portfolio updates and NRC developments, a roundtable with DEPS Board Chairs, communications activities in DEPS and other units, and briefings on DEPS reports, such as CSTB's Strategies and Priorities for Information Technology at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Current Projects on DEPS
On the DEPS home page you'll find a link to Current Projects, showing the latest projects in the last 30 days. There's also a handy link on the page so that you can view all of our current projects within CPS.
March 12-13, 2012
Committee on US Drive
Board on Energy and Environmental Systems
March 28-30, 2012
Reusable Booster System: Review and Assessment Committee
Aeronautics & Space Engineering Board, Air Force Studies Board
March 29-30, 2012
Committee on Alternative Fuel Technologies
April 3-5, 2012
Board on Army Science and Technology
Board on Physics and Astronomy
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