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July 20, 2017
Gender in the Global Research Landscape

August 1, 2017
Jefferson Science Lecture with Dr. Sumant Nigam
Lecture Series

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July 27-30, 2017
Judges conference on forensic science
The Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia Circuit is dedicating its July 27-30 meeting to "The History and Future of Forensic Science," highlighting ground-breaking reports on Forensic Science and Eyewitness Identification, and the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence

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June 16, 2017
Effective Mentoring in STEMM: Practice, Research, and Future Directions
A new Proceedings in Brief summarizes the discussions at a February 2017 workshop to identify successful practices and programs for mentoring students in career pathways in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM).

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June, 2017
New Report
An Assessment of ARPA-E
The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is making progress toward achieving its statutory mission and goals, says a new congressionally mandated Academies report released by the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy.

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June 20, 2017
Workshop on Impacts of Sexual Harassment in Academia
Register for the webcast of the June 20 Workshop on Impacts of Sexual Harassment in Academia. Distinguished scholars, educators, professional society leaders, and policy experts will discuss the prevalence, nature, and impacts of sexual harassment, and the policies, strategies, and practices for addressing sexual harassment in academia.

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June 1, 2017
Senator Jeff Bingaman discusses the Building America's Skilled Technical Workforce report
Watch the Building America's Skilled Technical Workforce report's committee chair, Senator Bingaman, discuss the report's findings and recommendations. The report was released by the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP).

GUIRR webinars
June 15, 2017
Addressing Global Challenges Through Partnership: The Mars, Inc. and UC Davis Relationship
On Thursday, June 15th, the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) will host a webinar with Harold Schmitz, Chief Science Officer at Mars, Inc., and Robert Powell, Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at UC Davis, for a discussion of the longstanding institutional partnership between Mars and UC Davis. Register here…

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May 18, 2017
New Report
Building America's Skilled Technical Workforce
On May 18, 2017, the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy will release a new report on Building America's Skilled Technical Workforce. The release will be accompanied by a morning panel in the NAS building moderated by the Hon. Jeff Bingaman and other committee members. View agenda and register.

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May 23, 2017
Securing Advanced Manufacturing in the United States: The Role of Manufacturing USA
On May 23, representatives from industry, academia, and government will participate in a symposium to examine external reviews of the Manufacturing USA Institutes, an initiative designed to accelerate commercialization, nurture manufacturing innovation, and foster a skilled manufacturing workforce. View agenda and register here.

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New Project
Closing the Equity Gap: Revitalizing STEM Education and Workforce Readiness Programs in the Nation’s Minority-Serving Institutions
A new Board on Higher Education and Workforce study will identify effective practices at Minority Serving Institutions to propel more minority students toward degree attainment in STEM fields and preparation for success in STEM careers. Read more.

Report Release: Fostering Integrity in Research
April 11, 2017
Report Release: Fostering Integrity in Research
On April 11, 2017, the National Academies released a new report on Fostering Integrity in Research. The report examines challenges to scientific integrity facing the research enterprise today, and recommends steps to meet the challenges and better protect integrity in research.  Learn more about this event or view media coverage.

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March 28, 2017
Strategies for Addressing Sexual Harassment in Academic Science, Engineering, and Medicine
On March 28th 2017, the Committee on the Impacts of Sexual Harassment in Academia convened a 1-day workshop in Washington D.C. to discuss policies, strategies, and practices for addressing sexual harassment in academia. See agenda…

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March 27, 2017
A Celebration of Stories of Women in STEMM
On March 27th, the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine hosted an afternoon symposium and reception dedicated to exploring and celebrating some of the vast diversity of stories of women in STEMM. The guest speakers shared personal tales of courage, perseverance, humility, mentorship, and above all, a deep love for STEMM. 

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February  28, 2017
Thriving in the Innovation Economy through Collaborations of Government, Universities, and Industry
GUIRR held a free workshop on February 28, 2017 on building regional collective intelligence to drive innovation and economic growth.
Learn more...

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January 30, 2017
New Study
Next Generation Researchers
A new study will identify ways to improve career opportunities for the Next Generation of Researchers in the Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences. The study reflects concerns voiced in the 21st Century Cures Act (see Science), bolstered by recent findings from researchers using U.S. Census date to examine workforce trends (see Nature).

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January 30, 2017
Identifying the Culprit
On January 6, the Justice Department issued procedures for how the FBI and other department law enforcement agencies should ask eyewitnesses to identify suspects using photo lineups and how federal prosecutors weigh that evidence to avoid erroneous convictions. These guidelines implement several of the recommendations in Identifying the Culprit: Assessing Eyewitness Identification (2014).

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January  27, 2017
IUPAC Young Observer Program
The U.S. National Committee for IUPAC is seeking outstanding U.S. scientists and engineers under the age of 45, with interests and expertise related to the working groups of IUPAC, to travel as Young Observers to Brazil. Learn more…

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December 21, 2016
The Assessment of SBIR and STTR Programs
On Dec. 21, a workshop discussed the findings and recommendations of the report on the SBIR and STTR programs at the Department of Energy, which is the final report of the Committee on Capitalizing on Science, Technology, and Innovation: An Assessment of the Small Business Research Program (Phase II). It provided an opportunity to mark the Committee’s extensive work in documenting the concept and performance of these programs, as well as a look ahead to the future of these programs.

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November 28, 2016
Pakistan-US Grant Accepting Proposals
The Pakistan - U.S. Science & Technology Cooperation Program was accepting jointly developed research proposals in a wide range of focal areas! Max funding: $500,000 (combined Pakistan - U.S.).

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November 17, 2016
Ensuring the Best Presidential Science, Technology, and Medicine Appointments in the New Administration
Policy and Global Affairs has updated the list of key leadership positions in the new Administration to which scientists and engineers bring unique strengths. The list is drawn from Science and Technology for America's Progress: Ensuring the Best Presidential Appointments in the New Administration (2008) and earlier reports by the Committee on Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Public Policy (COSEMPUP). Read the brochure (pdf).

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December 12, 2016
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence: Policy Implications for the Next Decade
On Dec. 12, experts and policymakers gathered to explore the implications of artificial intelligence and robotics in society, looking at economic impacts, ethical and legal considerations, and security implications. The workshop featured keynote addresses by Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, and Arati Prabhaker, head of DARPA. View agenda and register.

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December 6, 2016
The Military as a Pathway to Skilled Technical Jobs
On Dec. 6, an afternoon symposium focused on “The Military as a Pathway to Skilled Technical Jobs” and explored how the Department of Defense could better integrate skills transition in military training and how such training could be better transferred to the civilian workforce. This symposium brought together representatives from government, the military, academia and the private sector. View agenda.

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December 5, 2016
Soils: The Foundation of Life
On World Soil Day (December 5) a workshop entitled, "Soils: The Foundation of Life," encouraged the incorporation of scientific soil concepts by decision makers, members of the public and private sectors, and the general public in decisions at very different scales, from national and state policy to the choices that people make every day.  Learn more and register...

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November 8, 2016
Academies Reading List for the new Congress and Administration in 2017
Want to see a quick snapshot of what we do, and how we help the government? Check out the Academies Reading List which lists our most relevant reports for the new Congress and Administration in 2017 as they contemplate the need to govern this nation after the elections. Click on the any of the titles to view the report and read online for free!

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November 3, 2016
Cedar Rapids Recovering from Late September Flood
Two Resilient America Roundtable pilot communities have had to cope with flooding in recent weeks. Charleston, S.C. is still assessing the damage from the storm surge and flooding that accompanied Hurricane Matthew. Meanwhile, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is well into its recovery from flooding along the Cedar River in late September. Read more...

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November 5-7, 2016
4th Arab-American Frontiers Symposium
On November 5-7, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, the 4th Arab-American Frontiers Symposium bought together young researchers from the United States and MENA countries to explore areas of critical importance to both regions. Watch a video about this event...