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January 24, 2017
Making and Makerspaces in Education: Resources for Innovative Learning

January 24, 2017
Jefferson Science Fellowship Lecture with Dr. Barrett Caldwell

February 9-10, 2017
Effective Mentoring in STEMM: Practice, Research, and Future Directions

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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. The deadline for the application is January 27. Learn more and apply…

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January 24, 201
Making and Makerspaces in Education: Resources for Innovative Learning
On Tuesday, January 24th, the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable will host a webinar to consider guiding questions and important resources for thinking through the design, organization, and management of an educational makerspace with Jessica Parker, Director of Community and Learning , and Stephanie Chang, Director of Programs, both from Maker Education Initiative. Registration.

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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 Now Accepting Proposals
The Pakistan - U.S. Science & Technology Cooperation Program is now accepting jointly developed research proposals in a wide range of focal areas! The deadline to apply is January 13, 2017. 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...

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October 12, 2016
New Extreme Event game - Earthquake!
The award-winning Extreme Event game, developed by ResilientAmerica and the Koshland Science Museum, is back with an all-new scenario: Earthquake! This role-playing game gives players a taste of what it takes to prepare for and respond to an earthquake. All game materials are free. Check out the three games: Hurricane, Flood, and Earthquake. See for details.

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October 14, 2016
PEER Grant now accepting pre-proposals
Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) is now accepting pre-proposals. PEER is a competitive grants program that funds scientists in developing countries working in cooperation with their U.S. government-supported colleagues. Those interested were encouraged to attend the November 9 webinar describing eligibility requirements and the application process. Learn more…

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October 28, 2016
Public Symposium on Semantic Interoperability at Scale
The Board of Research Data and Information (BRDI) organized a public symposium, Semantic Interoperability at Scale, on Friday, October 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. 

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July 31 - August 2, 2016
U.S. - Finland Workshop on Mathematics Education
Video recordings are available from the Workshop on Supporting Mathematics Teachers and Teaching in the United States and Finland, a bilateral meeting of U.S. and Finnish mathematics educators, attended by 30 mathematics professionals in-person and approximately 70 virtually.

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September 20, 2016
Recent Presentation from STS Director Jerry Miller
On September 20th, Science and Technology for Sustainability Director Jerry Miller moderated a plenary panel of experts on Comparative Environmental Management at the Global Marine Sustainability meeting in Scotland. Watch his remarks.

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October 14, 2016
The Labor Market and Human Resource Management Implications of Entrepreneurship
How do entrepreneurial firms affect human resource management and related labor market outcomes? On October 14, hear from leading labor and employment relations scholars on a topic of growing interest to policymakers, business leaders, and academics. View Agenda and Register

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New Study
Housing, Health, and Homelessness: Evaluating the Evidence
The first committee meeting for the study, Housing, Health, and Homelessness: Evaluating the Evidence, was held on October 4. During the open session, panel discussions addressed a variety of perspectives on housing, health, and homelessness. 

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New Project
Scientific Input to Global Policymaking
The InterAcademy Partnership – the global network of national science, medical and engineering academies – today launched a new three-year project on scientific advice for global policymaking. The project will explore how to strengthen scientific input to the United Nations, governments, and other stakeholders aimed at achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Read more

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August 2016
Committee on Human Rights Celebrates 40 Years
The Committee on Human Rights (CHR) is celebrating its 40th anniversary (see timeline). CHR’s advocacy has helped to resolve the cases of hundreds of scientists, engineers, and health professionals subjected to severe repression for practicing their professions or for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression. For more information, view the CHR infographic and missions handout.

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July 27, 2016
Cycle 18 Begins: U.S. - Egypt Science and Technology Joint Fund
The new cycle of the U.S. - Egypt Science and Technology Joint Fund launched on July 27, 2016. Proposals for U.S. – Egypt S&T Collaborative Research Grants and Egyptian Junior Scientist Development Visit Grants will be accepted until the deadline of 11:59 pm Cairo time on September 27, 2016. Get more information on eligibility, application instructions, and how to apply.

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July 1, 2016
Applications Being Accepted for Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship
Applications for the 2017 session of the Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program are being accepted until September 6, 2016. The program gives early-career individuals the opportunity to spend 12 weeks in Washington, D.C., learning about science and technology policy.

Integrating Humanities
July 20, 2016
New Study
Integrating the Humanities, Arts, and STEM in Education
A new study will examine evidence of the impact of college and university educational programs that integrate the study of the humanities and arts with science, engineering, and medicine on students and workers. The study committee's first meeting will take place next week. Read more...

CODATA workshop
July 12, 2016
CODATA US Data Citation workshop
On Tuesday, July 12 at 8 am, the Board on Research Data and Information co-hosted a workshop for data professionals focused on increasing awareness and encouraging policy and practice in support of data citation. Perspectives on the value, use, and challenges of data citation from various stakeholders were presented.  Webcast available. #usdatacitation

Educational Modules
June 30, 2016
New Series
Educational Modules for Professional-School Students
A new series of educational modules will help students in professional schools -- law, public policy, medicine, journalism, and business -- understand science and its role in decision making. The nine sample modules, which explore topics such as shale gas development ("fracking"), vaccines, forensic pattern evidence, and scientific modeling, are intended for use by professional-school faculty who wish to help their students understand basic scientific principles and approaches and assess the evidence underlying scientific claims. Read More