In a report released May 2, 2013, Copyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy, the National Academies call on federal agencies and foundations to support a broad range of empirical research studies to contribute to the comprehensive review of US copyright law recommended by Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallente, and announced April 24, 2013 by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte. The report also urges the federal government to consider instituting two regular, systematic surveys – one of businesses on their acquisition and use of intellectual property of all types and the other of consumers to understand how digital content is created and used. Read More.
The STEP Board welcomes three new members: Jeff Bingaman, former Senator from New Mexico; John Hennessy, President of Stanford University; and Ellen Dulberger, retired IBM executive. Visit our Members and Staff page to learn more abut these recent appointees.
A STEP article in the Winter 2013 edition of Issues in Science and Technology examines how federal funding of physical science and engineering research fields fared in the decade of The Gathering Storm report and the America COMPETES Acts.
STEP’s Executive Director, Stephen Merrill, spoke at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting on “The Search for Research ROI” in a session on Measurement of Economic and Social Impacts of Science and Technology Investments. His presentation distilled lessons for continuing efforts to assess the value of research, identifying promising and unproductive or counterproductive lines of inquiry. Read some of Dr. Merrill’s remarks in this article featured in AAAS News and Notes. View presentation.