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PGA In the Spotlight

Sustainability and the US EPABlog Post Highlights PGA’s Work on Sustainability
Neil Hawkins, a member of PGA’s Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, wrote a post for the Mitchell Foundation’s website highlighting the National Research Council’s work around sustainability. Hawkins explains the Roundtable’s efforts to draw attention to the food-water-energy nexus -- which has been called the “stress nexus” of sustainable development – and discusses two reports that “promise to have dramatic impact on the United States contributions to global sustainable development”: Sustainability and the U.S. EPA and Sustainability for the Nation: Resource Connections and Governance Linkages. View the blog post here.
Green Growth in PortugalGreen Growth in Portugal
Jorge Moreira da Silva, Portugal's minister of environment, spatial planning, and energy, speaking at a National Research Council event on June 11, discussed his country's ambitious sustainability efforts. The event also hosted panelists from Portuguese industry and research institutes, and closing remarks were made by the U.S. EPA Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe and Portugal's Secretary of State for Energy, Artur Trindade. Read more.
PGA's 2009 report Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward continues to generate news coverage and spur action in the forensic science community and beyond.

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  • In response to the report, the Obama Administration in January launched a National Commission on Forensic Science, intended to strengthen the practice of forensic science nationally. Read more in Chemical and Engineering News and Nature. Judge Harry Edwards, who co-chaired the committee that produced the report, offered remarks at the commission's first meeting (PDF, 95 KB) .
  • In recognition of the report's five-year anniversary, the opening plenary session at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences' February scientific meeting examined how the report has affected certification, research, and other aspects of forensic science. More than 4,000 forensic professionals representing all U.S. states and 66 countries worldwide attended the meeting.
  • In March, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D - VT) and Sen. John Cornyn (R - TX) introduced legislation intended to promote accreditation and certification standards for forensic labs and practitioners, develop a research strategy for the field, and drive other reforms; read the press release. Sen. John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D - WV) also introduced legislation in Feb. 2014 to strengthen forensic science research and practice; read the press release.
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New Effort to Tackle Global Development Challenges
NAS, NAE, and IOM are among the cornerstone partners in a new project of the U.S. Agency for International Development called the U.S. Global Development Lab.  The Lab will invent, test, and apply solutions to critical challenges in development, and the academies will contribute their expertise to the effort.  PGA Executive Director Rich Bissell will serve as the liaison to the lab. To learn more, read the academies’ news release orvisit the U.S. Global Development Lab’s website.
Spring Issue of IssuesPreview of Spring Issues in Science and Technology now online
An article by Stuart Elliott explores how robotics capabilities could transform future workplaces, and Forum writers discuss the future of military seapower, uncertainties in climate models and more. Full content from the Winter issue is now available as well. Preview the Spring issue.




Webinar: NIH Blueprint Neurotherapeutics: A Novel Approach to Early-stage Drug Discovery Funding
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
1pm EST/ 10am PST

The NIH established the Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN),  offering neuroscience researchers funding for drug discovery and development activities and the opportunity to collaborate with NIH-funded consultants and contract research organizations. This webinar will describe upcoming opportunities for academic researchers and small businesses to apply for BPN resources.