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October 2015 Public Policy News

17 November: Introductory Webinar on the New AIM Photonics Manufacturing Institute: The National Photonics Initiative will be hosting an informational webinar on institute goals, operating structure, progress to date, and channels for participation, presented by Thomas Koch, AIM Photonics Technical Review Board Chair. Register here

30 October 2015: NPI responds to Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Request for Input on COMPETES Reauthorization: SPIE and its National Photonics Initiative partners responded to a request issued by a bipartisan congressional working group for input on research commercialization, technology transfer and STEM education from those in the scientific community. Read more

27 October: AAAS Releases its Analysis of the US Federal R&D budget: The two-year Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 will partially roll back spending caps and decrease discretionary spending in FY 2016. Read more

22 October 2015: HR 3293 Would Require NSF to Prove Funded Research is in the National Interest: Proposed bill would require National Science Foundation (NSF) to explain how grants and agreements are in the best interest of taxpayers with the ultimate goal of increasing NSF transparency and accountability; however, some argue that the bill may hinder research. Read more

19 October 2015: Astronomy Night at the White House: President Obama hosted White House Astronomy Night to encourage students to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
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13 October: European Commission’s €16 Billion Investment: The European Commission aims to boost their competitiveness with a €16 billion investment in research and innovation under their funding scheme, Horizon 2020. Read more

8 October 2015: STEM Education Act of 2015 signed into law by President Obama: The new law aims to: (1) Increase training and research opportunities for teachers in math and science via a National Science Foundation (NSF) scholarship; (2) increase research in informal STEM education at NSF (3) includes computer science into STEM education. Overall, the law allows NSF to continue out-of-school and informal educational STEM activities. Read more