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August 2015 Public Policy News

12 September 2015: International Year of Light (IYL2015) shines in Washington, DC: IYL2015, a celebration of light science and its applications, was celebrated in Washington DC. Events included Wonder of Light: Family Science Fun, with educational activities for school-age children and their parents at the Smithsonian, as well as Light for a Better World: A Celebration of U.S. Innovation, symposium at the National Academy of Sciences. Read More

11 September 2015: American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) website launched: The new institute will establish a technology, business, and education framework to accelerate the transition of integrated photonic solutions from innovation to manufacturing-ready deployment. Read more

11 September 2015: SPIE Supported Volunteers Visited Washington, DC to Urge for Photonics Support: Volunteers supported by SPIE and others from the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) visited representatives and senators to urge support for science funding and STEM education issues. Read More

10 September 2015: Second Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR) Released by the Department of Energy: The QTR examines the foundation of the energy system, science and technology, alongside research, development, demonstrations, and deployment (RDD&D) opportunities. Read More

7 September 2015: Opportunity for Recent Doctorates at American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Science Diplomacy: Those who recently received their doctorates in engineering, natural sciences, or political science/international relations have the opportunity to participate in up to 6 months of independent research at the AAAS Center in Washington, DC. Read More

26 August 2015: Bill to hold National Science Foundation (NSF) taxpayer dollars accountable: Congress introduced a bill requiring NSF staff and researchers to include abstracts that describe how projects align with NSF’s mission and with the national interest. Read More

21 August 2015: Leaders of Department of Energy (DOE) and National Science Foundation (NSF) Announced: President Obama nominated American physicist Cherry Murray to be the Director of the DOE’s Office of Science and mechanical engineering Richard Buckius to be Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation. The Senate must approve nominees before they can take office. Read More