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February 2016 Public Policy News

12-13 April 2016: Congressional Visits Day (CVD) in Washington, DC: Join the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) team for the annual CVD 12-13 April 2016. Register Today

9 March 2016: New Rule Extends US Stays for STEM Students: The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) updated a rule allowing international students in select science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, to work in the United States for up to 36 months following graduation from a US college or university. Read More

4 March 2016: [Report Preview] Guide to the President’s Budget: Research and Development FY 2017: The base budget would decrease basic research and non-defense R&D and make-up the difference by relying on new mandatory spending. Read More

29 February 2016: National Science Foundation (NSF) grants aim to grow STEM talent and leadership: The NSF Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive, national initiative with the aim to enhance STEM innovations within the U.S. Read More

28 February 2016: Engaging America’s Youth in STEM through Hands-on Experiences in Labs and Communities Across America: With more than a half-million STEM job openings in the United States, the Obama Administration is working with communities to provide STEM and entrepreneurship opportunities including National Week in the Labs to bring scientists, engineers, and lab workers together to inspire students. Read More

19 February 2016: The Second Proposed Rule for US Export Regulations Was Released Today: SPIE hosted a webinar 2 March to help the community better understand the second proposed rule which covers a wide range of key photonics products and technologies that will impact both industry and research universities. The comment period closes 4 April 2016. Read More and View Webinar

15 February 2016: Light-Based Technology, a Strategic Asset in Bolstering Canada’s Economy: The Canadian Photonic Industry Consortium (CPIC) report released at SPIE Photonics West details Canada’s need to quickly establish a sound strategy to compete with the up-take in light-based technologies; otherwise, Canada will have to play catch-up. Read More

12 February 2016: Girls and Gigabytes: Expanding Opportunity for African American Women in STEM: The White House hosted 150 middle and high school-aged African American girls from 15 different states for a day of mentoring on STEM related topics. Events included workshops on coding, gaming, virtual reality, building and operating robots, and more. Read More