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5 August 2016: Science Agency Funding Levels for 2017 Coming into Focus: With all 12 appropriations bills now drafted, the outcome of funding for the federal science agencies in fiscal year 2017 is coming into focus, with appropriations on track in many cases to diverge from the president’s discretionary funding requests. Funding will not be finalized before the end of the fiscal year on 30 September.  Read More

9 August 2016: National Science Leaders Chart New Paths into the Quantum Frontier: The Obama Administration has released two reports on the state of quantum computing and related R&D projects. Among other issues addressed, the reports call attention to the organizational difficulties the field is facing as it grows and as other countries ramp up counterpart efforts. Read More

11 August 2016: 500+ Organizations Reiterate Call for Congress to Strengthen the US Innovation Enterprise: SPIE joined a group of industry, higher education, and scientific organizations, who reissued a statement calling for Congress to increase federal support of basic research, streamline research regulations, and reaffirm merit-based review, among other actions. Read More

17 August 2016: Decadal Survey Midterm Assessment Highlights Dilemmas of Game-Changing Astronomy: The National Academies has released its midterm assessment of the 2010 decadal survey of astronomy and astrophysics. A key theme is that increasingly expensive top-priority projects are responsible for outstanding breakthroughs, but are also putting pressure on high-priority medium-scale projects. Read More

24 August 2016: NSF Seeking Research Community Input on Next Strategic Plan: The National Science Foundation has issued a call to the public and the scientific community for feedback on its vision, core values, and strategic goals and objectives. Results will inform the development of the foundation’s next strategic plan, which will span 2018 through 2022. Input is due by 27 September, 2016. Read More

25 August 2016: Post Brexit: UK Science Society Seeks to Fortify Joint Work with US Scientists: The head of the Royal Society, the world’s oldest continuous scientific society, sought Thursday to reassure the US scientific community that collaborations with their British counterparts will continue unimpeded despite the June Brexit vote to leave the European Union. Read More

26 August 2016: Science Editor-in-Chief Highlights Need for Steady Science Funding: In an editorial in the 26 August issue of the journal Science, Jeremy Berg, the journal's 20th editor-in-chief, examines the importance of funding science steadily, with predictable budget cycles that allow science-funding agencies to do long-term planning that research projects typically require. Read More

30 August 2016: President Obama to Host White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh, PA: On 13 October, 2016, the White House will host the first-ever White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh, PA to explore the future of innovation in America and around the world. Read More

1 September 2016: NIST Awards Funding to Support Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers: The US Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will award more than $36 million in annual funding to organizations in 11 states and Puerto Rico, as part of its efforts to enhance the competitiveness of US manufacturers. Read More

6 September 2016: A Growing Field: Scientific Knowledge to Aid Human Rights Efforts: The fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine increasingly reach far beyond laboratories, inventions, creations and healing. Work will go into a global survey of what scientists consider to be their social responsibilities. The National Science Foundation is funding the effort, and AAAS is targeted to have the survey and its sample design completed by year’s end. Read More

7 September 2016: Cancer Panel Releases Draft Report and Approves 'Moonshot' Recommendations: Advisers to the National Cancer Institute approved recommendations Wednesday from scientists working with President Barack Obama’s cancer moonshot initiative. Recommendations included the expansion of funding for clinical studies over the next five years employing existing noninvasive, and minimally invasive, imaging technologies and companion molecular tests for early detection of cancer; coordinated public and private investments to expand funding for the development of new noninvasive quantitative imaging approaches for early detection and guided treatment of cancer where these technologies are needed; and, resources to develop a network for an information technology (IT) medical infrastructure available to US health care providers and consumers. Download the Draft Report

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