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25 March: Successful Congressional Visits Day: The annual Congressional Visits Day (CVD) took place in Washington, DC, March 17-18, 2015. Volunteers supported by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, were among 320 scientists, researchers, engineers, and other industry professionals from across the USA who visited Congressional offices in Washington, D.C., last week to express support for key issues related to photonics technologies and R&D.

The SPIE Congressional Visits Day (CVD) team were part of a 39-member National Photonics Initiative (NPI) group participating in the 20th Science-Engineering-Technology Working Group (SETWG) "STEM on the Hill" event. SPIE is a Founding Sponsor of the NPI. Read press release

24 March: President Obama on STEM Education: President Obama spoke at the fifth White House Science Fair. In addition to highlighting the projects of several of the 100 participating students, Obama made three announcements regarding access to broadband services, new private-sector commitments of $240 million for STEM education programs, and initiatives to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM fields. Read more

23 March: The White House Science Fair: President Obama welcomed young scientists and engineers from across the country to showcase their inventions, robots, and discoveries at the 2015 White House Science Fair. 

Hosted by President Obama, the Fair featured innovative projects, designs, and experiments from students all across America. With students from a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions, this year's Fair also included a specific focus on girls and women who are excelling in STEM and inspiring the next generation with their work. This year's Fair - the 5th ever - featured dozens of innovative projects, designs, and experiments from students across America who are excelling in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Read more

13 March: Reissued GAO Report on Government Travel:
Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Energy (DOE) officials cited reduced attendance at science and technology (S&T) conferences by scientists and engineers since DOD and DOE implemented their conference policies. These policies, responding to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirements, established processes for senior-level review and approval of conference requests based on department-wide cost thresholds. Read more


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