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6 May 2016: The current state of travel restrictions for US government scientists continue to frustrate: It had been three years since the White House cracked down on federal travel. While restrictions continue to be under review, scientists are feeling that professional development is being hampered and creating a void in US innovation. Read more

4 May 2016: Photonics21 President Michael Mertin to step down: Photonics21 President Dr. Michael Mertin has announced to step down as president of the platform by the end of his second two year term in November 2016. He will remain a member of the Photonics21 Board of Stakeholders. Read more

3 May 2016: FY17 appropriations bills: DOE Office of Science & ARPA-E: Although both the House and Senate are aiming to increase the Office of Science’s budget by $50 million, their plans diverge at the level of the six core program offices. Read more

29 April 2016: Industry leaders speak up for photonics at Year of Light event in parliament: Photonics industry leaders met Members of Parliament and peers on 20 April to highlight the importance of the sector and call for action to maximize its strengths in a legacy event of the Internation Year of Light (IYL). Read more

28 April 2016: NIST awards first entrepreneurship grant: During his postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Chris Brown designed a lens system that has the potential to improve the performance of imaging and display systems. Now co-owner of a company specializing in optical instruments that measure distance, Brown is the first awardee in a grant program designed to help launch high-tech companies based on NIST technologies.  Read more

26 April 2016: Senate Appropriations Committee advances spending bill for NASA, NSF, NIST, and NOAASenate appropriations committee members unanimously approved a bill which would provide close to flat funding for NASA, NSF, NIST, and NOAA in fiscal year 2017. Read more

22 April 2016: Europe to bet up to €1 billion on quantum technology: Research groups across the continent will receive up to €1 billion over the next 10 years to develop quantum technologies, which might be used to develop anything from faster computers and very secure communication systems to ultrasensitive sensors and more precise atomic clocks. Read more

22 April 2016: NIST MEP to help small manufacturers engage with manufacturing innovation institutes: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will provide up to $7 million in funding for pilot projects to benefit small U.S. manufacturers by enhancing collaboration between its Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Read more

22 April 2016: Senate passes bipartisan energy policy bill loaded with science provisions: The Senate approved its first major energy policy bill in nine years, and it includes a slew of provisions which are relevant to the science community. Read more

19 April 2016: America Institute of Physics introduces the Federal Science Budget Tracker tool: To further their mission of serving as an objective and authoritative source of policy news for the physical sciences community, AIP is introducing the Federal Science Budget Tracker to help individuals monitor federal budgets and appropriations relevant to the physical sciences. Read more

18 April 2016: NIST releases 2015 Department of Commerce technology transfer report: NIST has released the annual Department of Commerce's (DOC) 2015 Technology Transfer Report, providing comprehensive statistics on the technology transfer activities of the three Department of Commerce (DOC) laboratories: NIST, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Read More

18 April 2016: NCI opens online platform to submit ideas about research for Cancer Moonshot: The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health has launched an online platform to enable the research community and the public to submit ideas on the National Cancer Moonshot efforts. Submissions will be considered by the Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) of scientific experts and patient advocates as they develop the scientific direction at NCI for the initiative. Read more

14 April 2016: Harsh grades for 'Europe's EIT': The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) gets poor grades from the European Union's financial watchdog. In a report released today, the European Court of Auditors said that EIT needs some fundamental changes if it is to fulfill its job of sparking innovation in Europe. Read more 

13 April 2016: President Obama welcomed more than 130 students from over 30 states to his sixth and final White House Science Fair: This year's White House Science Fair highlighted the ingenuity and entrepreneurship of the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and innovators. Students attending this year's Science Fair were tackling some of our Nation's greatest challenges--from combating climate change, to uncovering new ways to fight cancer, to discovering ways to reach farther beyond our atmosphere as a part of the Mars generation. Live coverage was available. Read more

8 April 2016: NASA Science Head Grunsfeld and Congressional champion Mikulski both set to retire this year: Two individuals who played key roles in supporting the Hubble Space Telescope and sheperding numerous other high-profile NASA science projects are retiring this year--former astronaut and NASA associate administrator for science John Grunsfeld and Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland. Read more

1 April 2016: Obama administration announces new revolutionary fibers and textiles manufacturing innovation hub in Cambridge, MA, and new report on $2 billion in manufacturing R&D investments: Eighth manufacturing innovation institute brings over $300 million in public-private investment from leading universities and manufacturers to develop futuristic fabrics and textiles, which include the use of sensors. Read more

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