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30 January: National Photonics Initiative (NPI) Applauds Finalists for Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI)
: The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) commended the three consortiums led by University of Central Florida, University of Southern California and the Research Foundation for the State University of New York selected by the US Department of Defense (DOD) to submit full proposals to secure the Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI). Finalists were selected from respondents to a November 2014 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support the establishment of an IP-IMI that will advance the state-of-the-art in the design, manufacture, testing, assembly, and packaging of complex photonic integrated circuits that combine a variety of photonic and electronic components to achieve functionality. The NPI is not endorsing a specific IP-IMI proposal but is strongly committed to supporting the DOD's ultimate selection. Read more

27 January: Congressional Visits Day: The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) is participating in the annual Congressional Visits Day (CVD) taking place in Washington, DC on March 17-18, 2015.

With so many new members of Congress, this is a great opportunity to establish a relationship with your Congressional offices and to educate your members of Congress on the importance of optics and photonics. Last year, the NPI had several legislative successes all thanks to the advocacy efforts by the NPI community communicating with their members of Congress. The more members we have participate in these efforts, the better chance of success. NPI will be participating in this annual event to talk about the importance of science research & development funding, the work of the NPI, and discuss other important science related legislation such as the America COMPETES Act.

Each participant will be placed on a combined society team based on your geographic region. There will be training on March 17 in Washington, DC focusing on the NPI and how to have an effective meeting as well as get the opportunity to get to know your Capitol Hill visits team. That evening, you will have the opportunity to join colleagues at a reception on Capitol Hill. On March 18, you and your team will visit your Congressional representatives. Society staff will schedule and coordinate your day and will escort you to all of your meetings.

If you are interested in participating in the Congressional Visits Day 2015, please sign up on the NPI CVD webpage.

26 January: Congressional Calendar for 2015: The House and Senate calendars can be used in planning a trip to Washington or for meeting with a representative or senator in their local office. Guidance on arranging and meeting with a senator or representative, or their staff, is available here. Always check with the Member's staff before making plans. Read more

22 January: Senate Committee Chairman Announces Fast Schedule on Education Bill: Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced his intention to mark up and pass a bill through his committee to reauthorize the federal government's primary elementary and secondary education law. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was first enacted in 1965. It is now more commonly known as the No Child Left Behind Act, following the legislation's last reauthorization in 2002 during the administration of President George W. Bush. Read more

21 January: State of the Union: R&D, Climate Change: As he has in his previous State of the Union addresses, 20 January President Obama discussed the importance of R&D and climate change. Read more

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