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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Glaciers of Asia

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Asia,Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/p1386f/

One in a series of reports on Satellite Image Atlas of Glaciers of the World.  Each analyzes a specific glacierized region of the planet and monitors glacier changes.  Provides a baseline for the extent of glaciers in the 1970s and their later range in an increasingly warmer climatic period.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

Small Business Procurement Scorecard Shows Progress Toward Meeting 23 Percent Goal for Small Business Contracting

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Procurement,Statistics

http://www.sbaonline.sba.gov/idc/groups/public/documents/sba_homepage/news_release_10-48.pdf

Press release which announces that small business firms received  a record $96.8 billion in federal procurement contracts in FY 2009, or nearly 22% of federal contract dollars.  Also has links to detailed scorecard.  From the Small Business Administration

Public Employees’ Right to Privacy in Their Electronic Communications: City of Ontario v. Quon in the Supreme Court

Categories: Privacy,Supreme Court/courts,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41344.pdf

Discusses two recent Supreme Court decisions which revolved around the degree of privacy an employee should have when communicating via employer-provided equipment.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Federal Civil and Criminal Penalties Possibly Applicable to Parties Responsible for the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Categories: Crime/Justice,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41370.pdf

This report summarizes selected federal civil and criminal penalty provisions that may have been violated in connection with the Gulf oil spill and related worker fatalities. Reviews seven federal laws that may be applicable. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

The European Union’s Response to the 2007-2009 Financial Crisis

Categories: European Union,Financial Crisis/Markets,Germany,Great Britain,Spain

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R41367.pdf

This report examines various responses by EU countries to the financial crisis, the regulatory changes attempted at the country and EU levels, and the problems encountered.  Focuses on Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Geoengineering: Governance and Technology Policy

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41371.pdf

Describes an array of technologies that aim, through large-scale modifications of the Earth’s energy balance, to reduce temperatures and counteract climate change.  Also discusses the debates over governance and trans-border effects of such potential technologies.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

New Drug Approval: FDA’s Consideration of Evidence from Certain Clinical Trials

Categories: Health/Medical,Science/Technology

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d10798.pdf

Discusses the new drug application procedure used by the Food and Drug Administration, examines the characteristics of the trials used for testing potentially innovative new drugs, and describes guidance provided by FDA.  From the Government Accountability Office

Academic Institutional Profiles: List of Institutions 2007

Categories: Education-Higher,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/profiles/alphlist.cfm

Provides statistical data on academic institutions covering number of doctoral degrees awarded, number of graduate students by field of study, amount of federal S&E support, and R&D expenditures in science/engineering.  From the National Science Foundation

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