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Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: FY2013: Detailed Statistical Tables

Categories: Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Govt Procurement,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2015/nsf15327/pdf/nsf15327.pdf

37 statistical tables on federal government support to colleges and universities for science and engineering.  Some tables cover trends back to the 1960s.  Data presented by type of activity supported, federal agency, and university recipients.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

Shear Wave Velocity and Site Amplification Factors for 25 Strong-Motion Instrument Stations Affected by the M5.8 Mineral, Virginia, Earthquake of August 23, 2011

Categories: Geology/Mining,Statistics,Virginia Issues

http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2015/1099/downloads/ofr2015-1099.pdf

Focuses on the measurement of the shear wave velocity of near-surface materials at 25 sites in the Mid-Atlantic region during the 2011 earthquake.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Real Personal Income for States and Metropolitan Areas, 2013

Categories: Income/Poverty,Statistics

http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/regional/rpp/2015/pdf/rpp0615.pdf

Real personal income across all regions rose by an average of  0.8 percent in 2013.  From the Bureau of Economic Analysis

 

Mapping State Proficiency Standards Onto NAEP Scales: Results from the 2013 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Assessments

Categories: Education,Literacy/Reading,Mathematics,Statistics,Tests/Assessments

http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/subject/publications/studies/pdf/2015046.pdf

Differing state standards make it difficult to measure student achievement at the national level.  This report presents the results of a method for blending state standards with those of the National Assessment of Educational Progress for measuring reading and math proficiency.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

2015 Capital Spending Report

Categories: Business/Economics,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/econ/aces/report/2015/csr_summary_of_findings.html

Information on expenditures for new and used structures and equipment by all U.S. nonfarm businesses.  Also discusses trends in such spending from 2004 to 2013.  From the Census Bureau

 

Iran: Efforts to Achieve a Nuclear Accord

Categories: Energy,Headlines,Iran,Nuclear Energy,Treaties

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/R43333.pdf

Provides background information on Iran’s nuclear program, the details of the Joint Plan of Action interim agreement of November 2013, and the efforts to reach a comprehensive agreement since April 2015.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Lessons Learned and Issues for Congress

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41836.pdf

The RGGI is the nation’s first mandatory cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions.  It involves 9 eastern states and applies only to carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants with capacities to generate 25+ megawatts.  This report looks at what can be learned from the program thus far.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

American Farm Bureau Federation et al v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Supreme Court/courts

http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/134079p.pdf

Decision of a three judge panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeals affirming the district court opinion that preserves the EPA’s Total Maximum Daily Load approach to cleaning the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  Farm and home builder organizations had opposed the plan which requires non-point sources of pollution to share responsibility for cleanup with point sources.  From Justia.

 

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