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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Carbon Budget 2014: An Annual Update of the Global Carbon Budget and Trends

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.globalcarbonproject.org/carbonbudget/index.htm

Reports that carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel burning and other activities increased by 2.3% in 2013.  The carbon emissions were 61% above the 1990 total, the Kyoto Protocol Reference Year.  Also provides information on regional emission levels.  From the Global Carbon Project and Global Change.gov

 

Virginia’s Information Technology Governance Structure

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet,Virginia Issues

http://jlarc.virginia.gov/reports/Rpt459.pdf

Criticizes muddled authority lines, especially between the Secretary of Technology and the Chief Information Officer, lack of clear responsibility for who secures the state’s data, lack of enforcement in procurement requirements and more.  Offers recommendations for legislative and executive action.  From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

 

Executive Order: Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Categories: Health/Medical,Science/Technology

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/18/executive-order-combating-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria

Coordinates federal response to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria including the creation of a Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antbiotic-Resistant Bacteria and the creation of a five year national action plan for implementing the national strategy.  From the White House

 

National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Categories: Headlines,Health/Medical,Science/Technology

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/carb_national_strategy.pdf

Identifies priorities and coordinates investments to prevent, detect, and control outbreaks of resistant pathogens such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile.  Outlines 5 goals for action by the federal government.  From the White House

 

Report to the President on Combating Antibiotic Resistance

Categories: Headlines,Health/Medical,Science/Technology

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/PCAST/pcast_carb_report_sept2014.pdf

Recommends measures to strengthen antibiotic stewardship, increase surveillance, and promote the development of new drugs, diagnostics, and vaccines to combat the crisis of increasing antibiotic resistance of bacteria.  From the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

 

Mid-Career Outcomes of Graduates of Virginia Institutions of Higher Education

Categories: Careers,Education-Higher,Income/Poverty,Science/Technology,Statistics,Virginia Issues

http://www.schev.edu/reportstats/2014Mid-careerwageoutcomes.pdf?from=

Finds that bachelor’s degrees in engineering and computer science receive the highest earnings over a 20 year period and those in education, English, and performing/visual arts the lowest.  From the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

 

Unemployment Among Doctoral Scientists and Engineers Remained Below the National Average in 2013

Categories: Careers,Education-Higher,Labor/Employment,Mathematics,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf14317/nsf14317.pdf

Reports on  the employment levels and unemployment rates of doctoral scientists and engineers including social sciences by field of doctorate, years since earning degree, and race/ethnicity/gender.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

Pesticides in U.S. streams and rivers: Occurrence and Trends During 1992-2011

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/es5025367

Discusses the frequency with which U.S. rivers and streams exceeded aquatic-life benchmarks due to the presence of pesticides during the target period.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

 

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