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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Postdocs at Federally Funded R&D Centers: Fall 2013

Categories: Education-Higher,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2015/nsf15312/pdf/nsf15312.pdf

Statistics on postdoctoral researchers at federal research and development centers according to the researchers’ source of financial support, citizenship, sex, race/ethnicity, and field of research.

From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

Progress with Electronic Health Record Adoption Among Emergency and Outpatient Departments: United States, 2006-2011

Categories: Health/Medical,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db187.pdf

Finds that 84% of hospital emergency departments used an electronic health record system by 2011 compared to 46% in 2006.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Report and Recommendations of the Technical Upgrades Special Project Team

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Science/Technology

http://www.copyright.gov/docs/technical_upgrades/usco-technicalupgrades.pdf

Assesses technological functionality and business strategies related to services of the U.S. Copyright Office.  Offers recommendations for improving the ability of the office to administer copyright registration, recordation, and statutory license services.  From the U.S. Copyright Office

 

Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Health/Medical,Science/Technology

http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-scientific-report/

Recommendations presented to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services to provide current scientific evidence on topics related to diet, nutrition, and health.  The recommendations will be used in the development of the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans for 2015 to be released later this year.  From Health.gov

 

U.S. Export Policy for Military Unmanned Aerial Systems

Categories: Defense/Military,Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Homeland Security,Science/Technology

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2015/02/237541.htm

Describes the new export policy involving sale, transfer, and subsequent use of military drones.  The full details of the policy are classified but this document summarizes the conditions which must be met for such sales to occur and the principles for proper use of U.S.-origin military UAS.   From the State Department

 

Executive Order: Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Homeland Security,Privacy,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/02/13/executive-order-promoting-private-sector-cybersecurity-information-shari

Promotes the voluntary creation of private/public Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations to counter cybersecurity threats. Also calls for the government to select a nongovernmental organization to serve as the Standards Organization which will identify a set of common cybersecurity standards.  From the White House

 

Presidential Memorandum: Promoting Economic Competitiveness While Safeguarding Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties in Domestic Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology,Transportation

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/02/15/presidential-memorandum-promoting-economic-competitiveness-while-safegua

Sets out principles for the federal government’s use of drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the national air space.  Covers purposes for federal drone use, protection of privacy and civil rights, and provisions for accountability and transparency.  From the White House

 

NASA Study Finds Carbon Emissions Could Dramatically Increase Risk of U.S. Megadroughts

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2015/february/nasa-study-finds-carbon-emissions-could-dramatically-increase-risk-of-us/#.VN4G6mO9aPw

Press release with summary of scientific article on likelihood of major droughts in the southwestern U.S. after 2050 due to effects of climate change.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

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