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Federal Science and Engineering Obligations to Universities and Colleges Drop by 6% in FY2013

Categories: Education-Higher,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2015/nsf15325/nsf15325.pdf

Federal agencies obligated $29 billion to 995 academic institutions in FY2013 for science and engineering research activities, a 6% drop from the previous year, and the third consecutive year of declining funding.  Tables include agencies and amounts given to the top 20 research institutions. From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

High School Longitudinal Study of 2009:… 2013 Update and High School Transcript Study: A First Look at Fall 2009 Ninth-Graders in 2013

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

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2015/2015037.pdf

Follows student paths from the beginning of high school into higher education and the workforce.  Includes focus on paths into and out of STEM fields of study and careers.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

3D Printing: Opportunities, Challenges, and Policy Implications of Additive Manufacturing

Categories: Manufacturing,Science/Technology

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/670960.pdf

Results of an October 2014 forum on the topic of additive manufacturing or creating things by building up layers rather than cutting away materials.  The report summarizes the ideas and themes that emerged.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

Categories: Crime/Justice,Presidency,Science/Technology

http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/taskforce/TaskForce_FinalReport.pdf

The recommendations are organized around 6 topic areas: building trust, policy and oversight, technology and social media, community policing and crime reduction, officer training, and officer safety.  From the Community Oriented Policing Services of the Department of Justice

 

Regulation of Synthetic Biology

Categories: Health/Medical,Religion/Ethics,Science/Technology

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0497/POST-PN-0497.pdf

Examines the potential benefits and challenges, including social and ethical issues, involved with the design and engineering of novel biologically-based parts, devices, and systems.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Trends in Political Participation

Categories: Democracy/Peace,Great Britain,Science/Technology

http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-0498#fullreport

Discusses trends in political participation in the United Kingdom, how new forms such as online activism are replacing older forms such as party membership, and how UK institutions are responding.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Virginia Executive Order 43: Establishment of the Unmanned Systems Commission

Categories: Business/Economics,Science/Technology,Virginia Issues

http://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=8593

Describes Virginia’s progress in the development of unmanned aerial technologies and creates a public/private commission to identify needs and develop recommendations that will encourage further progress.  From the Office of the Governor

 

Policy to Require Secure Connections Across Federal Websites and Web Services

Categories: Headlines,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/2015/m-15-13.pdf

Memorandum that requires all publicly accessible federal websites to provide services  only through a secure connection or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS).  Provides guidance to agencies for the transition to HTTPS and a deadline for compliance.  From the Office of Management and Budget

 

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