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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Nation’s Report Card: Technology and Engineering Literacy

Categories: Education,Science/Technology,Tests/Assessments

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2016119

Educational Progress 2014 technology and engineering  literacy tests.  Includes overall scores and results by racial/ethnic groups, gender, type of school and more.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

The National Science Foundation Strategic Framework for Investments in Graduate Education FY 2016-FY 2020

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

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16074/nsf16074.pdf

Discusses the importance of graduate STEM education to the U.S. and summarizes the primary challenges facing graduate education.  Also presents 3 goals and a set of strategic objectives that serve as a foundation for federal investments in graduate education.  From the National Science Foundation

 

Biometrics: Multi-Service Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Tactical Employment of Biometrics in Support of Operations

Categories: Defense/Military,Science/Technology,Spying/Intelligence

http://fas.org/irp/doddir/army/atp2-22-85.pdf

Describes biometrics procedures for collecting facial images, fingerprints, iris scans, DNA, palm prints, and other data for identification of individuals and reduction of risks to friendly forces.  From the Defense Department.

 

National Security Space Launch at a Crossroads

Categories: Govt Finance,Homeland Security,Russia,Science/Technology

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R44498.pdf

Discusses controversies surrounding the U.S. Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, including costs of the program, liabilities of continuing to rely on Russian rocket engines for U.S. efforts in space, and legal challenges to government efforts from private sources such as SpaceX.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Carbon Footprint of Heat Generation

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Great Britain,Science/Technology

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0523/POST-PN-0523.pdf

Summarizes evidence about the carbon footprints of current and emerging heating technologies in the domestic, commercial, and industrial sectors.  Also outlines other considerations for heating policy and assesses the best way to reduce emissions from heating.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Vehicle Cybersecurity

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet,Transportation

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/676064.pdf

Advanced software  code in vehicles supports safety features but leaves vehicles more vulnerable to cyberattacks.  This report covers key cybersecurity vulnerabilities in modern vehicles, key technologies to mitigate these vulnerabilities, stakeholder views on challenges related to vehicle cybersecurity, and federal efforts to protect vehicle cybersecurity.  From the Government Accountability Office

(consumer info/protection     science/technology     telecommunications/Internet     transportation)

Survey of Federal Funds for Research and Development: Fiscal Years 2014-16

Categories: Govt Finance,Science/Technology,Statistics

https://ncsesdata.nsf.gov/fedfunds/2014/

Offers detailed data tables by agency, type of R&D, performer, and field of science/engineering.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

Federal Funding for Research Increases by 6% in FY2014; Total Federal R&D Up 4%

Categories: Govt Finance,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2016/nsf16311/nsf16311.pdf

Federal obligations for research reached $62.9 billion in FY2014.  Also provides breakdowns for basic and applied research, and for spending by agencies.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

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