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PGA News Clips: March-May 2013

A Message from Executive Director Rich Bissell

Welcome to PGA News Clips! Policy and Global Affairs is generating lots of media coverage of our activities and reports, and I hope you find these summaries to be valuable. If we can provide additional information about any of these items, please contact this office at pga@nas.edu.


Veterinary Medicine

Competing in the 21st Century: Best Practices in State and Regional Innovation (ongoing) 
Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP) 

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'It's Just the Beginning' as Fab adds Jobs to Area
Albany Times Union, April 3, 2013

He was speaking at a two-day symposium organized by the National Academy of Sciences, which was created 150 years ago by Congress to advise the United States on science and technology policy. Manocha and other speakers said that state policies that...
 
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CHR Jefferson Science Fellowship Program (ongoing) 
Fellowships Office (FO)

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IUPUI Environmental Researcher to Serve as Senior Scientist for the US Department of State
Phys.org, May 2, 2013

The Jefferson Science Fellowship program began in 2003 and is administered by the National Academies of Science. It functions as a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and universities across the country, and its purpose is to enhance...

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CHR Pathways to Urban Sustainability Workshop: A Focus on the Portland Region (ongoing)
Science and Technology for Sustainability Program (STS)

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PSU sponsors National Academy Workshop on Urban Sustainability
Portland State University News, May 30, 2013

Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions and Research & Strategic Partnerships cosponsored this week a workshop with The National Academy of Sciences. The workshop focused on city-level approaches to climate change that brought city and government officials from around the country and the globe to discuss...

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Portland Gets to Show Off Its Neighborhood Growth Skills
Portland Business Journal, May 30, 2013 

...attended the conference Regional Approaches to Urban Sustainability: A Focus on Portland. The three-day National Academies of Science event hosted about 50 attendees, including several federal government representatives from throughout the country...
 
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DSCThe Unique U.S.-Russian Relationship in Biological Science and Biotechnology: Recent Experience and Future Directions (2013) 
Development, Security, and Cooperation (DSC)

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Scientists Press for Russian-U.S. Life Sciences Funding
NTI, February 15, 2013

The report's authors "did not try to sell [their recommendations] on short-term security benefits" during a Thursday meeting with senior National Security Council staff and other Obama administration officials, said Glenn Schweitzer, a National Research Council staffer who assisted in the document's preparation...
 
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Gender DifferencesGender Differences at Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty (2010) 
Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM)

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Inequality Quantified: Mind the Gender Gap
Nature, March 6, 2013

The attrition continues at later stages. In biology, for example, women comprised 36% of assistant professors and only 27% of tenure candidates in a 2010 study by the US National Research Council...
 
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Nuclear Test BanThe Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty: Technical Issues for the United States (2012)
Committee on International Security and Arms Control (CISAC) 

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International Monitoring System as a Nuclear Test Verification Tool 
Heritage.org, March 14, 2013

A 2012 National Research Council (NRC) report titled “The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty: Technical Issues for the United States” puts this yield “below a few kilotons worldwide, and at most a few hundred tons at well-monitored locations.”...
 
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CHRFuture U.S. Workforce for Geospatial Intelligence (2013)
Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW)

Board on Earth Sciences and Resources (BESR)

The New Cartographers 
ScienceCareers.org, March 18, 2013

In
 January, a National Research Council report commissioned by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) searched for specific skill deficits that could emerge over the next decade. Since the 2001 terrorist attacks, NGA—one of 16 federal...
 
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Mining Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Energy and Mining Industries: A Call to Action (2013)
Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW)

Board on Earth Sciences and Resources (BESR)

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Aging Baby Boomers, Few Replacements Threaten U.S. Mining Sector—NRC Report
MineWeb, March 22, 2013

A new report by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Engineering is concerning that the loss of a large number of experienced energy and mining workers in industry, academia, and government may actually impact the high standard of...
 
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Research DocA Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States  (2010)
Policy and Global Affairs (PGA)

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Diverse Conversations: Top 20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities of 2012-13
Huffington Post, April 15, 2013

A 2010 report from the National Academies ranked FAMU as the number one school in the nation that turns out black students holding doctorates in engineering and natural sciences. 7. Jackson State University, Jackson, Miss.: This state school is a...
 
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Markey ScholarsThe Markey Scholars Conference: Proceedings (2004) 
Policy and Global Affairs (PGA)

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For Women in Science, It's Still Chilly Out There
UC Berkeley (blog), April 23, 2013

In 2004 a study published by the National Research Council of the US National Academy of Sciences, written by Shirley Tilghman, noted some troubling trends in the data on rising numbers of women completing the PhD and entering academic and research ...
 
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CHRStrengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward (2009) 
Committee on Science, Technology, and Law (CSTL)

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DC Forensic Sciences Department Facing Transition Challenges
The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog), March 5, 2013

The department and lab were designed to make forensic testing independent of law enforcement, a key recommendation of a 2009 report on forensic science by the National Research Council of the National Academies. During the oversight hearing on...
 
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Latent Fingerprint Interoperability Survey
NIJ.gov, March 28, 2013

NIJ has funded the Latent Fingerprint Interoperability Survey (LFIOS), the only comprehensive effort to provide a way to establish the level of interoperability of automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS) maintained by state and local law enforcement agencies…
 
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Advances in Science of Fire Free a Convict after 42 Years
New York Times, April 2, 2013

A few years ago, the National Academy of Sciences turned its attention to the misuse of science in courtrooms, saying that pseudoscientific theories had been used to convict people of crimes they may not have committed…
 
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Engineer Working to Put More Science behind Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Science Daily (press release), April 18, 2013

As evidence, Attinger cites a 2009 report published by the National Research Council, "Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward." "Scientific studies support some aspects of bloodstain pattern analysis," the report says. "One ... 
 
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High Court Issues Stay of Execution for Manning
Jackson Clarion Ledger, May 8, 2013

After conversing with expert witnesses at our Crime Lab, it is clear that FBI experts and experts in all states used more conclusive language in their testimony up until around the time the 2009 National Academy of Science report was issued on forensics…
 
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A Presumption of Guilt
Afro American, May 22, 2013

New research from the National Academy of Science proved there was no evidence of arson in the fire. Wrongly convicted, Taylor was finally released-42 years later. For nearly 50 years, starting in the 1920s, the population of U.S. prisons was around...
 
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Rising Above the Gathering Storm
Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future (2007)
Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP)

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Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category 5 (2010)
Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP)

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Research HHMI Gives $22 Million to National Teaching Training Network
Science Now, March 18, 2013

Formed in 2007 as a follow-up to a National Academies report that recommended a national effort to draw more science and math majors into teaching, NMSI has focused on scaling up a teacher preparation program developed at the University of Texas...
 
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Sequester Will Force Universities to Scale Back Scientific Research
Stateline.org, April 3, 2013

Duncan says sequestration “is terrible for U.S. competitiveness,” pointing to a 2010 National Academies of Sciences study that showed the U.S. has begun to lag behind other countries in math and the sciences. “In spite of the efforts of both those in...
 
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Editorial: The Innovation Institution
The Brown Daily Herald, April 3, 2013

The Washington Post reported on a study prepared for the National Academy of Sciences that, between 1970 and 1975, federal funding for research and development “fell as a percentage of gross domestic product by 54 percent” in physical sciences. This is ...
 
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Science and Economy: Don't Judge Research on Economics Alone
Nature.com, May 1, 2013

A 2007 report from the US National Academies indicated that advances in science and technology would benefit the US economy and underpin its competitiveness in the global job market...
 
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Republicans Should Love 'Common Core'
The Wall Street Journal, May 6, 2013

This is one of the reasons the 2010 report “Rising Above the Gathering Storm” by the National Academies warned that America's ability to compete effectively with other nations is fading. The crisis is caused by the way math is currently taught in schools...
 
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Will Business Step In to End a Sequester-Driven Research Funding Gap?
Scientific American (blog), May 7, 2013

For example, the influential 2005 National Academies report “Rising above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future,” paved the way for the America Competes Act in 2007 (reauthorized in 2010), which...
 
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Cyber Security Expert Answers Readers' Questions
CNN (blog), May 23, 2013

recommend finding online the two (free) reports "Rising above the Gathering Storm" and "Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Revisited" by the National Academies Press. These didn't get much public attention when they were published, but what they have...
 
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Research Universities
Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation's Prosperity and Security: Summary (2012) 
Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) 
 
Business Leaders Host National Research Council Workshop to Explore Future of Universities in Fueling Michigan’s, Nation’s Economy 
Business Leaders for Michigan, April 12, 2013 

The workshop was hosted by Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, and was an opportunity to provide input to the National Research Council  on recommendations designed to ensure that American research universities are able to maintain the excellence in research and doctoral education needed to help the nation compete and prosper globally in the 21st century…
 
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UM Seeking Business Partners 
The Detroit News, April 15, 2013

Congress asked the National Academies to assess the competitive position of the nation's research universities and outline 10 steps government, universities and others can take. The report, unveiled last year, has been a catalyst for discussion... 
 
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WVU Hosts Forum on Future of Research Universities
Charleston Gazette, April 26, 2013 

West Virginia University is hosting one of nine forums around the country aimed at gathering input for the National Research Council on how to keep America's universities globally competitive. The event is this afternoon at the Museum Education Center...
 
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WVU Hosts Forum on Future of Research Universities 
WBOY-TV, April 26, 2013 

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal is offering a $500 reward to anyone who has information on a structure fire in Fairmont. MORGANTOWN -. The National Research Council did a report last year that stated ways to keep research universities competitive…
 
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Boulder Economic Summit Opens with Call to Fight Threats to Colorado's Economy 
The Daily Camera, May 29, 2013 

Henderson provided an overview of results from the National Research Council's 2012 report, “Research Universities and the Future of America.” The report highlighted 10 actions for governments, schools and businesses to take in order to bolster…
 
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CHRCopyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy (2013)
Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP)

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Copyright Report Recommends Wide-Ranging Study
Multichannel News, May 2, 2013

A National Academy of Sciences National Research Council report on the state of copyright says that given the current debate over the issue typified by the fight over SOPA-PIPA online piracy legislation that died in the last Congress...
 
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Copyright In The Digital Era: Building Evidence For Policy, National Academies New Report
CNI, May 2, 2013

The National Academies Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy (STEP) has just issued a report titled “Copyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy”...
 
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Copyright Debate Needs Better Research
Advanced Television, May 3, 2013

Objective data and independent empirical research will better inform the debate surrounding copyright policy in the digital age, according to US research body the National Research Council. The Council notes that the roll-out of the World Wide Web and...
 
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US Study Calls for Objective Data to Inform Review of Copyright Policy
Intellectual Property Watch, May 3, 2013

The US National Research Council has issued a report that looks at copyrighted works in the age of the internet, and finds a need for objective data and independent empirical research on copyright protection and the limits it can place on innovation and free speech. This comes as efforts are underway to review US copyright policy...
 
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Broad Coalition of Public and Private Interests Call for Objective Data & Research Concerning Copyright Reform
Techdirt, May 6, 2013

That's why it's actually quite encouraging to see a new report from the US National Research Council that has begun the process of calling for more objective data to inform the upcoming copyright reform debate…
 
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Report: Copyright Enforcement Needed Outside U.S.
Home Media Magazine, May 8, 2013

The lack of copyright enforcement outside of the United States remains a major detriment to home entertainment sales, according to a new report from the National Research Council (NRC) Report on Copyright. “Although copyright law and other remedies...
 
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