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Vol. 2010, No. 3 (28 February 2010)

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111th Congress


Best Wishes and Thank You Congressman Ehlers

Recent Hearings: House Committee on Science & Technology

Whirlpool, Honeywell, members of the Smart Grid Coalition present views to House Democratic Caucus

House Approves S&T Legislation to Improve Cybersecurity R&D by Overwhelming Majority

Senate Asks SBA to Implement FAST Partnership


Grand Challenges of the 21st Century (By Tom Kalil)


NSF Director Moves On


Pittsburgh Biomedical Engineering Researcher, Entrepreneur Chosen as an Engineers Week New Face of Engineering

NEW Position statements

IEEE-USA Awards $8,000 to Undergraduates, Journalists Who Add to Public Understanding of Engineering

2010 Science, Engineering & Technology Congressional Visits Day

Oncor Senior Vice President to Discuss His Company's Smart Grid Initiative at IEEE Green Technology Conference

IEEE-USA Proposes Employment-Based Immigration Reform Legislation

IEEE-USA E-Book Series -- "Doing Innovation: Creating Economic Value" -- Is Complete

New IEEE-USA President Identifies Advancing Viability and Contributions of the Profession as Top Priority for 2010

2010 IEEE-USA Career Fly-In



NIST Announces New Competition for $50 Million in Grants for New Research Facilities

Top 8 summer Internships & Programs for Women in Science/Technology

National Science Foundation

IEEE-USA Government Fellowships


Economic Policy Institute Releases Paper by Ron Hira

EPRI Releases Report Defining the Smart Grid - Smart-Grid Report Maps Opportunities For U.S. Engineers


Best Wishes and Thank You Congressman Ehlers

Vern Ehlers, an eight-term moderate Republican from Grand Rapids, MI, has announced that he will not run for re-election. We thank Congressman Ehlers for his support of IEEE-USA's issues, and his dedication to "creating a generation of highly-skilled and highly-motivated workers." During his tenure, Ehlers founded the Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Education Caucus, and he served as co-chair of the House Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Caucus. Congressman Ehlers tirelessly worked to ensure American workers had access to training for the jobs of the future (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Worker Training Program). IEEE-USA wishes him wellness and happiness in his retirement. Ehlers is the 17th House Republican to announce his retirement. On the Democratic side, twelve have said they will not run for re-election to the House. See complete list on the "Casualty List" linked on this page.

Recent Hearings: House Committee on Science & Technology

24 FEB: How Can NIST Better Serve the Needs of the Biomedical Research Community in the 21st Century? - The Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation held a hearing to examine ways the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) could better serve the needs of the 21st century biomedical community, including supporting the development of biologic drugs, improved diagnostic medicine, and the growth of personalized medicine.

24 FEB: Administration, Committee Agree on Importance of Sustained Investments in R&D - The full Committee held a hearing to discuss the Administration's FY 2011 budget request with the president’s top science advisor, Dr. John P. Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Read the White House summary of the President's FY11 Budget Request.

4 FEB: Research and Science Education Subcommittee held a hearing to examine the current state of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in U.S. colleges and universities. Witnesses discussed ways to improve the quality and effectiveness of STEM education for undergraduate and graduate students. Members examined the National Science Foundation's (NSF) role in supporting reform in undergraduate and graduate STEM education. Overall, Members and witnesses agreed that systemic reform of higher education in the STEM fields will be critical to meeting America's research and workforce needs in the 21st century global economy. (Hearing Charter)

4 FEB: Members Question NASA Watchdogs on Challenges Facing Agency - The Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics discussed the key issues and challenges facing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as seen by the agency's "watchdogs”:  the NASA Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP).

27 JAN: Program to Foster Innovation in Energy Technologies Is Off to a Promising Start - The full committee held a hearing on the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) at the DOE.  In its FY 2011 budget request, the Administration requested $300 million for ARPA-E, its first non economic stimulus funding request. Members and witnesses discussed the accomplishments and future plans for the agency, as well as the role of ARPA-E in the larger energy technology landscape. All agreed that there are more good ideas than ARPA-E's funding can accommodate. Chairman Gordon has been working with Energy Secretary Chu and Dr. Arun Majumdar to create a forum in which finalists and awardees could present their proposals and meet with potential investors, hoping to encourage private sector support.  The first such forum will be the ARPA-E Innovation Summit, to be held March 1st-3rd at the Gaylord Convention Center, National Harbor.
Congress first authorized ARPA-E in the America COMPETES Act, based on recommendations from the 2005 National Academies' report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm.  The Academies panel made recommendations to enhance U.S. technological competitiveness, including a recommendation calling on the federal government to create a new agency within DOE, patterned after the successful Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) within the DOD, to pursue high-risk, high-reward energy technology development.  ARPA-E first received funding in 2009 when the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act included allocations of $400 million, and the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act appropriated $15 million for the start-up of ARPA-E. The first Funding Opportunity Announcement (Apr. 2009) received an unprecedented response of almost 3,700 concept papers; 37 projects were chosen from 334 finalists to receive a total of over $150 million in awards. ARPA-E completed all of the award contracts within three months after the award announcement.

Whirlpool, Honeywell, members of the Smart Grid Coalition present views to House Democratic Caucus

14 JAN: At the invitation of the House Democratic Caucus, representatives of the Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG) presented their views on smart grid development, job creation and economic recovery.

"The Smart Grid is about jobs," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). "And the clean energy jobs of the future are created by smart grid companies every day. Investing in the smart grid means investing in every state in ways that provide local jobs and local benefits as well as supporting our economic recovery and our environmental goals."

Senior Executives from DRSG member companies Whirlpool, Honeywell, Landis + Gyr, EnerNOC and Ice Energy gave an overview of their respective role in smart grid development and how they are adding jobs and contributing to economic recovery as a result of the new business opportunities being created by smart grid policy developments. The companies specifically addressed their involvement in projects to be funded by provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.   DRSG members discussed steps that should be taken including:

1. Provide additional stimulus funds to DOE to allow additional smart grid grant applications to be funded from among existing applicants.

2. Enact the existing provisions of H.R. 2454 (the American Clean Energy and Security Act, sponsored by Representatives Waxman and Markey) that would create smart grid peak reduction goals and also integrate smart grid into the Energy Star Program.

3. Establish a temporary investment tax credit that would spur near-term smart grid business activity in the same way that tax policy has been used to support development in the renewable and efficiency areas.

House Approves S&T Legislation to Improve Cybersecurity R&D by Overwhelming Majority

4 FEB: The House of Representatives passed H.R. 4061, the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, by a vote of 422 to 5. The bill will improve cybersecurity within the federal government as well as the public and private sectors by:

--helping to develop a skilled cybersecurity workforce;
--coordinating and prioritizing the federal research and development (R&D) portfolio;
--improving the transfer of cybersecurity technologies to the marketplace; and
--promoting cybersecurity education and awareness for the general public.

Senate Asks SBA to Implement FAST Partnership

Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) co-signed a letter from the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee to Karen Mills, SBA Administrator, requesting that the SBA swiftly implement the allocated funds for the Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership. FAST provides funding for SBIR outreach support for the States. The FY2010 Appropriations Bill includes $2 million for the FAST program. This funding represents the first funding the program has received in six years. "The FAST program was created to expand and improve the participation of small technology firms in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs by providing matching funds to states," Senators Landrieu and Snowe wrote. "FAST funds are used within the states to raise awareness of SBIR and STTR, to provide technical assistance to firms participating in the programs, and to encourage commercialization of technology developed through the SBIR and STTR programs."


The White House FY2011 Budget Request

1 FEB: (White House blog coverage, incl. video) In his State of the Union address, President Obama said, "I do not accept second place for the United States of America." Speaking of investments that countries like China, Germany, and India are making in their innovative economies, the president was clear: "These nations, they're not standing still. These nations aren't playing for second place. They're putting more emphasis on math and science. They're rebuilding their infrastructure. They're making serious investments in clean energy because they want those jobs." Fortunately, the Obama administration's budget request for FY 2011 asks Congress to put their money where his mouth is; the budget includes foundational investments that will help the United States remain the leader among innovative nations. Of note:

a) R&D was largely exempted from the Administration's announcement of a three-year freeze in non-defense discretionary spending.

b) NASA's human space flight program was eliminated. However, NASA's budget would increase approximately 1.6 percent, with funds for ISS and the space shuttle, robotic explorers, earth observation, climate research, aeronautics and "green aviation," robotic space systems, and new space engines.

Department of Energy FY 2011 Congressional Budget Request Highlights
The DoE has requested a 6.8 percent increase in its total budget for FY 2011. The largest component of DoE's $28.4 billion budget request is for nuclear security ($11.2 billion), followed by environmental management ($6.0 billion) science ($5.1), and energy programs ($4.2 billion).

OSTP S&T Budget Fact Sheets

OMB's special topic analysis for federal R&D funding priorities supported in the President's FY2011 budget request.

The FY 2011 and Your State
FY 2011 Department Budget Fact Sheets  


NSF Director Moves On

Arden L. Bement, director of the National Science Foundation, was named to lead Purdue University's new Global Policy Research Institute (GPRI). Bement will begin his new post as the director of GPRI--which will draw on seven different science and research disciplines at Purdue--on June 1 this year. George W. Bush appointed Bement as NSF director in 2004. Prior to that, he had served as acting director for 10 months. Under Bement, NSF's budget doubled, and the agency created a series of new science and engineering initiatives around innovation themes, increased its role in the international scientific policy
arena, and increased its commitment to core basic research areas. NSF is widely recognized as a key driver of science and innovation advances in the U.S.

Bement is a former Purdue nuclear engineering professor and department head and retained tenure at Purdue while working in Washington, D.C. While at Purdue, Bement was the David A. Ross Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering and former head of Purdue's School of Nuclear Engineering. He also held appointments in the School of Materials Engineering and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He joined the Purdue faculty in 1992 after a 39-year career in industry,
government and academia.



  • Public Policy Priority Issues (111th Congress, 2nd Session, 2010 UPDATED )

  • Public Policy Position Statements on issues deemed to be of concern to or affecting IEEE's U.S. members. The statements make specific public policy recommendations for the consideration of Congress, the Executive Branch, the Judiciary, representatives of State and Local Government, and other interested groups and individuals, including IEEE members.

Pittsburgh Biomedical Engineering Researcher, Entrepreneur Chosen as an Engineers Week New Face of Engineering - For her research into ways to improve the survival rate of premature babies, Carnegie Mellon University Ph.D. candidate and biomedical engineer Sanna Gaspard, was chosen as a 2010 Engineers Week "New Face of Engineering." Gaspard is founder and CEO of TLneoCare, LLC, a start-up company focusing on developing and commercializing a neonatal message unit to aid infants born prematurely. The company is in the process of raising capital for prototyping, FDA classification and clinical testing. Her doctoral research is focused on designing a diagnostic tool for stage 1 pressure ulcers. Gaspard is the GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) representative to the IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society. She is also a member of IEEE's Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, and founded the Graduate Biomedical Engineering Society at Carnegie Mellon.

Alessandro Ferrero, past president of the IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society, worked with Gaspard at his "Politecnico di Milano" lab in Italy. "Ms. Gaspard is a truly dedicated biomedical engineer with an entrepreneurial spirit committed to translating her bioinstrumentation research and development to society, where it has the potential to save lives," Ferrero wrote in his nomination letter.

The New Faces of Engineering recognition program is sponsored by the National Engineers Week Foundation, a coalition of engineering societies, major corporations and government agencies. The program highlights the vitality, diversity and rich contributions of engineers under 30. They are honored annually during Engineers Week.

NEW Position statements

U.S. Economic Competitiveness and Intelligent Transportation Systems Technology (Feb. 2010)

Voice Over Internet Protocol (Feb. 2010)

National Energy Policy Recommendations (Feb. 2010)

Cyber Security Research and Development (Feb. 2010)

Restructuring ITAR Technology Expert/Import Controls (Feb. 2010)

Small Business Innovative Research (Feb. 2010)

IEEE-USA Awards $8,000 to Undergraduates, Journalists Who Add to Public Understanding of Engineering - Coinciding with the 2010 National Engineers Week, IEEE-USA announced $8,000 in scholarship awards and honoraria to be presented to five U.S. undergraduate students and to two professional journalists who add to the public understanding of engineering.

IEEE-USA ONLINE VIDEO COMPETITION: Nita Patel, IEEE-USA vice president of communications and public awareness, announces that $5,000 in scholarship awards will be given to five undergraduates at three U.S. universities, who entered the 2010 "How Engineers Make a World of Difference" online video competition. The three video entries were deemed most effective in reinforcing for an 11-to-13-year-old audience how engineers improve quality of life. Entries in the third annual IEEE-USA video competition profiled an engineer or technologies.

First Prize ($2,000) - Sergio Flores Castro, Miguel Murillo and Carolina Flores of UNLV
Second Prize ($1,500) - Zachary Phillips of LeTourneau University in Long View, TX
Third Prize ($1,000) - Carrie Hunter of Pensacola Junior College.

Pensacola Junior College's Hunter will also receive a $500 scholarship award for the most innovative and effective presentation of a video entry to the "tween" target audience. A representative of the first-prize team from UNLV will be recognized at the IEEE-USA Annual Meeting in Nashville on 6 March. The award-winning entries were also featured in February in the first nationwide Web-based gathering of engineering students - "Engineers Week Blast!" - live from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

The three-judges included: Andrew Quecan, a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering at Stanford University and former IEEE WISE intern; Suzette Aguilar, a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin; and Nate Ball, mechanical engineer and host of PBS' "Design Squad." The video competition is designed to be replicated in IEEE student sections both in and outside of the United States. IEEE-USA will launch its fourth video scholarship competition in September.

IEEE-USA JOURNALISM AWARD: Two recipients received $1,500 honoraria to recognize print and electronic journalists for increasing public understanding of the contributions of engineering and computer professionals to society. Both will be recognized with the IEEE-USA Award for Literary Contributions Furthering Public Understanding of the Profession at our annual meeting in Nashville.

a) Holly Morris from Fox 5 Morning News, Washington, DC - Morris has a degree in civil and environmental engineering. She was singled out for her coverage of the 2009 National Engineers Week Future City Competition.

b) Randy Atkins from the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Washington, DC - Atkins, NAE's senior program officer for media/public relations, was tapped for providing one-minute weekly radio features highlighting engineering innovations and stories that add technical context to issues in the news.

2010 Science, Engineering & Technology Congressional Visits Day, April 28-29 in Washington, D.C. - The SET CVD brings scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, and technologists to Washington to raise visibility and support for SET programs and activities. Last year more than 30 organizations and 200 participants visited members of the U.S. Congress. Their discussions focused on the importance of the partnership of universities, industry, and the federal sector to the U.S. R&D enterprise.

The program consists of a one and a half day event with orientation sessions, a reception bestowing the Annual SETWG George Brown Award to a deserving Members of Congress, a joint breakfast, and hundreds of opportunities to visit with individual Members of Congress. Additionally, this year AAAS is sponsoring a session for first time participants, and we expanded the award reception to include a Celebration of the 50th year of Laser Technology in cooperation with Laserfest. Demonstrations are now being solicited that will highlight the many contributions of this important technology.

Please feel free to forward this information to anyone who might be interested in attending. There is no cost to participate. We cannot offer reimbursement of any travel costs but support may be available in your section or region. The cut off for registration is April 12.

Oncor Senior Vice President to Discuss His Company's Smart Grid Initiative at IEEE Green Technology Conference - Oncor Senior VP Jim Greer will be a keynote speaker at the second annual IEEE Green Technology Conference, 15-16 April, at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, TX. The event will focus on new technologies to promote conservation, renewable energy and automation. Greer is the architect of Oncor's Smart Grid technology initiative. Oncor, a national leader in installing advanced meter technology, will install 3.4 million smart meters and the information technology systems supporting real-time reporting of energy use by 2012. Greer is overseeing this transformation of Oncor's transmission and distribution business through technology.

"IEEE members are the innovators who will come up with the great ideas and the new approaches that will help society transition to a more sustainable and efficient approach to energy use," Greer said. "I'm looking forward to discussing Oncor's own vision for the future, the Smart Texas initiative, which is creating an interactive, two-way electric grid that speaks to both Oncor and the consumer, providing real-time information about energy use."

Greer, an active member of IEEE, is responsible for developing strategies, policies and plans that improve the value and performance of Oncor's electric grid. He has worked for Oncor and its predecessor companies since 1984 and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master's of business administration from Texas Christian University. He is a licensed professional engineer and serves on the Texas State Board of Professional Engineers.

IEEE-USA Proposes Employment-Based Immigration Reform Legislation - Building on over a decade of advocacy on the subject, IEEE-USA has developed model legislation reforming America's high-skill immigration system. The legislation emphasizes citizenship for skilled workers, rather than continued reliance on temporary visas. The system the United States uses for admitting immigrants based on their skills and education is broken. It can take more than a decade for
many immigrants to complete the process and become full American citizens. While they wait, the current system encourages the mistreatment of workers, depressing their salaries and those of their American colleagues. Worse, the current system weakens America's high-tech sector by pushing high-wage/high value-added jobs overseas and preventing many workers from ever contributing their potential to our economy. In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, the United States can
and must do better.

IEEE-USA wants Congress to fix the system by making it easier for talented, foreign-born engineers and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals to earn green cards, the crucial first step towards citizenship. This reform should drastically reduce the need for temporary visas by allowing most qualified immigrants to jump directly from student visas to legal permanent residency status (green cards), skipping the temporary visas entirely. Unlike workers on temporary visas, workers with green cards can change jobs, negotiate fair wages and start their own businesses just like American workers. By changing their visa status, Congress will allow these talented, innovative and entrepreneurial people to fully
participate in, and contribute to, the American economy.

IEEE-USA will use the model bill to influence high-skill admission provisions in broader immigration reform bills currently being drafted by Congress. For more information about this bill, or about IEEE-USA's immigration reform efforts, please contact IEEE-USA staffer Vin O'Neill at IEEE-USA's model bill will:

* Increase the availability of EB visas by:
o Exempting dependents from the visa cap
o Exempting students who earn master's or Ph.D.s in STEM fields from American universities from the visa cap
o Loosening country cap restrictions for the visas
o Recapturing unused visas from past years

* Reform the student and exchange visitor visa programs to make them easier to use
* Reform the H-1B and L visa programs to protect workers, both American and foreign
* Remove immigration issues from future trade negotiations

IEEE-USA E-Book Series -- "Doing Innovation: Creating Economic Value" -- Is Complete - IEEE-USA's e-book series, "Doing Innovation: Creating Economic Value" has been completed with the work, "What It Takes To Be an Innovator." Written by Gus Gaynor, a retired 3M director of engineering, it looks at "the critical element in innovation -- the innovator."  Gaynor provides a picture of what an innovator could and should bring to an organization, including characteristics and attitudes.

You can purchase your copy of "Doing Innovation: Creating Economic Value -- Book 4: What it Takes To Be an Innovator" for the IEEE member price: $9.95. The nonmember price is $19.95. IEEE members can purchase other IEEE-USA E-Books at deeply discounted prices -- and download some for free. To purchase IEEE members-only products and receive the member discount on eligible products, members must log in with their IEEE Web account.

Have an Idea For an IEEE-USA E-Book? - If you've got an idea for an e-book that will educate your fellow IEEE members on a particular topic of expertise, e-mail your e-book queries and ideas to IEEE-USA Publishing Manager Georgia Stelluto.

New IEEE-USA President Identifies Advancing Viability and Contributions of the Profession as Top Priority for 2010 - Evelyn H. Hirt, who became IEEE-USA president on 1 January, has identified advancing the viability and contributions of the profession as her top priority in 2010. Her concerns encompass the need for recognition of the significant role played by engineers in powering the U.S. economy, and for science, engineering and technical literacy to fuel the creation of future engineers and technical professionals. She sees a technically literate workforce, particularly among the young, as being essential to advancing U.S. competitiveness in the 21st century.

U.S. STATES If you like to keep up with what's going on in state politics, provides a good overview of the activities in all 50 state legislatures.'s annual report on state trends and policy, "State of the States 2009" is now available. The report is full of helpful graphics and maps, in addition to reports on the most significant developments in the 50 states.


NIST Announces New Competition for $50 Million in Grants for New Research Facilities - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced a new competition for grants for the construction of new or expanded scientific research buildings at institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations. NIST has $50 million available for the cost-sharing grants and anticipates funding 3 to 5 projects with grants of $10 to $15 million each. The NIST grants will fund new or expanded facilities for scientific research in fields related to measurement science, oceanography, atmospheric research or telecommunications, the research fields of the Commerce Department's three science agencies: NIST, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Candidate projects could include laboratories, test facilities, measurement facilities, research computing facilities or observatories.

Top 8 summer Internships & Programs for Women in Science/Technology - The Feminist Press presents their top (in no particular order) national programs offering internships specifically geared towards college (and some graduate) women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A few of the programs target both women and underrepresented minorities. Please note that last year's deadline is indicated for internships that haven't yet provided 2010 deadlines. Also, their website - Under the Microscope - provides other opportunities for women to write about their experiences in the STEM world.

National Science Foundation (

Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES) Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) - The TUES program seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students. This solicitation especially encourages projects that have the potential to transform undergraduate STEM education, for example, by bringing about widespread adoption of classroom practices that embody understanding of how students learn most effectively. The program supports efforts to create, adapt, and disseminate new learning materials and teaching strategies to reflect advances both in STEM disciplines and in what is known about teaching and learning.  It funds projects that develop faculty expertise, implement educational innovations, assess learning and evaluate innovations, prepare K-12 teachers, or conduct research on STEM teaching and learning.

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) - The CPS program is seeking proposals that address research challenges in three CPS themes:  Foundations; Methods and Tools; and Components, Run-time Substrates, and Systems. Foundations research will develop new scientific and engineering principles, algorithms, models, and theories for the analysis and design of cyber-physical systems. Research on Methods and Tools will bridge the gaps between approaches to the cyber and physical elements of systems through innovations such as novel support for multiple views, new programming languages, and algorithms for reasoning about and formally verifying properties of complex integrations of cyber and physical resources. The third CPS theme concerns new hardware and software Components, Run-time Substrates (infrastructure and platforms), and (engineered) Systems motivated by grand challenge applications. DUE DATES: Full Proposal Deadline Date: March 11, 2010; Second Thursday in March, Annually Thereafter

NSF GRADUATE STEM FELLOWS IN K-12 EDUCATION (GK-12) - This program provides funding for graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to bring their leading research practice and findings into K-12 learning settings. Through collaborations with other graduate fellows and faculty from STEM disciplines, teachers and students in K-12 environments, and community partners, graduate students can gain a deeper understanding of their own research and place it within a societal and global context. DUE DATES: Letter of Intent Deadline Date: April 20, 2010; Full Proposal Deadline Date: June 3, 2010

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) - The next ADVANCE program solicitation is expected to be available in the first half of 2010.  PAID proposals will likely be due late in 2010 and IT and IT-Catalyst proposals will likely be due late in 2011. Additional information about this NSF-wide program including information about ADVANCE awards, ADVANCE Implementation Committee members, and products, tools, and resources can be found here.

2011 IEEE-USA Government Fellowships- Each year, IEEE-USA sponsors three government fellowships for qualified IEEE members.  The fellows spend a year in Washington serving as advisers to the U.S. Congress and to key U.S. Department of State decision-makers. Known as either a Congressional Fellowship or an Engineering & Diplomacy Fellowship, this program links engineers with government, providing a mechanism for IEEE's U.S. members to learn firsthand about the public policy process. Application materials now available. Deadline: 15 March 2010

AAAS GrantsNet Express - A weekly American Association for the Advancement of Science listing of science funding opportunities from private foundations and organizations, and new U.S. government grant announcements in the sciences. AAAS will send GrantsNet by e-mail to AAAS member subscribers. - The President's 2002 Fiscal Year Management Agenda established as a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs. The site provides access to approximately $400 billion in annual awards. Most agencies, such as the DOE's Office of Science, use only to list all funding opportunities. Other funding opportunities of interest include the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and NASA.

AAAS: Communicating Science, Tools for Scientists & Engineers - Scientists and engineers who foster information-sharing and respect between science and the public are essential for the public communication of and engagement with science. Although traditional scientific training typically does not prepare scientists and engineers to be effective communicators outside of academia, funding agencies are increasingly encouraging researchers to extend beyond peer-reviewed publishing and communicate their results directly to the greater public. In response to this need in science communications, the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology has partnered with the National Science Foundation to provide resources for scientists and engineers, both online and through in-person workshops to help researchers communicate more broadly with the public.

Communicating Science online resources include webinars, how-to tips for media interviews, strategies for identifying public outreach opportunities, and more. Additionally, AAAS is providing workshops for scientists and engineers interested in learning more about science communication tools and techniques are now available. The schedule of NSF-sponsored workshops for the 2009-10 academic year has been updated and pre-registration is open. Please contact AAAS if you are interested in hosting a workshop at your institution.


Economic Policy Institute Releases Paper by Ron Hira (Former IEEE-USA VP for Government Activities and associate professor of Public Policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology) - The paper examines the H-1B and L-1 employers who sponsor their workers for permanent residency. One of the key arguments that companies make is that they are trying to keep foreign workers here permanently. In practice only some employers are trying to keep foreign workers here permanently.

National Science Foundation

During the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Science Board (NSB) released the policy-oriented companion piece to its biennial publication, Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI). SEI 2010 was delivered to the President and to Congress on January 15. The Board urged action to sustain U.S. leadership in science and engineering research. Carrying out its congressional mandate to oversee the collection of a very broad set of quantitative information about the U.S. science, engineering and technology enterprise, the NSB publishes data and trends every two years in the SEI. When the data reveal trends that raise important policy concerns the NSB believes should be brought to the attention of the President, Congress and the public, it develops and shares a "companion" policy statement to the SEI.

EPRI Releases Report Defining the Smart Grid - Intended for use by NIST in developing Smart Grid standards , the report provides a useful tool for engineers thinking of ways to exploit the Smart Grid. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) had engaged EPRI and other Smart Grid stakeholders to develop a draft interim standards roadmap that NIST could use to begin developing standards. The document runs 291 pages, and the Smart Grid probably offers the potential for as much engineering work in the next few decades as the Internet or the Apollo program provided across a similarly broad range of technical disciplines. 

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