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  • CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE WASHINGTON INTERNSHIPS FOR STUDENTS OF ENGINEERING (WISE) 2018 PROGRAM Nov 13, 2017 - Ranked as one of the best internships in the U.S. by the Princeton Review, WISE (Washington Internships for Students of Engineering) offers a unique opportunity to 3rd and 4th year engineering students to spend the summer in Washington, D.C., learning about the interaction of technology and public policy. ASME is now accepting applications till Dec. 31, 2017 for the summer 2018 program.
  • Energy Department Announces Fourth Round of Entrepreneurship Program at Berkeley National Laboratory Nov 3, 2017 - The Energy Department today announced the opening of the application period for innovators to join the fourth cohort of the Cyclotron Road program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Cyclotron Road, one of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs, embeds top technical talent with new ideas within Berkeley Lab as entrepreneurial researchers to address fundamental energy and manufacturing challenges identified by industry.
  • CRS Reports on Clean Power Plan Nov 3, 2017 - On October 10, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP), an Obama Administration rule that would limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing fossil-fuel-fired power plants. Because power plant CO2 emissions account for about 30% of total U.S. anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), the CPP has been seen as the most important U.S. regulation addressing climate change.
  • Application of Systemic Review Methods in an Overall Strategy for Evaluating Low - Dose Toxicity from Endocrine Active Chemicals Nov 3, 2017 - A recent report was released on how the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can better safeguard public health, by employing such methods as keeping on top of new scientific information and emerging technologies applicable to its regulatory decision making; determining how to incorporate animal-testing data to use to make predictions about negative human health effects; performing dose-response extrapolations; identifying and protecting susceptible population groups; and better addressing uncertainties.
  • GAO Report on the FDA's Steps to Improve Expanded Access Program Nov 3, 2017 - The General Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report concerning the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) expanded access program that assists patients with serious or life threatening ailments where there exists no other comparable medical options. This special access allows these patients to obtain access to investigational drugs outside of a clinical trial for investigational drugs with the consent of the pharmaceutical company.
  • Disruptive bioengineering – changing the way cells interact with each other Nov 2, 2017 - Researchers at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine have developed a new platform based on the revolutionary CRISPR/Cas9 technology, to alter the way human cells respond to external signals, and provide new opportunities for stopping cancer cells from developing
  • Celebrating Manufacturing Day with a Focus on FDI Nov 2, 2017 - Although I believe Manufacturing Day is an everyday affair, the official 2017 Manufacturing Day has come and gone. On October 6, modern-day manufacturing was showcased to students, teachers, parents, prospective employees, elected officials, and more at over 2,800 separate events across the country.
  • Soft robotics will pick fruit with finesse and save your life too Nov 2, 2017 - ‘Soft robots’, unlike their old, rigid counterparts, are simply robots constructed with soft materials. These transformations have emerged due to recent new fields of science such as biomimetics (looking to nature to solve complex human problems) and morphological computation (replicating physical systems to improve computation efficiency). In other words, systems that basically mimic nature and biology to make things work more efficiently.
  • Colloquium on the Science of Science Communication Nov 1, 2017 - At this third National Academy of Sciences colloquium on the science of science communication, researchers, policymakers, science journalists, and others will explore evidence-based strategies to engage the public with science.
  • World's Atmospheric CO2 Spiked To A Record Last Year: UN Nov 1, 2017 - The Huffington Post Studies have shown that carbon sinks, like oceans and the biosphere, may lose their efficacy in absorbing CO2 as temperatures rise.
  • Apprenticeships have a new role beyond the trades Nov 1, 2017 - Chicago Tribune President Donald Trump in June signed an executive order calling for doubling the amount of federal grants that support apprenticeships to $200 million. The U.S. had more than 505,000 active apprentices in 2016, up from 375,000 three years earlier. The pretest leaves many people frustrated because it's been a long time since they learned math, said Nichole Carter, coordinator with the Greater Bronzeville Neighborhood Network, one of the community partners.
  • Don't Forget to Register for BETO's Webinar Series to Learn More About Biomass Oct 31, 2017 - Time is running out! Register today to sign up your class or after-school program for the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) “Invite a Bioenergy Expert” webinar series presented through OPERATION BioenergizeME. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about using biomass—plant, algae, and organic waste material—to produce renewable fuels and everyday products like cosmetics, plastic bottles, cleaners, clothing, and much more. BETO’s bioenergy experts will also share details about their current projects and help students understand how they can make the leap from the classroom to an exciting, rewarding science-based career
  • Robots rising? Bring it on Oct 31, 2017 - You’ve probably heard this already, considering Coeur d’Alene was the first city in the nation to pass an ordinance authorizing the use of robots on public property. The law also allows robotic, driverless cars to operate on Coeur d’Alene roads.
  • Turning Cybersecurity Awareness into a Cybersecurity Career Oct 31, 2017 - Immediately after I successfully defended my dissertation for my Ph.D. in educational technology, I began to think about all the benefits that came along with that achievement. Aside from being regarded as an expert in my field, I relished the fact that my Ph.D. had earned me the right to be addressed as “Dr. Pruitt-Mentle”—or better, Dr. “Mental”—and to select "Dr." from drop-down menus when registering for conferences.
  • Statement from Secretary of Energy Rick Perry on DOE’s Regulatory Review Report to the President Oct 30, 2017 - “As Secretary of Energy, and in line with the President’s Executive Order to promote energy independence and economic growth, I directed Departmental staff to review and reduce regulatory burdens on the American people. Through our ongoing efforts, we will promote job creation and economic growth, unleash American energy dominance, and advance the energy security of our international trading partners. From our review, we have identified several hurdles to domestic energy development and use, and offered recommendations to eliminate those burdens. These recommendations are to: 1) streamline natural gas exports; 2) review national laboratory policies; 3) review National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations; and 4) review the DOE Appliance Standards Program. I look forward to the President’s review of our recommendations, and to freeing the energy sector from unnecessary regulatory burdens.”
  • Supplying Ingenuity: Sustaining and Growing US Manufacturing Jobs in Advanced, Fuel -Efficient Vehicles, Components, and Materials and Technology Oct 30, 2017 - MANUFACTURING CAUCUS BRIEFING The briefing will bring together industry experts, and national- and local-level labor and company speakers to discuss automotive technology innovation, investment, manufacturing, and job growth across the country and what is needed to maintain it. Event to be held on Nov. 2 on Capitol Hill.
  • Securing Manufacturing in the United States: The Role of Manufacturing USA Oct 30, 2017 - Manufacturing USA is a nationwide network of research centers for manufacturing innovation. It is designed to strengthen U.S.-based advanced manufacturing through partnerships among industry, academia, and government. The first institute started in 2012, with later institutes established under the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2014 (RAMI Act). Today, the 14 manufacturing institutes (which address innovation in a variety of technologies including additive manufacturing, flexible electronics, fabrics, advanced robotics, and biopharmaceutical manufacturing) are working to help move early-stage research into capabilities ready for adoption by U.S. manufacturers. Briefing on October 31 on Capitol Hill.
  • ASME GOVERNMENT RELATIONS WEBINAR, “TECHNOLOGY INTERSECTING POLICY AND POLITICS!” Recording Available Oct 27, 2017 - ASME Government Relations recently hosted an exciting new webinar about what it is like to be an ASME Fellow in Congress, featuring two Fellows—one in the U. S. Senate and another in the U.S. House of Representatives. Please visit our on demand link to listen.
  • Navigating the Manufacturing Process and Ensuring the Quality of Regenerative Medicine Therapies Oct 27, 2017 - Regenerative medicine holds the potential to create living, functional cells and tissues which can be used to repair or replace those that have suffered irreparable damage due to disease, age, traumatic injury, or congenital defects.
  • How much water flows into agricultural irrigation? New study provides 18-year water use record Oct 27, 2017 - "We want to know how human activities are having an impact on the environment," said hydrogeologist David Hyndman of Michigan State University (MSU), principal investigator of the project. "Irrigation nearly doubles crop yields and increases farmer incomes, but unsustainable water use for irrigation is resulting in depletion of groundwater aquifers around the world. The question is: 'How can we best use water?'"
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