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All eyes are on the One Hundred-Fourteenth United States congress as they went back to work last week, as well as the post-election results and what they could mean for critical Science & Technology issues, including federal R&D funding for FY2018- FY2021, and upcoming changes to the U.S. H1B visa regulations and STEM workforce.
- Monsanto Growth Ventures, Augmented Pixels, LumiLEDS at al. will present to the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources.
- Semiconductor Research Corporation at the PCAST meeting.
- Prior to the House Energy and Commerce Disrupter Series hearing, members had the opportunity to participate in a demonstration of Audi USA, Tesla, and BMW’s self-driving cars, Witnesses at the meeting included: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Consumer Policy and Mobilization, Consumer Technology Association, and the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association.
- The ClearPath Foundation, at the September 14th House Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing titled “The Future of Nuclear Power“
- Witnesses at the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee meeting included: Level 3 Communications, and Virta Labs.
- Witnesses at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Augmented Reality Hearing included: Gartner, Niantic, Inc. (developer of Pokémon GO), DAQRI, Entertainment Software Association.
Legislation to Watch
Public Meetings and Requests for Input or Information
- November 18, 2016. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology held a public meeting to discuss the EPA Water Action Plan, semiconductors, and agricultural biodefense.
- December 6, 2016– The Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR), the major program unit of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine responsible will meet at the National Academy of Sciences Building Washington, DC.
- December 7, 2016– Representatives of more than 12 scientific societies will meet to explore the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the EPA, FDA, and USDA commissioned independent study performed by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to support the National Strategy for Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Biotechnology Products.
- There are several open calls for public input by the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Public Contribution System.
- The OSTP Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST), under the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability of the National Science and Technology Council, is initiating, in coordination with the National Ocean Council, development of an ocean-research plan to lay out priorities for future marine studies: “Ocean Research in the Coming Decade.”