Archive for March, 2007

Conference of Interest: ISSI (Madrid)

Friday, March 30th, 2007

This conference hosts a community interested in the measurement of research performance. This conference falls on odd-numbered years.

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New Journal

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

The Journal for Informetrics has been released. New for 2007.

  • Encourages interactions across all fields of information science
  • Widest possible dissemination via ScienceDirect
  • Faster publication via online submission

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Free WTEC Workshop on Rapid Vaccine Manufacturing

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Ramping up production of vaccines offers the best hope of preventing a pandemic of avian flu. To gather new ideas for engineering such improvements, the WTEC expert panel on Rapid Vaccine Manufacturing visited 18 of the top labs in Europe in early March. Earlier they surveyed U.S. R&D in the field with a workshop at NSF. Led by Joe Bielitzky, the panel will present their findings from 8:20AM to 4PM on March 30 in Room 555 at NSF in Arlington, VA. The workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required for entry into the NSF building. For more information and to register, visit http://wtec.org/vaccmfg/workshop/welcome.html

About WTEC

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

The World Technology Evaluation Center, Inc. is the nation’s leading organization in conducting international technology assessments via expert review. WTEC has conducted over 50 such studies since 1989. It was formerly a division of Loyola College in Maryland and is now a separate non-profit research corporation — an IRS 501 (c) (3) organization.

Sponsors include most of the Federal research agencies: NSF, ONR, DARPA, EPA, NIH, NASA, NIST, FDA, ARO, et al. WTEC supports these agencies with on-site contractor personnel. Our staff has many years of experience in international technology assessment: Geoff Holdridge, Y. T. Chien, Mike DeHaemer, Roan Horning, Stephen Gould, Hassan Ali, and others.
WTEC Also organizes workshops for Federal clients. Our studies cover a wide range of technologies. Examples include information technologies, electronics, biological technologies, manufacturing, nuclear power, subsea technologies, and many others. Recent ones include metabolic engineering, converging technologies, and quantum information systems. Workshop proceedings and the full text of all final reports are posted at http://www.wtec.org/, and hardcopies are available.

Chinese Culture Centered on Science

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

This article provides a general overview of how science is an integrated and important part of China’s workforce and politics. The idea is that they “Think Big” about science and technology.

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China Increases Military Spending

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

“China announced its biggest increase in defense spending in five years.” Such a maneuver raises red flags across the world, particularly in Japan and the United States. However, representatives from China’s National People’s Congress claim that this budget increase is necessary because their forces are weak.

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ATP Near Death Experience

Monday, March 5th, 2007

“Run by NIST, the Advanced Technology Program was begun in the early 1990s as a way to help companies conduct research aimed at commercializing new products. Since 1995 some (mostly R’s) have called ATP’s Applied Research Program, ” Corporate Welfare,” and have sought to terminate it. Neither the Senate nor the House included money in NIST’s 2007 spending bills for the program. However, staffers staved off ATP’s demise in the spending bill President George W. Bush signed 2 weeks ago.”

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