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Under sponsorship by NSF and other Federal agencies the World Technology Evaluation Center, Inc. (WTEC), the nation’s leading organization for conducting international technology assessments, has commissioned a panel of U.S. experts to complete a study started in 2007 on the worldwide advances in Vaccine Development and Production. Previously the United States and Europe were analyzed; now Asia is the focus in this phase. Results will be presented in a FREE workshop to be held on May 5, 2010, 8:30am – 4:00pm, at the National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford II, Room 555, Arlington, VA, 22230. Although the workshop is free, registration is required. For further information and registration visit:

The panel includes:
• Dr. Joseph Bielitzki, LENSAR, (Chair)
• Dr. Stephen W. Drew, Drew Solutions
• Dr. Cyril Gerard Gay, USDA
• Dr. Terrance Leighton, CHORI
• Dr. Sheldon Howard Jacobson, UIUC
• Dr. Mary Ritchey, Ritchey Associates

The panel will report on their visits to some 30 key academic and industrial institutions in 5 different countries in Asia. The panel will also compare findings in vaccine production with the latest research in the United States and Europe.

The full text of recently completed WTEC international reports on rapid vaccine manufacturing, brain-computer interfaces, carbon nanotube manufacturing, spin electronics, micromanufacturing, robotics, and many others are available free at

Free Worshop on Simulation-Based Engineering and Science (SBE&S)

Learn about the current directions in Simulation-Based Engineering and Science (SBE&S) from a panel of experts who have completed a study initiated by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other U.S. Government agencies to examine the worldwide status and trends in this field. This FREE workshop will be held during 8:30am – 4:00pm on April 25, 2008 at NSF, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, Room 375. Registration is required due to seating capacity and NSF security arrangements. Registration and more information.

2008 R&D Budget Policy

According to an article in the May 11, 2007 issue of Science magazine, U.S. presidential adviser John Marburger has informed researchers at the annual Science and Technology Forum that Congress and the White House cannot sustain the budget needed to capitalize on scientific opportunities. He pointed out that it is unrealistic to expect larger discretionary funding for science than has been provided in the last 40 years.US Discretionary Spending

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ITRI Archive

ITRInews was a monthly electronic newsletter edited by R. D. Shelton that covered international science and technology issues. It was first was published by Loyola College and then by the World Technology Research Center, Inc. (WTEC) during August 1998 to May 2004.

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International Technology Watching Sponsored by ONR

The World Technology Evaluation Center Inc. has been sponsored by ONR with studies like; Spin Electronics, Microsystems Research in Japan, International Assessment of Research and development in Micromanufacturing, Additive/Subtractive Manufacturing, and Micromanufacturing among others. The sponsoring divisions in ONR are listed here.

Task Force Publishes a 2006 Report on American Competitiveness

The Task Force on the Future of American Innovation are composed of organizations from industry and academia who promote increased federal support for R&D. Measuring the Moment is 2006 report in innovation, national security, and economic competitiveness. This document summarizes “The Knowledge Economy,” published in 2005 which implements the most up to date available information cited last year.

2005 European Commission’s Report

The European Commission presented an alarming report, “Key Figures 2005 for Science, Technology, and Innovation,” tracking European R&D activity up to 2003. The report  indicates that Europe is losing ground in innovation since 2000, and has become a less-than-attractive place to carry out research. In order to stay abreast, the European Council made a commitment to boost investment in R&D to 3% of GDP by 2010.

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