What’s the next big thing in replaceable body parts?
Cyborgs are trending from science fiction to reality shows. People with superior artificial parts have been fantasies since at least the popular 1970s sitcom, the Six Million Dollar Man, and many films that explore the possibilities. Now science fact is rapidly catching up with science fiction.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could buy spare parts for your body, just as you do for your car? Researchers around the world are pursuing this dream, and are making great progress. More and more spare parts are already being used to help patients recover from burns, bum knees, and even failure of whole organs. While artificial organ transplants are now limited to relatively simple ones like bladders, researchers are working on much more ambitious goals like kidneys, livers, and even hearts. (Brains are not included! Yet.)
Some of America’s top experts on the exciting new field of bio manufacturing recently visited the some of the best labs in Europe and Asia to bring back good ideas. They will present their results at a workshop on November 5, and you can attend for free. Just go to http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/nsf/141105/ to register. Or you can call 410-691-1579.
The World Technology Evaluation Center is the nation’s leading organization in conducting international technology assessments via peer review. WTEC has conducted over 70 such studies since 1989 under grants from a variety of Federal agencies. For more information, visit WTEC.
For more information: Ms. Patricia Foland, Vice President for International Operations, WTEC, firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 410-691-1579.
R. D. Shelton
The next Science and Technology Indicators (STI) conference will be held in Leiden, September 8-11. Papers or posters are due April 16.
There are other related conferences, but the ones that most people in the bibliometrics field try to go to are the STI and the international conference on scientometrics and informetrics (ICSI). The pattern is that STI is held in even years, and alternates between Leiden and some other city. I think it is to be held in Vienna in 2012. ICSI is held in odd numbered years; it will be in Durban, S. Africa in 2011.
The STI final paper is presented in .ppt form; no text version is required unless it is later published in the proceedings or a journal. In the past they have required an extended abstract for selection; I don’t see these specs on the current website.
R. D. Shelton
OSTP is fostering a Science of Science Policy (SoSP) community to better understand the efficacy and impact of federal R&D investments. In December 2008, over 200 people gathered to discuss the Science of Science Policy: A Federal Research Roadmap (PDF) (52pp, 3.75MB, About PDF) and begin a dialogue between academic researchers and federal practitioners. The second Science of Science Policy Workshop will continue this dialogue and delve into the issues surrounding performance management of federal research and development portfolios. It will be held on Oct. 28-29, 2009 at the Center for International Science and Technology Policy (CISTP), George Washington University in DC. I think I will go.
R. D. Shelton
1. The European Network of Indicator Designers (ENID-PRIME) has a conference scheduled March 3-5, 2010. Apparently they are not keen on yanks presenting papers, but they would probably let you come and listen. Not a bad idea, since it’s in Paris.
2. CWTS at Leiden University is organizing an S&T indicators conference September 9-11, 2010. The posted information doesn’t say, but they usually just require an extended abstract for evaluation, and a PowerPoint for presentation.
3. The next International Conference on Scientiometrics and Informetrics is scheduled for 2011 in S. Africa, at the University of Zululand, which is near Durban. The ISSI website says this is tentative, but I’ve heard Ronald Rousseau say it’s definite, and he’s the president of ISSI. Since the last conference in Rio was in July, I presume it will be about then. We can’t say that summer, though, for these countries south of the Equator.
R. D. Shelton
This swine flu is beginning to look like the Spanish flu, except it doesn’t seem to be as deadly–yet. The article below is some local news about triage tents in hospital parking lots. They will be coming to your local news soon too, well before you get the vaccine.
WTEC is doing what it can to build defenses against this kind of threat. We sent a delegation to Europe in 2007 to bring back ideas for faster development and production of vaccines. We’ve just raised enough money to send the same expert panel to Asia, and will have a kickoff meeting on October 28.
R. D. Shelton
13-14 May 2010
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Find out what’s in store for science and technology.
The annual AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy is the conference for people interested in public policy issues facing the science, engineering, and higher education communities. Since 1976, it has been the place where insiders go to learn what is happening and what is likely to happen in the coming year on the federal budget and the growing number of policy issues that affect researchers and their institutions. Come to the Forum, learn about the future of S&T policy, and meet the people who will shape it.
The 2009 Forum was held 30 April and 1 May 2009 (Thursday and Friday) at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.
Plagarized by R. D. Shelton
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.
This conference hosts a community interested in the measurement of research performance. This conference falls on odd-numbered years.
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
The next S&T indicators conference will be held in Vienna. Their last conference was held in 2006 at Leuven.