Reports, reviews, and assessments

9 May 2014

A report outlining opportunities for investment and cooperation in applied optics and photonics research was prepared by the Fast-Track Action Committee on Optics and Photonics (FTAC-OP) and presented to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Physical Sciences Subcommittee of the Committee on Science, National Science and Technology Council.  The report, “Building a Brighter Future with Optics and Photonics” is aimed at highlighting research and capability opportunities and describes a need for

9 Apr 2014

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a summary report for policymakers which outlines the findings in the fifth of a series of assessment reports.  The studies address the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change.  Topics covered include assessment and risk management, observed impacts, and building resilience.  Vulnerability and exposure to human and natural systems, impacts of current and future climate change and potential for adaptation are also addressed in the most recent sum

7 Apr 2014

The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 called for a Federal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education 5-Year Strategic Plan.  The Act similarly requires that a report provide an update on the implementation of the Strategic Plan, the efficiency and coherence of federal STEM programs, and dissemination of STEM education research and resources.  This Progress Report was recently published by the Office of Scien

28 Mar 2014

The AAAS announced its What We Know initiative in mid-March and recently published a report on climate change to contribute to a larger discussion on climate change issues.  This topic was addressed in President Obama’s State of the Union though its existence is heavily debated in Congress, with many people unsure about it.  In January, the President announced ways that the Administration would pursue action on climate change.  “Changing climate is already harming western communities struggling with drought, and coastal cities dealing with floods,” Obama noted as he called

12 Feb 2014

Yesterday the National Science Board released a report that has long been viewed as “the gold standard” on the state of science and engineering in the United States and other countries.  This report, Science and Engineering Indicators 2014, is important reading for anyone interested in STEM topics, including education, workforce, national and international R&D trends, academic R&D, the global knowledge and technology marketplace, public attitudes and understanding, and state performance.

11 Feb 2014

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) submitted a recent 9-page letter report to the President addressing the development of massive open online courses (MOOC) and the role of technology in education.   The development of information technology for use in higher education is of particular interest to PCAST and to the Administration as they seek to address the rise in higher education costs.

11 Feb 2014

The National Research Council (NRC) was asked by the National Science Foundation to assess the needs of the high magnetic fields research community to determine what are the drivers, opportunities and challenges in high magnetic field science.  The report, High Magnetic Field Science and its Application in the United States: Current Status and Future Directions, is an update to a review of the high magnetic field science last published in 2003.  The NRC Committee, chaired by Bertrand Halperin of Harvard University, was al

27 Feb 2013

The America Exceptionalism, American Decline?

4 Nov 2013

The National Science Board (NSB) recently released two tools relevant to the biennial report Science and Engineering Indicators.  A website, based on the Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) allows users to access data from the report related to student learning.  The NSB also recently released another tool, a Science and Engineering Indicators app for iPad which provides mobile access to the SEI report, the Science and Engineering Indicators Digest and two recent NSP policy companion reports.  The free app is available


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