Wayne State University astronomer Dr. Ed Cackett will deliver a lecture entitled Neutron Stars: Humanity in a Sugar Cube on September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. The lecture accompanies the “Here, There, Everywhere” NASA traveling exhibit that is currently on display in the UGL
The latest data from the National Science Foundation (NSF) indicates that federal funding of basic research at universities and colleges is essentially unchanged from FY2011 to FY2012. The report also provides trends in funding of basic research broken down by:
- character of work,
- funding agency, and
- field of science and engineering
See this NSF InfoBrief for further information and access to the detailed data.
Beginning September 8 and running through the end of the month, the David Adamany Undergraduate Library will be hosting “Here, There, Everywhere (HTE),” a traveling NASA exhibit that illustrates how familiar phenomena on Earth and across the Universe are connected by basic physical laws. HTE was conceived, designed and generated by a team at the Chandra X-ray Center, which is part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
For further information about the exhibit, visit the online exhibit guide at this link.
The U. S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science has issued a new statement on the management of digital data generated in the course of DOE-funded research. The statement indicates that data management plans (DMPs) will be required that describe how digital data will be shared and preserved; the DMP requirements will appear in DOE solicitations issued on and after October 1, 2014.
Read the full statement on the DOE site here.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has published its Open Government Plan 3.0, a roadmap for the agency’s efforts to improve transparency, to better integrate public input into NSF programs and policies, and to seek out opportunities for collaboration with other agencies and with private institutions. The plan is in response to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 2009 directive on open government. Read more about the Open Government Plan 3.0 here.
A recent post in the Data Pub: Conversations about data blog from the California Digital Library does a great job at making the case for researchers to create their ORCID researcher ID, and how this differs from other services (Google Scholar, Research Gate and the like). Read the post here.
The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), has published a report on the first in a series of meetings to develop a new strategy for undergraduate engineering education that meets the needs of industry in the 21st century. The Phase 1 report, entitled Synthesizing and Integrating Industry Perspectives, summarizes a May 2013 workshop which “brought together representatives of industry and academia in an intensive exploration of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed in engineering today and in the coming years”, and which is the initial component of a multi-year ASEE/NSF study called Transforming Undergraduate Education in Engineering (TUEE).
The Phase 1 report is available here.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has launched an online portal to provide the public with free access to private-sector standards that have been incorporated by reference into U.S. Government regulations.
Read the complete announcement here.
Three U.S. standards-developing organizations (ASTM, NFPA, and ASHRAE) are suing an internet publisher in U.S. District Court for trademark and copyright infringement for posting safety and technical standards. The ABA Journal provides this article about the lawsuit and the defendant’s contention that the standards lost copyright protection when incorporated by reference in federal or state regulations.