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Washington Update
Week of January 11 - 15
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President Delivers Final State of the Union Address

On Tuesday, January 12, President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address. In the speech, President Obama called for a "moonshot" to find a cure for cancer and support for clean energy development. He noted: "Medical research is critical. We need the same level of commitment when it comes to developing clean energy sources." Further information on the President's priorities is expected to be included in the President's FY2017 budget, set to be released on February 9, 2016. The budget will be available here.
 

Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is accepting nominations for the 2016 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal, presented each year by the President, is the country's highest award for technological achievement. The medal can be awarded to individuals, teams (up to four individuals), companies or divisions of companies to recognize their outstanding contributions to the U.S. economic, environmental, and social well-being.

Nominations are due by midnight (EST) on April 1, 2016. Further information is available here.
 

Legislative and Committee Activities

The House will be in recess the week of January 18 - January 22
 
Thursday, January 21
 
Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Hearing: The status of innovative technologies within the automotive industry
9:30 a.m., 366 Dirksen

Agency Advisory Committee Meetings of Interest
 
We recently introduced a new section -- Agency Advisory Committee Meetings of Interest. This section will include public agency meetings which may be relevant to your work. If a meeting is of interest, and happening in the Washington, D.C. area, please contact Madeline in our Washington, D.C. office, and she may be able to attend on your behalf. 
 
HHS: Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services Meeting
The Advisory Council provides advice on how to prevent or reduce the burden of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias on people with the disease and their caregivers. During the meeting, the Advisory Council will review the process for developing recommendations and developing the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease.
The meeting will be held Jan. 25 in Bethesda, MD.

NOAA: Science Advisory Board (SAB)
The meeting will include the following topics: (1) Report from the Environmental Information Services Working Group on a Review of the NOAA Partnership Policy; (2) Discussion of Ways to Optimize SAB and Working Group Operations and Working Group staff support from the Line Offices and (3) Continued Discussion of Strategic Advice to NOAA and Impact on SAB Operations.
The meeting will be held Jan. 28 in Silver Springs, MD.

NIST: Genome in a Bottle Consortium-Progress and Planning Workshop
The Genome in a Bottle Consortium is developing the reference materials, reference methods, and reference data needed to assess confidence in human whole genome variant calls. A principal motivation for this consortium is to enable performance assessment of sequencing and science-based regulatory oversight of clinical sequencing.
The meeting will be held Jan. 28 and 29 in Palo Alto, CA.
Nomination Announcements

National Institute of Standards and Technology Federal Advisory Committees

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting nominations for appointment to eight existing Federal Advisory Committees:
  • Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
  • Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
  • Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board
  • Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board
  • National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee
  • Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction
  • NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee
  • Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology
Nominations will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Further information is available here.
 
Council on Graduate Medical Education

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accpeting nominations to fill vacancies on the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME). The COGME provides advice and recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services and members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on matters related to: supply of physicians in the U.S., physician workforce trends, training issues, and financing policies.

The agency will receive nominations on a continuous basis. Further information is available here.
 
Fellowship/Internship Announcements

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting applications for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. The SURF Program provides research opportunities for students to work with NIST scientists and engineers in their Gaithersburg, MD and Boulder, CO laboratories. The program runs mid-May through the end of July (Boulder) or beginning of August (Gaithersburg).

Application deadline: Friday, February 12, 2016. Further information is available here.

 
National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Traineeship Program

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track.

Letters of intent are due by close of business on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. The full proposal deadline is February 9, 2016. Further information is available here.

 
OSTP Summer Policy Internship

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is accepting applications for their summer internship program. OSTP interns have the opportunity to work closely with senior White House officials and science and technology policy analysts in OSTP's topic-based divisions.

Application deadline: Friday, February 26 at 11:59 EST. Further information is available here.
News Articles
Health panel: Pump new billions into disease outbreaks—or else
 
What Vice President Biden’s moonshot may mean for cancer research
Without Basic Knowledge, Innovation Fails (Op-Ed)
 
Is the cure for cancer real or rhetoric?
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