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Maine Issues S&T Report Card

The Maine Science & Technology Foundation (MSTF) has released the 1998 Maine Science and Technology Report Card, a first look at the state’s performance across twenty science and technology related indicators. MSTF will use the report’s findings to develop benchmarks for the next revision of the state’s biennial strategic science and technology plan, due out this fall.

ASME Releases Position Paper on Kyoto Protocol

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has released a new paper that argues that even with maximum utilization of currently available technologies, the U.S. could not meet its carbon emission reduction obligations under the Kyoto Climate Change Protocol by 2008-2012.

The Kyoto Protocol calls for the U.S. to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases to a level seven percent below 1990 levels.

DEFENSE PICKS 363 MORE SBIR PHASE I AWARDS

The Department of Defense has released statistics for the 98.2 Phase I solicitation of the Small Business Innovation Research Program. The agency announced selection of 363 Phase I awards in 36 states. DOD funded 10.9 percent of the 3,339 Phase I proposals received. An accompanying table on the SSTI web site http://ssti.org/Digest/Tables/DODPhase1.htm provides the distribution of awards and proposal-to-award conversion ratios by state.

PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR PUSHES TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVES, TAX CUTS

In the state that created the Ben Franklin Centers in the early 1980s - models for several states’ first forays into S&T - Governor Tom Ridge has proposed a wide range of new initiatives to promote R&D investment, technology development, and commercialization within Pennsylvania.

FEDERAL LABS SUPPORT AUTO INITIATIVE

Seven federal labs from the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Midwest Region - representing the Air Force, Army, Navy, Department of Energy, NASA, Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - are cooperating in an initiative to help automotive manufacturers and suppliers access the resources of the federal laboratory system.

NOMINEES SOUGHT FOR NATIONAL MEDAL OF SCIENCE

The President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science is currently accepting nominations for the year 2000 award. Nominations and supporting information must be postmarked by May 31. The National Medal of Science recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to knowledge in the fields of physical, behavioral, biological, social, mathematical, or engineering sciences. Since the Medal’s establishment in 1959, 362 scientists and engineers have been honored.

NASA CENTER RENAMED

NASA Lewis Research Center, located in Ohio, has been renamed the "John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field" to honor the contributions John Glenn has made in American space history.

PRESIDENT’S BUDGET DRAWS MIXED REVIEWS FROM CONGRESS

Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Joe Lieberman (D-CT), Co-chairs of the Science & Technology Caucus, issued a joint statement reacting to the Clinton Administration’s FY 2000 budget request for R&D. Calling the President’s request a "mixed blessing," the senators praised the commitment to civilian R&D, while disagreeing with proposed cuts for defense research of nearly six percent.

MISSOURI ONE STEP CLOSER TO $40 MILLION SEED FUND

Investment capital to develop and commercialize new technologies may soon be easier to find in Missouri. The Commerce Committee of the Missouri House of Representatives last week endorsed House Bill 753, a proposal to create a $40 million seed capital fund supported by Governor Mel Carnahan. The fund would be capitalized at $10 million each year for four years. Additionally, private investors would get a 100-percent tax credit for all money they contributed to the new seed capital fund.

BILL REINTRODUCED TO DOUBLE CIVILIAN R&D

SENSENBRENNER CALLS FOR PERMANENT R&D TAX CREDIT

U.S. House Science Committee Chairman, James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) has introduced H.R. 760, a bill to make the national research and development tax credit permanent. Ranking Minority Member George Brown (D-CA) has agreed to cosponsor the legislation.

Proponents of the bill say making the credit permanent would remove uncertainty and disincentives for companies in pursuing longer-term research projects.

PRESIDENTIAL MENTORING AWARD NOMINEES SOUGHT

The National Science Foundation has issued a call for nominations for the 1999 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). Each award is accompanied by a $10,000 grant.

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