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Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeier
OSTP Director nominee Kelvin Droegemeier receives bipartisan backing at Senate hearing
23 August 2018

University of Oklahoma meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier received broad, bipartisan praise from senators at a hearing on his nomination to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Droegemeier repeatedly stressed that science must be free from political influence and outlined his views on growing global R&D competition, particularly from China.  Read More

Read Droegemeier's opening statement from the hearing.


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National Photonics Initiative praises bipartisan approval of NQI Act in House of Representatives
13 September 2018

The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) —a broad-based collaborative alliance among industry, academia, and government to raise awareness of optics, photonics and quantum science and technology—applauded bipartisan passage of the National Quantum Initiative Act in the House of Representatives today. The NQI Act, H.R. 6227, was unanimously approved by voice vote.

Read the full press release from the National Photonics Initiative.

Growing US-China trade war impacts optics and photonics technologies
The US Trade Representative has announced a process for US companies to request permission to continue importing targeted items on a duty-free basis.
7 September 2018

TThe US administration officially made good on the threat to impose tariffs on Chinese goods on 6 July 2018 as a 25% tariff on a first round of products totaling $34 billion in value came into effect. This constituted the boldest move yet in a growing trade war between the US and China, largely spurred by what is seen by the US as unfair practices. China immediately retaliated with their own list of tariffs on $34 billion of US goods.  Read More

EU research funders announce plan to implement aggressive open access requirements
7 September 2018

National research funding agencies from 11 European countries announced the launch of "Plan S," an initiative that will require all publications resulting from projects they support to be published in “compliant” open access journals or platforms starting in 2020. The group implementing the plan, known as "cOAlition S," includes leading funders such as UK Research and Innovation and the French National Research Agency.   Read More

National Photonics Initiative applauds Senate Commerce Committee approval of quantum legislation
1 August 2018

The National Photonics Initiative is praising a bipartisan vote in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to advance S. 3143, The National Quantum Initiative Act. The Committee unanimously voted to report the NQI Act, with important changes suggested by the NPI to enhance the bill’s effectiveness, to the chamber floor. The Senate Committee action follows bipartisan approval of similar legislation in the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in June.

Read the full press release from the National Photonics Initiative.

Trump picks Meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier to lead White House Science Office
1 August 2018

President Trump’s choice of meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has received widespread acclaim. Droegemeier has longstanding ties to the National Science Foundation and has contributed extensively to science policy at the national and state levels.   Read More

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