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Public Policy Spotlight

NPI testifies at House Science hearing on Quantum
National Photonics Initiative testifies during
House Science Committee hearing on quantum

National Photonics Initiative Testifies During House Science Committee Hearing on Quantum
24 October 2017

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology and Subcommittee on Energy held a joint hearing, "American Leadership in Quantum Technology," featuring testimony from experts including Dr. Christopher Monroe, professor of physics at the University of Maryland and founder and chief scientist at IonQ, Inc., who testified on behalf of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) – an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics.
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Watch the hearing. [Or read the written testimony by clicking on the various speakers' names on the hearing landing page.]

For more information, read the white paper published earlier this year titled, A Call for a National Quantum Initiative, where the NPI details how US investment in a National Quantum Initiative will accelerate the development of commercially available quantum-based technologies to facilitate growth in the US economy and keep pace with accelerating international competition.
Read the white paper

For further coverage of the hearing and to understand the power of quantum computing, read the article 'The Computer That Could Rule the World' written by Arthur Herman, author and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, for the Wall Street Journal on 27 October 2017.  Read the article


Other Policy News

University Leaders Warn Appropriators on Proposed Research Overhead Cuts
1 November 2017

Appropriators of both parties appear increasingly united in opposition to the Trump administration’s proposed 10 percent cap on research overhead reimbursements at the National Institutes of Health.  Read More

The European Commission launched the €30 billion ($35 billion) 2018–2020 Work Program for Horizon 2020
27 October 2017

The European Commission presented the final Work Programme for Horizon 2020, covering the budgetary years 2018, 2019 and 2020 and representing an investment of around €30 billion. The vast majority of this funding is allocated on the basis of competitive calls which are open to applications from researchers, businesses and other interested organizations located in any of the EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon 2020. Organisations from third countries can also participate in the projects, subject to certain conditions.  Read the European Commission Fact Sheet

Dr. Walter Copan Confirmed as NIST Director
11 October 2017

Dr. Walter Copan was confirmed by Congress as Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director on 5 October 2017. Dr. Copan has had a distinguished and diverse career as a science and technology executive in large and small corporations, US government, nonprofit and other public-sector settings.  Read More

Moonshot Acceleration Factor: Medical Imaging
10 October 2017

Medical imaging is essential to screening, early diagnosis, and monitoring responses to cancer treatments and, when used with other diagnostics, provides guidance for clinicians in choosing the most effective patient management plan that maximizes survivorship and quality of life. At a gathering of agency officials, patient advocacy organizations, industry/professional stakeholder groups, and clinical/basic science academicians, recommendations were made on why and how one should build a “cancer knowledge network” that includes imaging. Steps to accelerate the translation and clinical adoption of cancer discoveries to meet the goals of the Cancer Moonshot include harnessing computational power and architectures, developing data sharing policies, and standardizing medical imaging and in vitro diagnostics.  Read the Report

Photonics will Power Industry 4.0, says Photonics21 Work Group
5 October 2017

Photonics devices and their applications have revolutionized society through innovative industrial production processes and working conditions, asserted participants in a meeting 11 September in Frankfurt of the Photonics 21 Work Group on Industrial Manufacturing and Quality.  Read More

National Photonics Initiative, Edmund Optics Host US Congresswoman Martha McSally
21 September 2017

The National Photonics Initiative (NPI), an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, and Edmund Optics (EO), the premier provider of optical components, today welcomed US Congresswoman Martha McSally (R-AZ) to the company's Tucson Research and Design Center to showcase Southern Arizona's strength in optics and photonics – the science and application of light.  Read More

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