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Federal Register Summary for week of 13 January

    Commerce

  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation Call for 2012 Nominations

    AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice and request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (United States Patent and Trademark Office) is accepting nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). Since establishment by Congress in the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, the President of the United States has awarded the annual National Medal of Technology and Innovation (initially known as the National Medal of Technology) to our nation's leading innovators. If you know of a candidate who has made an outstanding, lasting contribution to the economy through the promotion of technology or technological manpower, you may obtain a nomination form from: http://go.usa.gov/1dU.

    ADDRESSES: The NMTI nomination form for the year 2012 may be obtained by visiting the USPTO Web site at http://go.usa.gov/1dU. Nomination applications should be submitted to Steven Berk, Program Manager, National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, by electronic mail to: NMTI@uspto.gov or by mail to: Steven Berk, NMTI Program Manager, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450.

    DATES: The deadline for submission of a nomination is March 31, 2012.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Berk, Program Manager, National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone (571) 272-8400 or by electronic mail: nmti@uspto.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-13/html/2012-600.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Committee on Science Integration for Decision Making

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Committee on Science Integration for Decision Making.

    DATES: The teleconference date is January 31, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held by teleconference only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain further information about this teleconference must contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Dr. Nugent may be contacted at the EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; or via telephone/voice mail; (202) 565-2218; fax (202) 564-2050; or email at nugent.angela@epa.gov. General information about the EPA SAB, as well as any updates concerning the public meeting announced in this notice, may be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-12/html/2012-450.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Availability of the Report on the International Workshop on Alternative Methods To Reduce, Refine, and Replace the Use of Animals in Vaccine Potency and Safety Testing: State of the Science and Future Directions

    AGENCY: Division of the National Toxicology Program (DNTP), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    ACTION: Availability of workshop report.


    SUMMARY: The NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) announces availability of the report on the "International Workshop on Alternative Methods To Reduce, Refine, and Replace the Use of Animals in Vaccine Potency and Safety Testing: State of the Science and Future Directions.'' The report was published as an issue of the journal Procedia in Vaccinology, and is available on the journal's Web site at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/1877282X. A limited number of CDs and printed copies of the report are available from NICEATM (see ADDRESSES).

    ADDRESSES: Requests for copies of the report should be sent by mail, fax, or email to Dr. William S. Stokes, NICEATM Director, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, MD K2-16, Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709, (phone) (919) 541-2384, (fax) (919) 541-0947, (email) niceatm@niehs.nih.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. William S. Stokes: (telephone) (919) 541-2384, (fax) (919) 541-0947, or (email) niceatm@niehs.nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-13/html/2012-563.htm

  • Meeting of the National Biodefense Science Board

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is hereby giving notice that the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) will be holding a public meeting, followed by a closed portion of the meeting under exemption 9(B) of the Government in Sunshine Act, 5 U.S.C. 552b(c).

    DATES: The February 2, 2012 NBSB public meeting is tentatively scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A portion of the public meeting will be closed and is tentatively scheduled from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate. Please check the NBSB Web site for the most up-to-date information on the meeting.

    ADDRESSES: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Palladian Ballroom, 2500 Calvert Street NW. (at Connecticut Ave.) Washington, District of Columbia 20008. To attend by teleconference, call 1-(866) 395-4129, pass-code "ASPR.'' Please call 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the conference call to facilitate attendance. Pre-registration is required for in person public attendance. Individuals who wish to attend the meeting in person should send an email to NBSB@HHS.GOV with "NBSB Registration'' in the subject line.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: MacKenzie Robertson, Acting Executive Director, NBSB, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; (202) 260-0447; fax (202) 205-8508; Email: NBSB@HHS.GOV.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-09/html/2012-152.htm

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Council of Councils.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: Council of Councils.

    Date: February 1, 2012.

    Open: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Agenda: Call to order, Overview of Office of Research Infrastructure Program (ORIP), Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives Update, and Scientific Presentation.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: 3 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Open: 4:40 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Agenda: Overall discussion and adjournment.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Robin Kawazoe, Executive Secretary, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Director, NIH, Building 1, Room 260B, Bethesda, MD 20892, KAWAZOER@MAIL.NIH.GOV.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person. Information is also available on the Council of Council's home page at http://dpcpsi.nih.gov/council/. Where an agenda and proposals to be discussed will be posted before the meeting date.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-11/html/2012-381.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment on the National Science Board Data Policies Report

    AGENCY: National Science Board (NSB), NSF.

    ACTION: Request for public comments.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Board seeks comments from the public on the report from the Committee on Strategy and Budget's Task Force on Data Policies, Digital Research Data Sharing and Management.

    DATES: Send comments by email to Blane Dahl at the National Science Board Office at bdahl@nsf.gov. Comments are due by close of business Wednesday, January 18, 2012.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Recognizing that the proliferation of digital research data has significant policy implications, the National Science Board Committee on Strategy and Budget established the Task Force on Data Policies to lead a broad examination on how research data collected with NSF funding are shared and managed to ensure broad, timely, and long-term availability to the research community. The recommendations in the resulting Data Policies Report reflect the Board's firm commitment to ensuring broad, timely, and sustained access to digital research data; addressing the cost burdens associated with managing digital research data; and developing a qualified workforce in data-enabled science and engineering.

    The full Report is available at http://www.nsf.gov/news/newssumm.jsp?cntnid=122702&WT.mcid=USNSF62&WT.mc_ev=click. Comments should be germane to the subject matter of the Report.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about this notice, please contact the National Science Board Office, telephone: (202) 292-7000.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-12/html/2012-358.htm

  • U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel Review, 76826.

    Date/Time: January 24, 2012, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., January 25, 2012, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1295, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Sue LaFratta, Office of Polar Programs (OPP). National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. (703) 292-8030.

    Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person listed above.

    Purpose of Meeting: The Panel will conduct an independent review of the current U.S. Antarctic Program to ensure the nation is pursuing the best twenty-year trajectory for conducting science and diplomacy in Antarctica--one that is environmentally sound, safe, innovative, affordable, sustainable, and consistent with the Antarctic Treaty.

    Agenda: Present the Panel with additional programmatic information related to opportunities and challenges for Antarctic research and research support; discussion of other Agency requirements for research and support in Antarctica; planning for additional meetings.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-11/html/2012-286.htm

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