- The White House has released a "National Biosurveillance Science and Technology Roadmap" to identify and prioritize research and development to protect the public from biological threats. Among the recommendations are establishing baseline levels of community and ecosystem risks and health, and focusing research on forecasting technologies and models that consider ecological and evolutionary drivers of disease impact. Learn more at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/06/17/rd-roadmap-points-way-biological-preparedness.
- The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee has approved a merger of its Technology and Research subcommittees into a single subpanel. According to Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) the action "decreases the Science Committee's costs but does not decrease the committee's jurisdiction."
- The federal government is requesting information on high-impact collaborative efforts on big data and potential areas of expanded collaboration between the public and private sectors. Learn more at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-21/html/2013-14746.htm.
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