Nanotechnology

NSF / OSTP Comment Deadline: National Strategic Overview for Quantum Information Science

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science within the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) are requesting information from the American research and development community working within quantum information science to inform the Subcommittee as the Government develops the means to address specific policy recommendations.

In particular, the "National Strategic Overview for Quantum Information Science" calls upon agencies to develop plans to address six identified key policy areas to enable continued American leadership in quantum information science. These agencies seek public input to inform their work in developing the means to address the specific policy recommendations included in the "Strategic Overview" and the overall goals of the National Quantum Initiative Act

Members of the public may submit comments by email or at this online form. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.

EPA Meeting: Board of Scientific Counselors, Executive Committee

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development, will hold a meeting of the Executive Committee of its Board of Scientific Counselors. The Board of Scientific Counselors is a federal advisory committee that provides advice and recommendations to EPA's Office of Research and Development on technical and management issues of its research programs.

Members of the public may attend in person with advance registration. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.

CDC Comment Deadline: Proposed Data Collection for "Survey of Engineered Nanomaterial Occupational Safety and Health Practices"

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking public comment on a proposed information collection project titled Survey of Engineered Nanomaterial Occupational Safety and Health Practices. The goal of this project is to assess the relevance and impact of National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)'s contribution to guidelines and risk mitigation practices for safe handling of engineered nanomaterials in the workplace.

The intended use of this data is to inform NIOSH's research agenda to enhance its relevance and impact on worker safety and health in the context of engineered nanomaterials. NIOSH is in the process of procuring a contractor to perform the work, and is on schedule to award a contract by summer 2019. 

The research under this project will survey companies who manufacture, distribute, fabricate, formulate, use or provide services related to engineered nanomaterials. The analysis will describe the survey sample, response rates, and types of company by industry and size. Further analysis will focus on identifying the types of engineered nanomaterials being used in industry and the types of occupational safety and health practices being implemented. The analysis will be used to develop a final report which evaluates the influence of NIOSH products, services, and outputs on industry occupational safety and health practices.

Members of the public may submit online at Regulations.gov or by mail. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.

House Markup: Bills on Science Research and Policy

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will hold a markup session on four bills related to science research and policy. Particularly, the Committee will consider:

  • HR 36: Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019
  • HR 2528: STEM Opportunities Act of 2019
  • HR 3153: Vera Rubin Survey Telescope Designation Act
  • HR 3196: Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid Research and Treatment Act

Members of the public may attend in person or via webcast. More information is available at the Committee's website.

NIH Meeting: National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, will hold a meeting of its National Toxicology Program (NTP) Board of Scientific Counselors. The Board, a federally chartered, external advisory group composed of scientists from the public and private sectors, will review and provide advice on programmatic activities. 

The agenda includes an update on status of NTP's strategic realignment with presentations by partner agencies on activities in support of NTP, as well as NTP's 40th anniversary recognition; it also includes talks that will focus on the new NTP Health Effects Innovation programs and reports on several meetings. 

Members of the public may attend with advance registration either in person or via webcast. More information is available at this Federal Register notice and at NIH website.