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DC News: US House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee Hearing on Spectrum Crunch – 4-18-12

The U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation holds a hearing on "Avoiding the Spectrum Crunch: Growing the Wireless Economy through Innovation."

April 18, 2012 @ 2 pm
Rayburn House Office Building – Room 2318, Washington, DC


? Dr. James Olthoff, Deputy Director, Physical Measurement Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology
? Mr. Richard Bennett, Senior Research Fellow, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
? Mr. Christopher Guttman-McCabe, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA–The Wireless Association
? Ms. Mary Brown, Director, Technology and Spectrum Policy, Cisco Systems, Inc.
? Dr. Rangam Subramanian, Chief Wireless and Technology Strategist, Idaho National Laboratory


DC News: US House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee Hearing on NSF Major Multi-User Research Facilities Management - 4-18-12

The U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Science Education holds a hearing on Research and Science Education - NSF Major Multi-User Research Facilities Management.

April 18, 2012 @ 10 am
2318 Rayburn House Office Building – Room 2318, Washington, DC


? Dr. Ethan J. Schreier, President, Associated Universities, Inc.
? Dr. William S. Smith, Jr., President, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy
? Dr. David Divins, Vice President and Director, Ocean Drilling Programs, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Inc.
? Dr. Gregory S. Boebinger, Director, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Professor of Physics, Florida State University and University of Florida
? Dr. Sol Michael Gruner, Director, Cornell High Energy Synchrotorn Source and The John L. Wetherill Professor of Physics, Cornell University


DC News: US. Senate HELP Committee Hearing on Accelerated Learning – 4-18-12

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a full committee hearing on "Effective Strategies for Accelerated Learning."

April 18, 2012 @ 10 am
Dirksen Senate Office Building – Room 430, Washington, DC


Panel I

? Tom Rudin, Senior Vice President, The College Board, Washington, DC
? Carolyn Bacon Dickson, Executive Director, O’Donnell Foundation, The Texas AP Incentive Program, Dallas, TX
? Peter Winograd, Director, University of New Mexico Center for Policy Research, Albuquerque, NM
? Marybeth Shubert, Executive Director, New Mexico Advanced Placement Initiative, Santa Fe, NM
? Joel Vargas, Vice-President, Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA


DC News: US Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on Promoting American Competitiveness – 4-17-12

The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion announces a hearing on promoting American competitiveness: filling jobs today and training workers for tomorrow.

April 17, 2012 @ 10 am
Russell Senate Office Building - Room 253, Washington, DC



FCC Ready to Begin Reform of USF Contribution Methodology

As mentioned on January 20th, the FCC is about to start the process of reforming the Universal Service Fund (USF) Contribution methodology in WC Docket No. 06-122.  Because colleges and universities might be impacted by changes in the USF “pass through” fees on their telephone and broadband service bills, EDUCAUSE Policy has been tracking this situation carefully.

On April 27, 2012, the FCC is scheduled to vote on a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will seek comment on proposals to reform and modernize how USF contributions are “assessed and recovered.”  Comments and Reply Comments are expected to be received in June and July, but a final decision is not expected until 2013.

DC News: ICANN to Reveal Who Applied for New Generic Top-Level Domains on 4-30-12

ICANN has set April 30th as its target date to release the list of applications for new generic top-level domains, specifying who has applied for which domain names.


DC News: US Education Secretary and FCC Chairman and Discuss Digital Textbooks with EdTech Leaders

On March 29, 2012, at a digital learning summit in Washington, DC, US Education Secretary Arne Duncan and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski led a discussion about integrating tablet computers into schools.  They pointed to a study that said switching to “digital textbooks” would save schools about $250 per student per year.


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DC News: VP Biden Holds Twitter Event about College Affordability – 4-3-12 @ 3:45 pm

On April 3, 2012, Vice President Joe Biden holds a Twitter event, beginning at 3:45 pm, to answer questions about college affordability.

Questions can be asked using the hashtag #AskVP and the chat can be followed live from the Vice President’s Twitter account (@VP).


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DC News: US Dept of Ed ALJ Overturns Fines Levied Against Virginia Tech Under Clery Act

On March 29, 2012, US Department of Education Administrative Law Judge Ernest C. Canellos ruled that Virginia Tech did not violate the “timely warning” provision of the Clery Act after the shootings in Ambler Johnson dormitory in April 2007.

In addition, Judge Canellos determined that Virginia Tech did not violate federal law when the warning alert was sent by the university communications office rather than the university police department. Therefore, Judge Canellos found that no fines should be imposed on Virginia Tech because of the incident.

DC News: Obama Administration Announces Over $200 Million in Commitments to Big Data Research (3/29/12)

March 29, 2012; 2 - 3:45 pm ET

Via Live Streaming on the Internet, Federal government science heads from OSTP, NSF, NIH, DOE, DOD, DARPA and USGS will discuss what projects are covered by more than $200 million in new commitments to Big Data research.  See:

Their remarks will be followed by a panel of thought leaders from academia and industry, moderated by Steve Lohr of the New York Times.  The event will take place at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.



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