The eighth Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF 2014) was held last week in Port-of-Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago. The annual event brings together leaders from government, academia and business to share best practices for enhancing competitiveness, innovation and prosperity in the Caribbean and the Americas. The forum arose from the recognition of the need
Between political partisanship and the long-running recession, federal funding for science education and research has had some difficult years. Despite the political gridlock that exists in Washington, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have generally been supportive of strategic science funding in the interest of national competitiveness. To that point, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee
<img src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/argonne_crop.jpg” alt=”” width=”94″ height=”72″ />Prominent figures in government, national labs, universities and other research organizations are worried about the effect that sequestration and budget cuts may have on federally-funded R&D in general, and on HPC research in particular. They have been defending the concept in hearings and in editorial pages across the country. It may be a tough argument to sell.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/presidential_seal_small.png” alt=”” width=”92″ height=”92″ />With the looming US elections just days away, it’s worth considering what effect the choice for President will have on federal science and technology policies for the next four years. While this is hardly a hot button issue in most voters’ minds, these policies will have a much bigger impact on the quality of people’s lives than the political soundbites currently being sprayed across the public airwaves.
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