Energy Summit at National Academies

March 14 — The National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering held a summit on March 13 and 14 to examine the increasing importance of energy policy to the nation’s security, economic vitality, and environment. U.S. government officials and other leading experts delivered a series of presentations that will inform the upcoming study —

America’s Energy Future: Technology Opportunities, Risks, and Tradeoffs.

Summit Agenda and Presentations

News Release

America’s Energy Future Project

What You Need to Know About Energy booklet

Source: What’s Friday, March 21.

Chemical Abstracts Service providing Registry Numbers to Wikipedia

“Under the initiative, CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) will work with Wikipedia to help provide accurate CAS Registry Numbers for current substances listed in Wikiprojects – Chemicals section of the Wikipedia Chemistry Portal – that are of widespread general public interest. The CAS Registry is one the most comprehensive collections of chemical substances and the CAS Registry Number is the recognised global standard for chemical substance identification.”

From Knowledgespeak Newsletter, March 18.

Princeton Courses in Scientific Writing for Graduate Students

The Princeton Writing Program is offering 6 sections of two non-credit, 6-week courses in Writing in Science and Engineering (WSE). Space is limited and enrollment is by application only. The courses are sponsored by the Graduate School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). The application deadlines are in advance of the beginning of each course. For more information visit

Free Webinar on Photonic Integrated Circuits (4/9/08)

Join IEEE for a Free Webinar on Photonic Integrated Circuits

Learn about the latest advancements in photonic integrated circuits in an IEEE webinar taught by IEEE Fellow Christopher R. Doerr. “InP Photonic Integrated Circuits for Fiber-Optic Communications”, scheduled for Wednesday, 9 April 2008 at 2:00 pm EDT, will provide an overview of the technology behind InP PICs, focusing on devices for fiber-optic communications that monolithically integrate two or more functions. Ideal for telecommunications design engineers, research and development engineers and engineering managers, this webinar will highlight how InP-based photonic integrated circuits (PICs) can simplify system designs, reduce space and power consumption, improve reliability and reduce the cost of deploying optical networks.

Christopher R. Doerr earned a B.S. in aeronautical engineering and a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since joining Bell Labs in 1995, Doerr’s research has focused on integrated devices for optical communication. He was promoted to Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in 2000, received the OSA Engineering Excellence Award in 2002, and became an IEEE Fellow in 2006. Doerr is also the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters.

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