A report released last week by Times Higher Education, the World Academic Summit Innovation Index, finds that university scientific researchers from many Asian nations—including Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and China—are attracting substantially more industry funding per researcher than their American counterparts. What makes this all the more striking is that American researchers tend to cost more than their Korean counterparts, and yet the latter still receive more funding.
Science and R&D
Hearing on Reforming the National Lab System
In testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy, Matthew Stepp argued that federally funded research results in scientific discovery that can play a positive role in America’s economic future. He explained that after a year of research with the labs, DOE, industry, and academia it became plainly apparent that the current system needs substantial reform. He emphasized that taxpayer resources should be used as effectively as possible and that market forces can help bring efficiency and rationality to the lab system.
Turning the Page: Reimagining the National Labs in the 21st Century Innovation Economy
The National Labs are a tremendous R&D resource, but their operations are still based on a decades-old management model that no longer meets the needs of our modern innovation ecosystem. This study presents a series of concrete proposals for Congress and the Administration that can ensure the Labs better meet their mission and produce useful technologies that benefit the American economy.
Cicada Tracker and the Future of Citizen Sensing
The massive cicada bloom that spread across the eastern seaboard this spring is winding down, but its end heralds another gradually emerging entity: citizen sensing. The Cicada Tracker—a community data-gathering initiative for documenting the noisy insects’ emergence from their burrows—was a rousing success, and it should encourage data innovators across the country to think about what a few motivated citizens and some commodity hardware can do for their communities.
Canada is Right to Focus on Applied Research
In an op-ed for the Ottawa Citizen, Rob Atkinson argues the Canadian government made the right decision in choosing to refocus its National Research Council on industrially-relevant research and the United States should follow the lead of our neighbor to the north