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A Big News Month

It's been a busy few weeks in the news for technology transfer and the federal labs! Here are just a few headlines. July brought some new developments to the world of intellectual property—the first post-America Invents Act patent was issued around July 18. Only a few days earlier, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) urged the NIH to exercise its march-in rights on Myriad Genetics. You can read about it at Bloomberg Law, Intellectual Property Watch, PatentDocs, or the National Law Review—or just go straight to Sen. Leahy's letter. In lab-specific news and press:
  • "Crash Energy Management: An Overview of Federal Railroad Administration Research" was just featured in TR News, a publication of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. The Federal Railroad Administration sponsored Volpe Center to design tests and oversee engineering for the research. In conducting this research, Volpe collaborated with the American Public Transportation Association, local commuter railroads, Amtrak, members of industry, and the Transportation Technology Center, Inc.
  • Argonne has received some press for green-type initiatives: a green supercomputer and an electric vehicle smart grid center.
  • NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's time-lapse video is featured at FastCompany in "Curiosity Has Been on Mars for Almost a Year. Here's What It's Been Doing."
  • NASA's Glenn Research Center and its industry partner just announced that they've finished testing a 3D-printed rocket engine injector under a Space Act Agreement.
  • A huge magnet just completed its month-long, 3200-mile trip from Brookhaven to Fermilab. Read about it at the Chicago Tribune.
  • The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch reports on LANL's new MOU with Sigma Labs, Inc., to commercialize technologies pertaining to 3D printing of metals.
  • LANL was also in the news for its collaborative research with Sandia National Labs regarding hurricanes.
  • The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases' new containment lab at Fort Detrick anticipates that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will soon approve its working with toxic materials, according to the Frederick News-Post.
Also, change is (or may be) in the air for some federal labs and agencies:
  • Fierce debate continues over the planned move of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center from New York to Kansas, with legislation introduced to stop the sale; while on the other side of the coin, a Senate subcommittee approved funds to build the new center.
  • Following up on his recent testimony, the Energy Secretary is focused on restructuring DOE and its national labs. Read about what he's done so far at Science Insider and Politico.
  • President Obama has just appointed the first female American to walk in space as the new head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
  • A public comment period recently ended for NIST's proposal to create the first federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) focused on cybersecurity.
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