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Legislative Commission on Science and Technology Legislative Update

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Francine DelMonte

June 28, 2010

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High-tech manufacturing economy emerging in parts of upstate New York    A number of high-tech manufacturing sectors are emerging in parts of upstate New York despite the impact of the recession, according to a recently released report by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The report highlights positive aspects of a sector that has otherwise seen major declines in jobs over the past several decades.

Source:  empirestatenews.net

Measuring the Impact of Federal R&D   The vast majority of basic research performed in this country is funded by the federal government, so odds are most innovations also stem from our federal research investments, right? The generalization may seem logical but it could never be proven. That finally may be changing as a result of a new multi-agency initiative lead by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, that promises to monitor the impact of federal science investments on employment, knowledge generation, and health outcomes.

Source:  ssti.org

Syracuse University wins grant to develop computer tools for designing green buildings   Syracuse University will use a $560,296 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop computer tools architects and engineers can use to design green buildings. The project's goal is to develop a "virtual design studio" that will let designers see how their choices affect a building's performance. The simulations will analyze both energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality.

Source:  syracuse.com

Funds for hydrogen fuel cells   Recognizing the leadership in the greater Rochester area in developing hydrogen-powered vehicles, Senator Schumer plans to fight funding cuts. "Rochester can be for fuel cells what Silicon Valley is for technology and New York City is for finance," he said.

Source:  democratandchronicle.com