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overview of the president’s budget request. This is the first step in a long process to approve a federal budget. The House and Senate must pass budget resolutions, send it to appropriation committees, vote on those resolutions, and then the president must sign each appropriation for the budget to become law. Ideally, this last step is approved by October 1. Continue reading


President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report on  Ensuring Long-term U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors. In the report, PCAST “recommend[s] that U.S. policymakers carefully select ambitious challenges, which we call ‘moonshots,’ as focal points for industry, government, and academic efforts to drive computing and semiconductor innovation forward together.”

The PCAST report provides four examples of moonshots that they recommend should be pursued in the near future. These align well with some of UT Knoxville’s strengths and provide great fodder for imagining what the next multidisciplinary center could be.
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21st Century Cures Act, and has sent the bill to President Obama who is expected to sign it into law. This bill is an effort from both sides of the aisle to accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of medical treatments and cures to the American people.

A massive undertaking, the Cures Act provides more than $4.8 billion over the next decade to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the Precision Medicine Initiative; the BRAIN Initiative; the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot initiative; and an initiative in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on regenerative medicine using adult stem cells.

“The Cures Act makes important investments that will save lives,” Obama said in a statement. “This bill will make a big difference, and I look forward to signing it as soon as it reaches my desk.”

Look for more information on this important piece of research legislation in the weeks to come.