Recent news of President Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2020 has been of great concern to the University of Tennessee research community. The White House recently released a 150-page 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
Parker Has Leading Role in National Artificial Intelligence Directive
UT Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Lynne Parker played a key role in a White House initiative announced Monday to bolster research, governance, and education and workforce training around artificial intelligence.
The White House directive includes five areas of emphasis to strengthen US leadership in AI, noting that, while the US was an early leader in the development of AI and machine learning, other countries also are moving forward.
Since her appointment as assistant director for artificial intelligence at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in August, Parker has helped lead the initiative, which has been months in the making.
PCAST Recommendations on Semiconductor Innovation
The 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.
Senate Passes 21st Century Cures Act, Sends to President’s Desk
In a sweeping 94-5 vote, the U.S. Senate passed the 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.
UT’s Parker Leading White House, NSF Effort to Boost Artificial Intelligence
The concept of artificial intelligence and automated machinery dates back at least as far as Greek mythology and has more recently found a place in science fiction novels, movies, and TV shows.