The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was enacted in 1998 in an attempt to curb the piracy of copyrighted works in the new digital age. The most important provision, commonly referred to as the anti-circumvention provision, makes it illegal to circumvent a technological measure that controls access to a copyrighted work or to distribute tools for others to do so. This means it is illegal to bypass DRM or other security measures. On its face this sounds very reasonable. However, this provision has had what were, hopefully, unintended consequences on fair use.
The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Office of Inspector General (OIG) describes the importance of accurate information in biosketches and letters of collaboration or support in its latest semiannual report (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/oig13002/oig13002.pdf).
Reviewers currently are being recruitted for the Fulbright Discipline Peer Review selection process. Professionals with expertise in any of the 127 disciplines are needed to review applications during a two-week review window beginning mid-August.
For further information on what it means to be a Fulbright Discipline Peer Review committee member and a full list of available disciplines, please refer to the Peer Review website: http://www.cies.org/PeerReview/.
On March 1, 2013, as required by law, President Obama issued the sequestration order, under which NSF budgetary resources were reduced by $356 million. NSF has since received its full-year FY 2013 appropriations and we are now finalizing our detailed FY 2013 spending plans. NSF affirms our commitment to honor the following guiding principles that were identified in Important Notice 133:
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research has set the meeting schedule for the Fall 2013 semester. It is available at /research/irb-meeting-schedule. Please contact Julie Simpson (603/862-2003) in Research Integrity Services with any questions.
It will provide better data for the annual national survey of research and development expenditures (sponsored by the NSF). The results of the survey are used by Congress and other decision makers in reference to the national investment in R&D.
The mission of the Ethics Collaborative Online Resource Environment (CORE) Digital Library is to bring together information on best practices in research ethics, instruction, and responding to ethical problems that arise in research and professional life. The library features online forums, instructional materials, a library, an encyclopedia, and best practices. It is hosted by the University of Illinois and funded by the National Science Foundation.
Alyson Eberhardt, coastal ecosystems specialist with NH Sea Grant/UNH Cooperative Extension (NHSG/UNHCE), works with citizen scientists in southeastern N.H. to document small-scale impacts of climate change in their backyards and neighborhoods. The data the volunteers will meticulously record, such as the date the tree buds open up, when chipmunks begin scurrying through the yard, and when blackbirds begin nesting in nearby marshes, will help draw a picture of how nature's calendar is being influenced by climate change.
A fully flexible, portable stand for tablet computers has received UNH’s first-ever design patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Therese Willkomm created the AT (assistive technology) Pad Stand as a presentation stand and a hands-free solution for people with disabilities to use tablet computers like the iPad. Willkomm is an assistant professor of occupational therapy at UNH and director of ATinNH, a statewide assistive technology program lead by UNH’s Institute on Disability.