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‘Photonics’ Mention in America COMPETES is Good News for Progress, Economy, Says SPIE
Date:8/8/2014

Bellingham, Washington, USA (PRWEB) August 08, 2014

The first-ever inclusion of language on optics and photonics in legislation proposing reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act is being heralded as an important step toward strengthening U.S. global competitiveness by leaders of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

The bill from the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, chaired by Senator John (Jay) Rockefeller (Democrat, New York), asserts that “optics and photonics research and technologies promote U.S. global competitiveness in industry sectors, including telecommunications and information technology, energy, healthcare and medicine, manufacturing, and defense.”

Introduced by the committee on 31 July, the America COMPETES (Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science) Reauthorization Act of 2014 bill recommends that federal agencies work with optics and photonics industry and research partners and support internal programs to leverage knowledge and resources and to promote innovation.

“We are gratified and delighted to see support for optics and photonics in this legislation. This recognition underscores the vital roles that applications of these technologies play in the lives of people everywhere,” said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. “Senator Rockefeller and the commit
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