SPIE Volunteers Urge Congress to Boost Jobs, Economy through Photonics Support

WASHINGTON, D.C., and BELLINGHAM, Washington (PRWEB) March 24, 2013

Volunteers sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, were in Washington, D.C., last week to thank Congressional representatives for recent support for photonics R&D and to urge future support for in several key areas vital to economic growth and scientific progress. They were among more than 250 scientists, engineers, and business leaders visiting Capitol Hill 12-13 March for a Congressional Visits Day (CVD) sponsored by the Science-Engineering-Technology (SET) Work Group.

SPIE volunteers focused primarily on three messages identified by the SPIE Engineering, Science, and Technology Policy (ESTeP):

Support for a National Photonics Initiative (NPI) being forwarded by a coalition of professional societies including SPIE, LIA (Laser Institute of America), IEEE Photonics Society, OSA (The Optical Society), and the American Physical Society. The NPI will foster increased collaboration and coordination between industry, government, and academia to identify and advance areas of photonics that are critical for maintaining U.S. competitiveness and national security.

Overhaul of export controls. Overly restrictive regulations on dual-use technologies and inconsistent interpretation and enforcement have created business, research, and workforce barriers that limit U.S. leadership in science and technology. Government export rules have driven high-tech jobs abroad and have made U.S. companies uncompetitive in the global marketplace.

????Eliminating restrictions on government-employee travel to scientific conferences. Regulations released in a May 2012 OMB (Office of Management and Budget) memorandum are being applied inconsistently and limit federal participation in scientific and technical conferences, impeding the dissemination of research that results in useful innovation and imposing adverse long-term consequences on national competitiveness.

SPIE volunteers included:

Dan Christensen (New York)
Olivia Rae Fehlberg (Arizona)
Ben Franta (Iowa/Massachusetts)
Thomas Koch (Arizona)
Sara Landau Lampen (Arizona)
Robert Lieberman (California)
Jim McNally (New Mexico)
Kaye Rowan (Arizona).

The volunteers said they were pleased with the results of their visits and the reception they received on Capitol Hill. Members and staff were generally in agreement that now is a critical time for the U.S. to be prioritizing investments in science and innovation and that while control of spending is important, funding for R&D and for STEM education are important ways to grow the economy.

“I appreciate the preparations by SPIE to support those of us working in photonics to succinctly bring our message to our representatives in Congress, said Jim McNally, director of operations at Applied Technology Associates. The background materials and coaching tips provided really help us to clearly and concisely articulate the critical priorities to support our nation’s competiveness and innovation edge. We were able to have very productive discussions emphasizing the urgency for a National Photonics Initiative.”

Ben Franta, a student at Harvard University, called the event an eye-opening experience. In the same way that being a scientist or engineer is very different from what most other people imagine it to be, our government operates in a way that’s different from what we might expect by watching or reading the news.

Franta said the CVD program was a valuable opportunity to engage with our lawmakers in a way that can lead to real results. To me, the fact that SPIE makes such great use of this opportunity — both to communicate with Congress and to educate students like me — shows a forward-looking approach to promoting technologies in optics and photonics in this country and throughout the world.” (Read more first-hand observations in an interview with Franta on the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences website: https://www.seas.harvard.edu/news-events/press-releases/capitol-gains.)

An evening reception provided an informal opportunity for CVD participants to talk with Congressional members and staff, and included an exhibition in which company representatives demonstrated products based on discoveries and innovations resulting from federal R&D funding. SPIE co-sponsored a booth highlighting the recent National Academies report, Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for our Nation, and raising awareness of efforts to create the NPI.

At the reception, the SET George E. Brown Award was presented to Representatives Mike Honda (D-California) and Richard Hanna (R-New York), to recognize their outstanding efforts to advance and promote science, engineering, and technology on Capitol Hill.

More than 50 percent of all industrial innovation and growth in the United States since World War II can be attributed to advances pioneered through scientific research, with publicly funded R&D the vital foundation for todays scientific and technological progress.

Technology transfer from academic research adds billions of dollars to the economy each year and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs.

About SPIE

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $ 3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2012.

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More Sunroom Customers Over Past Six Months Choose To Match Roofing of Home, Says President of Venetian Builders, Inc., Citing Better Economy, Low Interest Rates

MIAMI, FL (PRWEB) February 22, 2013

More people who expand their homes with aluminum sunroom additions have been choosing to match roof materials to those on the original home, said Christopher Noe, president of Venetian Builders, Inc., Miami, commenting on a trend hes seen develop over the past six months.

Sunrooms can stand safely and weather tight with just their insulated roofing panels, Noe said. Many homeowners go that route simply because its the most affordable way to get all-season square footage. But increasingly, especially over the past half-year, buyers of sunroom installations are asking us to match the roofing on their home.

The advantage of matched roofing is purely aesthetic, Noe said.

Go to a gallery of quality sunrooms and youll see that if a roofline is continued over the sunroom, matching roof materials makes the end result appear as one unit, not an addition, Noe said. If the roofline is separate, matching the clay tiles or other roofing materials still makes the sunroom look like it belongs.

What Noe expects to see is a decision by more patio room customers, not just sunroom buyers, to match roofing materials.

The buyer of, say, a Miramar patio enclosure typically has a lower budget than the buyer of a Boca Raton sunroom, Noe said. But with the advances in insulated all-weather patio enclosures, homeowners are discovering that adding enclosed patio room living space is affordable, and they have money left in their budget for roof matching.

Citing reports from census.gov, Noe notes that Americans moved more in 2012 than in 2011, but still at historically low rates. The longer stays are combining with improving real estate markets to increase equity.

To get the space they need, homeowners are adding on, Noe said. Its cheaper than buying a bigger house and paying closing costs and moving charges.

The time from permitting to occupancy on an aluminum-frame addition is shorter than for traditional construction methods, Noe said, adding convenience.

Low interest rates make additions more affordable, he said. Bankrate.com recently reported the average rate for a home-equity line of credit was 5.03 percent.

Go to an online loan payment calculator such as ihsloans.com and youll see that a $ 25,000 loan would cost just over $ 265 a month with a 10-year payoff, Noe said. Thats doable for many homeowners who have been in their homes a while and built up equity.

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Profit Confidential Expert Reports: Latest Housing Data Suggest U.S. Economy in 2013 Will Be Too Slow for Housing Market Rebound

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 10, 2012

In a recent Profit Confidential article, lead contributor and financial expert Michael Lombardi reports that, according to recent data from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the total number of mortgage applications filed in the U.S. fell 12% for the week ending October 19 compared to the week earlier. (Source: Mortgage Bankers Association, October 24, 2012.) Lombardi notes that this lack of appetite for borrowing is just one of many signs that suggest the U.S. housing market is still in poor condition. According to Lombardi, for the housing market to recover, the U.S. economy in 2013 will have to improve significantly, which he doesnt see happening.

Yes, there has been good housing market data flow from some parts, but overall the housing market is still beaten to the ground, says Lombardi. He believes the U.S. economy in 2013 will be worse than people expect.

Lombardi notes that while home prices may have increased a little, the overall market is still in trouble.

In the article Think Theres a Recovery in the Housing Market? Think Again, Lombardi reports that in September, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate in the U.S. fell to the record low of 3.47%, compared to 3.60% in August, according to Freddie Mac. (Source: National Association of Realtors.) But the growth in buyers for homes has not been from homeowners; it has come from investors.

To have a healthy housing market, the people who actually buy the homes need to live in them, reasons Lombardi. However, record-low interest rates are not luring would-be homeowners back into the housing market.

According to the Profit Confidential expert, in order for there to be a healthy recovery for the housing market and the U.S. economy in 2013, several areas will need to see an improvement, including an increase in mortgage lending, an increase in first-time homebuyers, an improvement in existing home sales, a decrease in distressed home sales, and mortgage payments made on time.

A housing market recovery is crucial to an economic recovery for America, but it has to be a real recovery; not investors buying houses to rent them out to tenants, Lombardi concludes, warning that both the housing market and the U.S. economy in 2013 are on the edge.

Profit Confidential, which has been published for over a decade now, has been widely recognized as predicting five major economic events over the past 10 years. In 2002, Profit Confidential started advising its readers to buy gold-related investments when gold traded under $ 300 an ounce. In 2006, it begged its readers to get out of the housing market…before it plunged.

Profit Confidential was among the first (back in late 2006) to predict that the U.S. economy would be in a recession by late 2007. The daily e-letter correctly predicted the crash in the stock market of 2008 and early 2009. And Profit Confidential turned bullish on stocks in March of 2009 and rode the bear market rally from a Dow Jones Industrial Average of 6,440 on March 9, 2009, to 12,876 on May 2, 2011, a gain of 99%.

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