September 29, 2017
Capitol Update

In this issue:


ASME 2018-2019 CONGRESSIONAL FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE IN ENERGY AND BIOENGINEERING

Learn more about the ASME Federal Government Fellowship Program by registering for our free October 27th Webinar highlighting two ASME Congressional Fellows!

Since 1973, ASME has sponsored 119 Federal Fellows providing them with an opportunity to serve a one-year term in the Administration or U.S. Congress. Fellows serve as independent, non-biased advisors in engineering, science and technology, bringing a nonpartisan, pragmatic approach to analysis and input which has a profound impact on the decision making process. The result is effective and technologically appropriate public policy based on sound engineering principles.

Applications for our “2018-2019 ASME Congressional Fellowships” will be accepted until January 31, 2018. Applicants for these Fellowships must have a strong background in energy and/or bioengineering. ASME has long supported a balanced portfolio of energy supplies to meet the nation's energy needs, including advanced clean coal, petroleum, nuclear, natural gas, waste-to-energy, biomass, solar, wind and hydroelectric power.  For the first time, we are also offering a Bioengineering Fellowship!  Bioengineers employ mechanical engineering principles in the development of many life-saving and life-improving technologies, such as the artificial heart, prosthetic joints, diagnostics, as well as exciting emerging areas such as nanotechnology and biomanufacturing.

To apply, please visit: http://ppec.asme.org/latest-news/apply-for-a-2018-2019-asme-congressional-fellowship/


REGISTER FOR OUR FREE OCTOBER 27TH WEBINAR HIGHLIGHTING TWO ASME CONGRESSIONAL FELLOWS

If you’re interested in learning more about what a Congressional Fellow actually does, join us for our October 27th webinar scheduled from 12:00pm-1:00pm (EST) entitled “TECHNOLOGY INTERSECTING POLICY AND POLITICS!”  The Fellows will provide valuable personal insight on their experiences working on Capitol Hill and how the experience has expanded their perspectives.

Guest speakers include:

  • Said Jahanmir, Ph.D., currently serving as a 2015-2017 ASME Congressional Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives for the Honorable Tim Ryan (D-OH). Dr. Jahanmir was recently selected to serve as “ASME’s 2018-2019 President-Nominee.”
  • Michael Martin, Ph.D., who served as a 2016-2017 ASME Congressional Fellow in the U.S. Senate for the Honorable Jack Reed.

Please register at this link: https://shop.asme.org/Registrations/Conference/FNDWEB3

The webinar will be archived for those that register to listen to at a later date. Additional information about the webinar is available at http://ppec.asme.org/latest-news/energy-news/asme-government-relations-webinar-technology-intersecting-policy-and-politics-registration-is-open/

To obtain further information on the fellowship and the online application, please visit: https://www.asme.org/about-asme/advocacy-government-relations/federal-fellows-program/new-20172018-congressional-fellowship

Our 2018-2019 ASME Congressional Fellowships will be sponsored by: ASME Government Relations, the ASME Foundation, the ASME Petroleum Division and the ASME Bioengineering Division.


SENATORS RE-INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN ENERGY PACKAGE

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., the committee’s ranking member, have introduced S. 1460, the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017 (ENRA). The bill is the successor to last year’s broad, bipartisan Senate energy legislation and was placed directly on the Senate calendar for expedited floor consideration.

The bill includes 11 titles, with provisions on energy efficiency, infrastructure, supply, accountability, conservation, federal land management, National Park System management, sportsmen’s issues, water infrastructure, and research & development funding. Importantly, the bill includes strong authorization levels for Department of Energy science and technology activities, including an authorization for the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). ARPA-E was completely defunded by House Appropriators in FY 2018. 

The new bill builds on the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, which included priorities from 80 Senators and passed the Senate with 85 votes. That bill fell just short in a bicameral conference with the House of Representatives at the end of last year, but provided an excellent starting point for Murkowski and Cantwell’s bipartisan efforts in this Congress.

For more information, visit: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1460/ or https://www.energy.senate.gov/public//index.cfm//bipartisan-energy-bill


ASME SYMPOSIUM ON ELEVATED TEMPERATURE APPLICATIONS OF MATERIALS FOR FOSSIL, NUCLEAR, AND PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRIES

Next year from April 2-6, 2018, ASME will host the Elevated Temperature Application of Materials Symposium in Seattle, WA. This symposium will provide a unique opportunity for those involved in the fossil, nuclear, and petrochemical industries, standards development organizations and government, and those interested members of the public to come together for a professional exchange of information. The focus will be on how best to develop new and/or revise and upgrade current design, fabrication and construction practices of pressure equipment such as boilers, pressure vessels and piping components that will operate at elevated temperatures where materials will be subject to creep, creep-fatigue, embrittlement, and environmental effects. Abstracts are currently being accepted through September 29, 2017.

For more information on the Elevated Temperature Applications of Materials Symposium, contact Colleen O’Brien at OBrienC@asme.org


UK-US BILATERAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGREEMENT SIGNED

U.S. President Donald Trump and the U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May agreed in January 2017 to strengthen U.K.-U.S. cooperation on science and technology issues. A step toward this goal was accomplished on September 20, when the U.K. Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Jo Johnson and U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber signed the first ever umbrella bilateral science and technology cooperation agreement.

The treaty outlines a commitment to collaborate on world-class science and innovation and builds on existing research co-operation to further scientific research and improve the two economies.

The first major project of the U.K.-U.S. Science and Technology Agreement is the U.K. investment in the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) and Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), for which the government has confirmed $88 million. This contribution will make the U.K. the largest country investor outside of the U.S. The LBNF/DUNE project is meant to help advance our knowledge of the origin and structure of the universe, but will also support efforts in precision engineering and other advancements.

To read more about this first project, please visit: http://lbnf.fnal.gov/


FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION’S NEW OVERSIGHT OF STEM CELL THERAPIES AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE

In a recent statement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., the FDA outlined several new policy steps and enforcement efforts to ensure proper oversight of stem cell therapies and regenerative medicine, which will advance a comprehensive policy framework to clarify the rules of the road to evaluate these products for safety and effectiveness given their tremendous near-term potential. Weeding out the bad actors is also key to this effort.

The framework will offer responsible product developers, which include doctors advancing their own products as part of regenerative medicine procedures to more efficiently gain FDA approval, with minimal burdens and cost. FDA will also continue to work closely with industry to find other means to bring novel therapies to patients as quickly, and as safely, as possible. One of these will include a continued commitment to fully implement the Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) designation. RMAT enables regenerative cell therapies to access the FDA’s existing expedited programs to foster the development and approval of novel products. Gene therapy products that permanently alter tissue and produce a sustained therapeutic benefit will fall within RMAT’s scope.

Some cells do not undergo significant manufacturing or change, after being taken from an individual and placed back to that individual. However, there are other cells that are combined with another drug or device and whose benefits and risks are not well understood. This would require the product to receive FDA pre-market review, which would demonstrate the benefits and risks in clinical trials prior to widespread use of the products.

The FDA is also launching a new working group to pursue unscrupulous clinics promoting products that are detrimental to the public’s health.

To learn more about the FDA’s efforts in regulating regenerative medicine, please visit: https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm573443.htm

Visit the ASME Public Policy Education Center at http://ppec.asme.org/ for daily news and policy developments, including the following:
ASME GOVERNMENT RELATIONS WEBINAR, “TECHNOLOGY INTERSECTING POLICY AND POLITICS!” REGISTRATION IS OPEN.
http://ppec.asme.org/latest-news/energy-news/asme-government-relations-webinar-technology-intersecting-policy-and-politics-registration-is-open/
Energy Department Announces Second Round of Entrepreneurship Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
http://ppec.asme.org/latest-news/energy-news/energy-department-announces-second-round-of-entrepreneurship-program-at-oak-ridge-national-laboratory/
Robotic Dentist Implants 3D Printed Teeth in Woman’s Mouth in Autonomous Surgery
http://ppec.asme.org/latest-news/rd-news/robotic-dentist-implants-3d-printed-teeth-in-womans-mouth-in-autonomous-surgery/
Currently Accepting Applications for the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering 2018 Program
http://ppec.asme.org/latest-news/energy-news/currently-accepting-applications-for-the-washington-internships-for-students-of-engineering-2018-program/

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