Monthly Archives: May 2012

NEA, Salzburg Global Seminar, and Embassy of Austria to present Transcending Borders: The Intersections of Arts, Science, Technology, and Society on a Global Stage

The National Endowment for the Arts, the Salzburg Global Seminar, and the Embassy of Austria will join the conversation with a panel discussion: Transcending Borders: The Intersections of Arts, Science, Technology, and Society on a Global Stage on Monday, June 4, 2012. Featuring artist-scientist teams, along with policy makers and curators, the participants will examine the impact that creativity and collaboration across sectors can have in shaping the world of today and tomorrow.

Department of Homeland Security joins Alliance

The Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate, has joined the Alliance. This brings the voluntary, interagency Alliance membership to 17 organizations from 13 federal agencies. The Alliance is responsible for creating a decade ago, and continues to govern the free gateway that searches over 50 scientific databases, 200 million pages of science information, and more than 2100 scientific websites. Follow agency news at the website or on Twitter @Sciencegov, and take it with you on mobile

Blue Star Families Joins Forces with the First Lady, Dr. Biden and 1,600 American Museums to Give Free Admission to Military Families

Today, Blue Star Families announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,600 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel, including active Reserve and National Guard, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012.

Penn State

Penn State has many DOE connections: three Penn State-led projects have received more than $1.6 million in combined research and development grants from the DOE Nuclear Energy University Programs; Penn State was recently awarded $1.2 million by DOE for a project on offshore wind power; a Penn State research team will lead a lithium-sulfur cell technology project funded by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; and Energy Secretary Steven Chu was the commencement speaker at Penn State’s Eberly College of Science 2012 spring graduation ceremony. Read about these and more research opportunities at Penn State and find more colleges and universities highlighted at the OSTI .EDUconnections website, which spotlights educational institutions with connections to DOE scientific research programs.

Message from the Director: The Evidence for Spinal Manipulation and Low-Back Pain

We know that complementary health approaches are often used to manage symptoms of an underlying disease or condition, such as neck or back pain, or arthritic or musculoskeletal pain—usually along with conventional treatments. Back pain, in particular, is the most common condition for which adults turn to complementary health practices. And it continues to be an important area of focus of NCCAM’s research.

4 Things To Know About Spinal Manipulation for Low-Back Pain

Spinal manipulation may be used by chiropractors, osteopathic physicians, naturopathic physicians, physical therapists, and some medical doctors with a goal of relieving low-back pain and improving physical functioning. These health professionals perform spinal manipulation by using their hands or a device to apply a controlled force to a joint of the spine. Most often they also recommend self-care practices.

But, what does the science tell us?

NCCAM Clinical Digest: Asthma and Complementary Health Practices

Back pain is one of the most common health complaints, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives. The lower back is the area most often affected. For many people, back pain goes away on its own after a few days or weeks. But for others, the pain becomes chronic and lasts for months or years. Low-back pain can be debilitating, and it is a challenging condition to diagnose, treat, and study. The total annual costs of low-back pain in the United States—including lost wages and reduced productivity—are more than $100 billion.

Secretary Chu issues policy statement on scientific integrity and the importance of transparent access to scientific information

In response to the White House memorandum asking all federal agencies to establish a scientific integrity policy, Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently issued the Secretarial Policy Statement on Scientific Integrity. In it, Secretary Chu emphasizes the importance of the “free flow of scientific and technical information, consistent with standards for treatment of classified, sensitive, private, and proprietary information.” The policy statement says, “Transparency and accessibility of scientific and technical information support the continued advancement of a sound science and technology base to help guide and inform the nation” critical public policy decisions; advance the national, economic, and energy security of the U.S.; facilitate the accomplishment of mission objectives; and maximize the public value of such efforts. To foster access, the Secretary’s statement notes that “consistent with the Administration’s Open Government Initiative, the Department will use its website and the resources of its Office of Scientific and Technical Information to help make research findings more widely available to the public.”

Owen Chamberlain, the Antiproton, and Polarized Targets

Owen Chamberlain
Owen Chamberlain, winner of the 1959 Nobel Prize in physics, shared in the discovery of the antiproton in 1955. But his scientific interests were broad, and by 1960, he had embarked on developing polarized proton targets for use in high-energy physics scattering experiments; and in the 1970s he turned to the emerging subject of high-energy heavy-ion collisions. Get resources with additional information, view the patents and find out more about Chamberlain at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website.DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.