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  Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
 Serial/Series Title: Technical Memoranda
 Collection: Office of Technology Assessment
The Regulatory environment for science
This technical memorandum, requested by the Task Force on Science Policy of the House Committee on Science and Technology, provides a “snapshot” of factors affecting science in the 1980s, and focuses on emerging issues that will require consideration by Congress. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39622/
Research funding as an investment: can we measure the returns?
A report on the mounting intensity of global competition in the 1980s that underscores the critical role played by the basic research enterprise of the United States. Basic research is the backbone of much of the technological development that has provided not only our economic prosperity, but improvements in health, a strong national defense, and exciting and fundamental advances in knowledge. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39623/
A Review of U.S. competitiveness in agricultural trade
This OTA technical memorandum reviews key factors that influence U.S. trade in agriculture. It is part of a larger OTA project that analyzes the effects of technological change on both international trade and the structure of the domestic economy. Despite basic structural changes in the economy of the United States in recent years, agriculture and food production remain important parts of this country’s economic framework. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39624/
Technology Dependent Children: Hospital Vs. Home Care
This technical memorandum is about problems arising out of success. Recent advances in medical technology have permitted sick children who once would have died to survive with the assistance of sophisticated equipment and intensive nursing care. Often, the assistance is needed for just a short time, but sometimes the dependence on life-sustaining technology is permanent. As technology for helping keep children alive has improved, a new population of technology-dependent children has emerged. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39891/
Elementary and Secondary Education for Science and Engineering
Students make many choices over a long period, and choose a career through a complicated process. This process includes formal instruction in mathematics and science, and the opportunity for informal education in museums, science centers, and recreational programs. The influence of family, teachers, peers, and the electronic media can make an enormous difference. This memorandum analyzes these influences. Because education is “all one system, ” policymakers interested in nurturing scientists and engineers must address the educational environment as a totality; changing only one part of the system will not yield the desired result. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39906/
Marine Applications for Fuel Cell Technology
A report on fuel cell technology is one of the most promising of the new electric power technologies currently undergoing development. Fuel cell power systems have attracted attention because of their potential for high efficiency, low emissions, flexible use of fuels, and quietness. The Federal Government and the private sector have been funding fuel cell R&D for more than 20 years. The state-of-the-art has advanced to the point that fuel cell manufacturers hope to begin marketing fuel cells in just a few years. Full-scale demonstration plants are currently being designed. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39613/
New structural materials technologies: opportunities for the use of advanced ceramics and composites
This memorandum is part of a larger assessment which will address the impact of advanced structural materials on the competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing sector, and offer policy options for accelerating the commercial utilization of these materials. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39615/
Reducing Launch Operation Costs: New Technologies and Practices
This technical memorandum explains, the United States has spent relatively little effort in applying them to operations. Just as important as cost saving technologies are appropriate management methods, or strategies, to put these technologies to work. In some cases, OTA has found, cost savings could be achieved by streamlining operations and reducing the burden of documentation and reporting requirements that have slowly expanded over the years. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39924/
Review of Postal Automation Strategy: A Technical and Decision Analysis
A memorandum by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that reviews the "United States Postal Service (USPS) decision to utilizes single-line optical character readers (OCRs) instead of multi-line OCRs" and conducts "a comparative technical and economic analysis of the two technologies in the context of the overall postal automation program" (Foreward). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39554/
Commercial newsgathering from space
This technical memorandum concludes that although the technology is available to create a mediasat system, the high cost and current low demand for remotely sensed data will limit media efforts to own and operate a dedicated remote sensing satellite system. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39874/
Review of the Public Health Service's Response to AIDS
A review by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of "the recent and proposed activities of the Public Health Service (PHS) in response to AIDS" and an evaluation of "the planning, resources and staffing of PHS's efforts to control AIDS" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39586/
World Petroleum Availability 1980-2000
A technical memorandum by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that "estimates plausible levels of world oil production to the year 2000 and assesses the factors likely to determine which levels are actually reached" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39435/
Gasohol
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) addressing "the major technical, economic, environmental and social factors related to production and use" (Issues and Findings). Gasohol is a mixture of one part ethanol and nine parts unleaded gasoline. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39403/
Medical Devices and the Veterans Administration: A Technical Memorandum
An assessment by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of the "activities of the Veterans Administration (VA) regarding device development and procurement," specifically of medical devices (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39578/
Energy Technology Transfer to China
A technical memorandum by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that "examines the opportunities for the transfer of various energy technologies to China" and also "reviews the motivations for U.S. companies and other institutions for transferring technology and the vehicles for doing so" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39573/
U.S.-Soviet Cooperation in Space
A technical memorandum by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) intended to help broadly implement Public Law 98-562, which support a renewing of cooperation in space with the U.S.S.R. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39596/
Technology Transfer at the National Institutes of Health: A Technical Memorandum
A study by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that examines "current technology transfer and assessment activities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39495/
Space Science Research in the United States
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) designed to "elucidate the issues and problems in the current conduct of the U.S. space research program" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39491/
Automation and the Workplace: Selected Labor, Education, and Training Issues
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that examines "the nature and development of automation technologies (such as robotics, computer-aided design, and manufacturing, and automated materials handling, storage, and retrieval)" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39503/
Agricultural Postharvest Technology and Marketing Economics Research
A technical memorandum by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that presents "findings and conclusions regarding the role of the public and private research participants in the PHTME (postharvest technology and marketing economics) research, the benefits and burdens of PHTME research, trends in PHTME research funding, quality of PHTME research, and management of PHTME research in the public sector (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39500/
Habitability of the Love Canal Area: An Analysis of the Technical Basis for the Decision of the Habitability of the Emergency Declaration Area: A Technical Memorandum
A case study by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that examines "the technical basis for, and validity of, the habitability decision for the emergency declaration area near Love Canal" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39508/
Recent Developments in Ocean Thermal Energy
A memorandum prepared by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that updates the status of the study of Ocean Thermal Conversion. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39428/
Ocean Margin Drilling
A technical memorandum prepared by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that reviews "the present plan for the Ocean Margin Drilling program and addresses questions on the merits of the program and alternatives to it" and discusses "the institutional capability of the Federal agencies which are to manage this program; the technology development aspects, and the problems and opportunities associated with industry participation" (p. 3). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39426/
Remote Sensing and the Private Sector: Issues for Discussion
A technical memorandum prepared by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that :is designed to help Congress determine the appropriate requirements and conditions for private sector ownership of the U.S. land remote-sensing system" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39553/
MEDLARS and Health Information Policy
A study by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that "analyzes the arguments for and against NLM's (National Library of Medicine) creation and dissemination of health-related bibliographic information" and "provides information designed to help Congress in decisions regarding the appropriate mix of NLM and private sector activities that might serve the public interest most efficiently" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39485/
SALYUT: Soviet Steps Toward Permanent Human Presence in Space
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), which "has undertaken a study of the presence of Soviets in space and their Salyut space stations, in order to provide Congress with an informed view of Soviet capabilities and intentions" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39518/
Quality and Relevance of Research and Related Activities at the Gorges Memorial Laboratory
A technical memorandum by the Office of Technical Assessment (OTA) that reviews the quality and relevance of activities at GML (Gorgas Memorial Laboratory), based on Gorgas' publishing record, an OTA-commissioned survey of GML's scientific reputation, a critical review of recent articles and current manuscripts, a comparison of GML's areas of effort with health problems in tropical America and with scientific opportunity, and a review of past scientific evaluations of GML (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39515/
Scientific Validity of Polygraph Testing: A Research Review and Evaluation
A technical memorandum by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that looks at "issues directly related to the scientific validity of the polygraph" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39519/
UNISPACE 1982: A Context for International Cooperation and Competition
A technical memorandum by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) published after UNISPACE '82, the United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, that "constitutes a portion of a major assessment of international cooperation and competition in civilian space activities that was requested by these same committees" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39525/
Compensation for Vaccine-Related Injuries
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that specifies what a federal program that compensates "vaccinees injured as a result of being vaccinated in public immunization programs" might look like (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39417/
Benefits of Increased Use of Continuous Casting by the U.S. Steel Industry
An assessment by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of the United States steel industry, particularly various processes of casting currently used by the industry. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39397/
U.S. Natural Gas Availability: Conventional Gas Supply Through the Year 2000
An assessment by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that examines "the future potential for production of all forms of natural gas in the U.S. Lower 48 States, emphasizing the time frame 1990-2000" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39523/
Update of Federal Activities Regarding The Use of Pneumococcal Vaccine
A technical memorandum by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that "describes Federal activities that have taken place since 1979; reevaluates the 1979 cost-effectiveness analysis of vaccination against pneumococcal pneumonia, including new information on vaccine efficacy; and discusses policy implications" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39561/
Patterns and Trends in Federal Coal Lease Ownership 1950-80
A technical memorandum by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that "identifies the participants in the Federal coal leasing program between 1950 and 1980, traces the ownership on a lease-by-lease basis, and discusses the business activities and organizational structures of the lessees [sic]" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39455/
Nonnuclear Industrial Hazardous Waste: Classifying for Hazard Management
An assessment by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that addresses "basic issues surrounding a degree-of-hazard classification approach" and "various methods for applying a degree-of-hazard classification system" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39452/
Africa Tomorrow: Issues in Technology, Agriculture, and U.S. Foreign Aid
A technical memorandum by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that discusses the "major issues constraining the development and transfer of sustainable technologies for low-resource food producers" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39531/