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Blog | Public Affairs
COVID-19 Relief Work in India
The Global Health Initiative (GHI) is focused on providing thousands of oxygen saturation meters—pulse oximeters—to India, helping individuals, families, and communities in limited-resource settings better manage their health amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 2009 President & Fellow Thomas Baer shares an update on this project.
Scientific Societies Support Additional Visas for Students with STEM Degrees
Scientific societies, including Optica (formerly The Optical Society), signed onto a letter supporting increasing the number of EB (employment-based) visas for international students who earn, or previously earned, advanced STEM degrees in the United States. The letter also requests that these individuals be exempt from any per-country cap.
Coalition asks White House to Support STEM Community in Afghanistan
Science societies including Optica (formerly The Optical Society) signed onto a letter to Dr. Eric Lander, the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to extend assistance to engineers, scientists, and other educated professionals in Afghanistan. The letter also asks them to assist women in STEM in their exodus from Afghanistan.