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USAID Administrator Power Issues Remarks at Swearing-in Ceremony for Incoming USAID Mission Director for Bangladesh Stevens
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development issued the following remarks by Administrator Samantha Power at the swearing-in ceremony for incoming USAID Mission Director for Bangladesh Kathryn Stevens:

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I want to thank Karen for kicking us off, and Ambassador Miller and Ambassador Islam for being here to welcome USAID All Star and proud Texan Kathryn Stevens as our Mission Director to Bangladesh.

I also want to welcome Christian, her husband, and Quinton, her son, who are here to cheer her on. When you pursue life as a foreign service officer, the sacrifices you ... Show Full Article

U.S. Postal Service: Literary Arts Stamp Series Honors Cross-Genre Author
PORTLAND, Oregon, July 28 -- The U.S. Postal Service issued the following news release on July 27, 2021:

The forward-thinking and genre-crossing writings of acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin, whose novels and short stories increased appreciation of science fiction and fantasy, are being celebrated with a new Forever stamp - the 33rd in the Postal Service's Literary Arts series. The stamp was unveiled in a ceremony today at the Portland Art Museum.

As an author, Le Guin was interested in more than just science fiction and her prescient writings are now viewed as more than just fantasy.

"Ursula ... Show Full Article

Smithsonian Announces Its 2021 Artist Research Fellows
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Smithsonian Institution issued the following news release:

The Smithsonian has awarded fellowships to 14 accomplished visual artists from an international pool of candidates as part of the 2021 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship Program. Over the course of a one- to two-month residency, each fellow will conduct research at Smithsonian museums and research centers to inform the development of innovative, cross-disciplinary work.

Artists are nominated by art curators, scholars and former fellows, and then selected by a panel of art experts. Over 100 artists from around ... Show Full Article

NASA's Human Systems Integration Division: Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 Selected as NASA Software of the Year Runner-up
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- NASA's Human Systems Integration Division issued the following news:

NASA's Ames Research Center was selected as a runner-up for the 2021 NASA Software of the Year Award for its work in developing the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) system. About 150 NASA personnel, including several Human Systems Integration Division researchers, worked with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and airline operators to conduct technology development and demonstration activities to improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of the air transportation system. This was ... Show Full Article

Meet the Inter-American Foundation: 2021 Summer Interns
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Inter-American Foundation issued the following story:

In this month's interview, the IAF's summer interns spoke about their experience at the IAF. Despite the geographic distance, interns expressed that they have found ways of connecting with the team. We offer semester-long (virtual or, once the office re-opens, in-person) internships. To apply, follow the instructions on our Internships page.

What have you been studying, and why did you decide to intern for the IAF?

Adam VanGorder, Programs

I'm pursuing a Master of International Affairs at Penn State University, ... Show Full Article

Inter-American Foundation: InnovAction - Innovation in Action Responding to COVID-19
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Inter-American Foundation issued the following story:

Imagine a tool that harnesses big data for family farmers so they can apply for organic or fair trade certification. Or a crowdfunding platform to fund projects that improve local infrastructure and public spaces. What if incarcerated women could learn water conservation skills to help them rejoin society and qualify for dignified employment? What if your plastic bottles could become an ultralight bicycle-or weren't even plastic at all? Young entrepreneurs from across Latin America and the Caribbean pitched businesses ... Show Full Article

Federal Housing Finance Agency House Price Index Up 1.7 Percent in May
WASHINGTON, July 28 (TNSRep) -- Federal Housing Finance Agency issued the following news release:

House prices rose nationwide in May, up 1.7 percent from the previous month, according to the latest Federal Housing Finance Agency House Price Index (FHFA HPI(R)). House prices rose 18.0 percent from May 2020 to May 2021. The previously reported 1.8 percent price change for April 2021 was unrevised.

For the nine census divisions, seasonally adjusted monthly house price changes from April 2021 to May 2021 ranged from +1.0 percent in the Middle Atlantic division to +2.4 percent in the Pacific division. ... Show Full Article