Sciences/Tech/Engineering/Math

Blinding Them With Science

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New study finds American students know fewer facts about science than do their Chinese counterparts, but neither group is particularly strong at scientific reasoning.

'Swimming Against the Tide'

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Many educators worry that the ability of the United States to produce enough scientists will fall short unless a more diverse group of students are recruited to science study -- and thrive. Despite the odds, some black females do succeed in science. Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls and Science Education (Temple University Press) looks at why some students succeed, and the roadblocks they face along the way. The book is based on a combination of statistics, surveys and interviews.

Evolving Position at Olivet Nazarene

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Professor involved in evolution dispute says university has lifted limits on his teaching and use of his book.

Stopping the Clock ... on Grants

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Congresswoman wants to use federal research agencies to promote advancement of women in university science departments.

No Worker Left Behind

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Largest industrial trade association endorses a set of stackable work skills credentials, hoping to prod companies to require them and community colleges to teach them.

Obama's Pledge to Science

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President Obama on Monday made good on his campaign promise to lift the restrictions imposed by President George W. Bush on federal support for stem cell research. At the same time, the president issued a strong statement on the importance of protecting science from political interference -- and pledged that his administration's policies would be based on sound scientific advice and would not impose ideological tests on researchers.

Beyond 'Drill and Kill'

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No offense to MIT or CalTech, but they can't by themselves solve the talent shortage in math-science disciplines. That's because the shortages projected are so great that colleges are being challenged to bring into the STEM fields students who would never apply to MIT and who would never think of a science or engineering career. For community colleges that serve disadvantaged areas, there are huge challenges involved in recruiting and graduating these students. Many have received inadequate educations in high schools and don't know anyone who works in science.

Supply, Demand and Foreign Students

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New analysis finds that "natural economic forces" (as opposed to U.S. failure) go far in explaining the declining share of science and engineering Ph.D.s earned by the American-born.

Soothing Speech on Science

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President Obama sums up priorities and sets new goal for research and development dollars in address to National Academy of Sciences members.

A Battle for the Sea (Grant)

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U. of Alaska strips federal grant money from extension agent over his environmental "advocacy," drawing complaint that it bowed to agency's pressure.

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