Sciences/Tech/Engineering/Math

U.S. Science is Lagging Internationally -- But How, Exactly?

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Many countries are outpacing the United States in producing natural scientists and engineers -- but most are doing so because they're graduating more people, period, study finds.

Manna From Heaven (er, Washington)

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House economic stimulus package would provide as much as $20 billion for students, $8 billion for scientific research, $9 billion for academic facilities, and $39 billion for states to soften blow of education budget cuts.

Making Human Rights More Scientific

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AAAS launches group aimed not only at protecting rights of scientists, but of bringing scholarly expertise to broader humanitarian efforts.

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.

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