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How to Spark Interest in STEM

May 26, 2017

"We need to find the opportunity to start that fire for students that are out there today," he said. But that's not an easy task, as this year's U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame recipients explained. Many students lack access to advanced math and science classes, especially those in schools that serve large percentages of low-income students.

National Science Foundation presents FY 2018 budget request

May 25, 2017

The FY 2018 NSF budget request of $6.65 billion reflects NSF's commitment to establishing clear priorities in areas of national importance and identifying the most innovative and promising research ideas that will yield the highest return on investment for the nation. It supports fundamental research that will drive the U.S. economy, support our nation's security, and keep the U.S.

No Evidence that "Stronger" Patents Will Mean More Innovation

May 24, 2017

One of the primary justifications we hear for why patents are social goods is that they encourage innovation. Specifically, the argument goes, patents incentivize companies and individuals to invest in costly research and development that they would not otherwise invest in because they know they will be able to later charge supracompetitive prices and recoup the costs of that development.

STEM Alone Won't Be Enough

May 24, 2017

“Most good middle-class jobs today -- the ones that cannot be outsourced, automated, roboticized, or digitized -- are likely to be what I would call stempathy jobs,” writes Thomas L. Friedman in his book Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in a World of Accelerations.