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How the movie 'Hidden Figures' inspired Dallas' black engineering community

January 15, 2017

The inspiring NASA movie Hidden Figures is resonating with moviegoers, especially black women who have encountered similar obstacles in engineering and the sciences. It tells the true story of three black women whose exceptional math skills played an integral role in the space race during the Jim Crow era of the 1960s.

White House honors 19 NSF-supported early-career researchers

January 12, 2017

President Obama has named 102 scientists and engineers, including 19 nominated by the National Science Foundation (NSF), as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). PECASE is the U.S. government's highest award for scientists and engineers in the early stages of their research careers and who show the potential for exceptional leadership.

Strong role for optics and photonics in American Innovation and Competitiveness Act hailed by SPIE

January 12, 2017

The language of the act (S. 3084) specifically calls out optics and photonics. It amends and establishes programs of the U.S. National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology and for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

How virtual reality technology is changing the way students learn

January 12, 2017

A virtual world is typically a multi-user, computer-based environment in which users interact with one another through pre-programmed avatars or digital representations of the user. These worlds allow teachers to “take” students to otherwise impossible locations. Science, medicine and maths tend to be particularly suited to virtual environments.