May 08, 2016

Innovation is a much more complex process than people realize. When a technological advance comes into being, its creators are far from the only ones who deserve credit. Their creation could never have come into being without the herculean efforts of thousands of scientists preforming basic research. These unsung heroes of the modern age are hampered by the long term nature and intrinsic unprofitability of basic research.

May 03, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidance around leveraging federal funds for STEM education in an attempt to close the equity and opportunity gaps that persist for historically underserved students. A letter directed to states, school districts and schools offers examples of how federal funds can serve to support the development, implementation and expansion of STEM education and learning experiences to improve student achievement.

April 29, 2016

On April 11-13, 24 MIT graduate students traveled to our nation's capital to participate in the annual Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day (CVD). The Science Policy Initiative (SPI), a student group that recognizes the need for scientists’ involvement in policy formation, organized the trip. This was the 10th consecutive year that a delegation from the MIT participated in CVD. The students’ goal was to communicate to congressional members and their staff the importance of sustainable, long-term federal investments in science research and development funding.

April 28, 2016

Seattle-based nonprofit and the Computer Science Education Coalition, a national consortium of businesses and nonprofits, asked Congress to allocate $250 million in federal funding for “every student in every school to have an opportunity to learn computer science.” Doing so would “amplify and accelerate the local efforts in classrooms, unlock opportunity in every state, and give an answer to all the parents and teachers who believe that every student, in every school, should have a c

April 24, 2016

Federal funding for research rose by $3.7 billion, or 6 percent, between fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014, according to a new InfoBrief from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). A $1.3 billion increase in research obligations by the Department of Health and Human Services drove much of the upswing in funding. Federal FY2014 obligations for research totaled $62.9 billion.

April 21, 2016

Senator Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, and his Democratic counterpart have drafted a Senate spending bill that would give the US space agency NASA $19 billion in the coming year for the second year in a row. Shelby said that though that’s more money than was being asked by the agency, it's required so that vital programs won't stall.

April 20, 2016

In the last in a series of annual addresses before the Maryland Space Business Roudntable here, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said she would seek to ensure that NASA’s existing array of science and exploration programs were fully funded in the fiscal year 2017 appropriations bill. “Whatever we have on the books, make sure it is adequately funded and adequately ready to go,” she said in a description of her guidelines for the upcoming appropriations bill.

April 19, 2016

According to UW's 2015-16 data digest, federal organizations like the National Science Foundation gave science and engineering programs nearly $500 million for research and development between 2013 and 2014. This was 47 percent of NSF's total expenditure. Non-science and engineering programs received $26 million, or 2 percent of NSF's total expenditure.

April 19, 2016

A smaller amount of Zika virus funding means research into this disease must be prioritized. What should be the target? With each week it seems, we are learning about a new region becoming affected or of another side effect from infection. All the while, concerned Americans are calling for researchers to find answers.

April 18, 2016

Computer science is a fundamental skill in the modern economy, President Obama declared on Tuesday as the White House announced a series of initiatives aimed at advancing education in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. That includes a $200 million investment from Oracle to extend computer science education to 125,000 U.S. students, along with a host of commitments from federal agencies, schools and other groups to promote STEM training.