Investments made through agencies such as the NIH and National Science Foundation (NSF) drive knowledge and fuel innovation in the neuroscience community. Neuroscience, the study of the brain and nervous system, needs consistent and predictable public funding of basic research to unlock the brain’s complex secrets and advance medical progress that ultimately will lead to a better human condition.
As the legislative season winds down, several wins for afterschool STEM education have emerged. Most recently, on July 13-14 the House Appropriations Committee marked up the fiscal year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) funding bill. The bill maintains funding for 21st CCLC at the current level of $1.16 billion, which is very good news! As you might recall, the Senate version of the bill
Two Maricopa Community Colleges will be part of a three-year, $2.3 million research grant from the National Science Foundation to study how algebra is being taught at community colleges. "We will be looking at the relationship between math instructors, students and the math itself," said Glendale Community College math faculty Laura Watkins, the grant's principal investigator.
Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI), announced July 12 that it will grant $2.81 million to organizations to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education with a focus on women and minorities.
A report published on July 7th by several federal-grant experts breaks down NIH award rates by age groups, finding that older scientists aren’t necessarily any more successful than are their younger counterparts. The report, published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, instead concludes that older scientists absorb a disproportionate share of NIH money largely because there are more of them, and they are more likely to seek money.
“With this appropriation, thousands of schools districts across the country would -- for the first time -- have access to new federal resources for activities like science, technology, engineering, and math competitions, hands-on and field-based learning, and bringing high-quality STEM courses -- including computer science -- to high-need schools,” said a statement from James Brown, executive director of the STEM Education Coalition, a lobbying group based in Washington, D.C.
The Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday easily advanced a bill that would maximize basic research in science and technology, drawing a clear distinction from a partisan measure passed by the House last year. The sole sticking point in the legislation is a $400 million authorization for science agencies that isn’t offset.
The US remains the single largest funder of research and development (R&D) in the world, but emerging trends show the global science funding landscape is becoming more diverse, according to new analysis by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
The new bill (S.3084) was crafted by Senators Cory Gardner (R–CO) and Gary Peters (D–MI) and has the backing of the committee’s chairman, Senator John Thune (R–SD), and ranking member Senator Bill Nelson (D–FL). It is much closer to the community’s view of the federal role in research and education than a sheaf of legislation adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives in the past year.
Last year Congress replaced the 2002 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, reviled for its emphasis on annual testing, with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The new blueprint for federal oversight of public education wiped out the $153-million-a-year Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program that had funded the training of Tampa-area teachers, along with three smaller accounts to support physical education, school counseling, and advanced placement courses.