Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s announcement in September that they will pour $3 billion into research, mainly at elite universities in California, with expressed interest to “cure all disease” within a century, was an endearing move from new money billionaires who have pledged to devote their phenomenal wealth to supporting biomedical research.
by Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein, ASTRA Senior Advisor and Futurist
As ASTRA’s Executive Advisor and Futurist, I applaud the perspectives so eloquently expressed by Bill Gates in the video Why Governments Should Invest in Innovation and in his print column ‘Accelerating Innovation with Leadership,‘ first published in GatesNotes.com.
A major revamp of the federal regulations and funding rules related to career and technical education in this country is on hold after the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions canceled a scheduled meeting. The Workforce Advance Act, reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, had been read twice in the Senate and sent back to the committee.
China wants it big in terms of size and degree. Recently, it has made some news for launching the world's biggest radio telescope and setting itself up as a force to be reckoned with when it comes to technology. Even in the field of education technology, China is making waves for surpassing the US by having the biggest investment when it comes to education technology.
In his recent op-ed for The Hill (“STEM education: Not just for the next Neil Armstrong,” Sept. 20), Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) lays out the importance of inspiring our nation’s next generation of scientists, engineers and astronauts early on. I could not agree more. We need to inspire and challenge our nation’s young people to innovate the future. -- Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)
Ambitious, complex research that leads to breakthrough discoveries requires large-scale, long-term investments. Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces $94 million in funding to support four new Science and Technology Centers (STCs), partnerships that lay the foundations for advances in fields ranging from cell biology and mechanobiology to particle physics and materials science.
Last September, the Administration launched the National Smart Cities Initiative to help communities tackle local challenges and improve city and municipality services. Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) -- the lead federal agency in the effort -- announced more than $60 million in Smart Cities-related grants for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, with additional investments planned for FY 2017.
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan just pledged $3 billion over the next 10 years to “cure all disease.” It’s a big commitment, and while we’re all writing snarky think pieces about their blind optimism we should also laud them for their efforts. But there’s some important context to keep in mind here: Compared to the amount of money that both private and public institutions throw into medical research in just one year, $3 billion is a very tiny amount.
In this hyper-partisan era of Congress, one unearthly goal has brought Republicans and Democrats together: Mars. The Senate Commerce Committee is expected to move forward this week with a bipartisan bill that, for the first time, calls on NASA to ultimately establish a human colony on the Red Planet. To aid the space agency, the bill aims to prevent any future president from interfering with a $19.5-billion authorization package or development programs for rockets and spacecraft destined for Mars.