The Rise and Fall (and Rise and Fall) of Planetary Exploration Funding

Having looked at NASA’s place in the federal budget, I want to focus now on the role of space science generally and planetary science specifically at NASA. How does space science fit into NASA’s goals, and how has that changed since the agency’s formation? What are the effects of placing a high priority on planetary exploration (or not, as the case may be)?

Motorola Solutions Foundation Grants to Support 1 Million Students and Teachers in Science and Engineering Education

The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), announced that its 2014 “Innovation Generation Grants” will support over 90 organizations in the United States and Canada. These programs ignite student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as STEM-related careers for teachers and students, especially girls and underrepresented minorities.

U.S. Invests $67 Million to Advanced Nuclear Technology

Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s efforts to expand clean energy innovation, the Energy Department announced today nearly $67 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards.

Obama defense cuts jeopardize U.S. tech edge

Amid the rising threat of the Islamic State jihadist group and increased cooperation between Russia and China, military experts are warning the Obama administration’s $1 trillion cut in defense spending will put U.S. military forces at a serious technological disadvantage.

NASA Announces Awards to Expand Informal STEM Education Network

NASA has selected 12 informal educational institutions to receive approximately $6 million in agency funding to provide compelling science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities in informal education settings, such as museums, science centers, planetariums and NASA visitor centers.

VC investors hot for the cloud, mobile and robots

The survey noted that for the second year in a row, U.S. venture capitalists named cloud computing as the area in which they were most confident of investing. Mobile technology came in a close second to the cloud and enterprise software wasn't far behind. Robotics showed the biggest year-over-year increase in global investor confidence.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Awards $4.03 Million to Accelerate Innovative Transportation Projects

Funds to help projects in Alabama, Iowa, Oklahoma, Vermont and Washington. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced more than $4 million in grants from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) designed to accelerate innovation in highway project delivery.

High-risk brain research wins NSF backing

On 18 August, the NSF awarded 36 grants totalling US$10.8 million to projects studying topics ranging from electrodes that measure chemical and electrical signals to artificial-intelligence programs that can identify brain structures.

National Science Foundation Awards Six Grants for Climate Research

Grants from the National Science Foundation can help spur research in critical areas and increase interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The organization's latest round of grants, given to six universities across the country, may also support ways to combat or adapt to climate change.

U.S. energy agency jumps into fusion funding

Creating a fusion reaction that can produce energy requires taking an ionized gas, or plasma, and heating it, compressing it, or both until it reaches hundreds of millions of degrees -- much hotter than the core of the sun. Different types of reactors take different approaches: Tokamaks aim for low plasma densities but long confinement time; laser fusion opts for extremely high density but only for billionths of a second.

DOE to fund $55 million in vehicle efficiency, electric vehicle projects

Nineteen of the projects funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) are part of the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce plug-in electric vehicle prices to the level of combustion vehicles by 2022.

FFC Announces Funding for Rural Broadband Experiments, NTIA Releases Reports on Impact of Broadband Grants

The FCC intends for these grants to be the next step for the Connect American Fund program. Grants will be made to support rural broadband experiments to explore how to structure the Phase II of the Connect American Fund’s competitive bidding process in price cap areas and to gather information about interest in deploying next generation networks in high-cost areas.

Universities chase big defense dollars

“In the defense space, it’s been our experience that it’s a lot of the engineering schools that lobby,” he said, noting that technology, cybersecurity and munitions were also big fields for colleges. He said his work for university clients is “almost exclusively” related to research-and-development issues.

NASA Selects Proposals to Increase STEM Education at Community and Technical Colleges

NASA's Office of Education will award more than $17.3 million through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at community colleges and technical schools across the U.S. Each award has a two-year performance period and a maximum value of $500,000.

For Public Schools, the Long and Bumpy Road to Going Digital

Funding – or lack of it -- is the number one issue facing school districts as they convert to the digital learning world, said John Halpin, vice president of the Center for Digital Education, a national research institute that focuses on in K-12 and higher education technology trends.


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