Getting Lean in Education--By Getting Out of the Classroom

This week, the NSF is announcing the next step in the I-Corps program-- I-Corps for Learning (I-Corps L). This version of I-Corps is for STEM educators--anyone from kindergarten to graduate school who teaches Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and wants to learn how to bring an innovative teaching strategy, technology, or set of curriculum materials to a wider audience.

Forty-five years after Apollo landing, U.S. debates next lunar step

Forty-five years after the first Apollo lunar landing, the United States remains divided about the moon's role in future human space exploration.

Extramural R&D Funding by U.S.-Located Businesses Nears $30 Billion in 2011

In 2011, U.S.-located companies spent $29.6 billion for extramural (purchased and collaborative) research and development performed by domestic and overseas organizations, according to statistics from the Business R&D and Innovation Survey (BRDIS). Read full brief here.

Senate Appropriators Press For Basic Research Hike

The Defense Appropriations bill approved by the committee Thursday calls for a basic research tab of nearly $2.3 billion, 5 percent above the currently enacted level. In its report, the panel said it was "discouraged" by the Pentagon's proposed cuts in basic, which it called "the foundation upon which other technology is developed." It noted that "basic research . . .spans across universities and colleges, small businesses and laboratories, growing future scientists and creating new business opportunities."

The House-passed appropriation (see report) provided about $300 million less for basic research. If the Senate bill passes the full chamber, something that may not happen until a lame-duck session, the final number would be worked out in a conference. History suggests the two chambers would then split the difference.

Source: ASEE

House Passes Research and Development Bills

On July 14th, the House of Representatives passed three bi-partisan bills relevant to the scientific community.  A fourth, the National Institute of Standards and Technology Policy Reauthorization Act was pulled from consideration but is expected to be voted on shortly by the House.

Two big dark matter experiments gain U.S. support

The Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced on Friday that they will try to fund two major experiments to detect particles of the mysterious dark matter whose gravity binds the galaxies instead of just one.

Community Colleges To Advance Innovative STEM Programs Through MentorLinks

Through the MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education program, the colleges will be paired with experienced community college mentors with extensive experience in planning and implementing advanced technology programs.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program Awards $2.5 Million to Nation's Future STEM Leaders

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, funded by the General Motors Foundation, today announced new scholarships totaling up to $2.5 million to 100 recipients pursuing careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM, information technology and other fields related to the automotive industry.

Scientists Turn To Public To Help Pay for Research

In over three decades of studying ferns, Duke University professor Kathleen Pryer has received her share of grant money. But for her newest project, she's getting help from a retired nurse in Canada and a 17-year-old in Arkansas.

FCC approves spending billions to put Wi-Fi in schools and libraries

The Federal Communications Commission on Friday approved a plan to spend $1 billion per year to provide Wi-Fi service in schools and libraries.

Boston University researchers receive NIH funding for genetic research in Alzheimer's disease

Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) received major funding from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) as part of a national effort to identify rare genetic variants that may protect against and contribute to Alzheimer's disease risk.

Education groups back $2 billion Wi-Fi plan

A coalition of education groups is backing a proposal at the Federal Communications Commission that would funnel billions of dollars into wireless Internet for schools and libraries.

Bill Gates: 'We need energy miracles' yet US invests paltry 2% of R&D budget in energy

The demand for clean energy innovation is rising, but R&D hasn't grown to meet the challenge. Bill Gates recently called for a massive increase in energy research.

Businesses step up to help with STEM education

The silver lining is that multinational corporations and local businesses are ponying up to help by offering time and expertise to students. They're also doing it in a way that advances the growing focus in education circles on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Siemens PLM Gives $1B in Software to Virginia Colleges

Siemens PLM will give more than $1 billion of in-kind software grants for manufacturing programs at community colleges and universities in Virginia. Students will have access to the same Siemens product lifecycle management software used in global manufacturing.


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