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Can Microsoft and Steve Ballmer help more young people launch tech careers?

Ballmer, who left Microsoft last year and now owns the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, and his wife are giving $11 million to the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship for tech students. Microsoft is injecting another $10 million. And the state of Washington will match the gift, bringing WSOS's new investment to a $42 million total.

President’s S&T Council Recommends Restructuring Federal IT R&D Spending

A new report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) proposes new categories for IT research investment in the coming years. Federally-funded IT research is currently grouped in eight categories introduced in 1995 for the purposes of budgeting and tracking. PCAST is recommending an overhaul of these categories to reflect the contemporary IT landscape.

NASA director to Congress: Funding NASA is an investment in American industry

NASA administrator Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden issued a stern request to the US Congress today calling legislators to fully fund the agency’s collaboration with private aerospace companies developing a shuttle program to carry American astronauts to the International Space Station.

NASA Awards Grants to Expand STEM Education at Minority Serving Institutions

NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) has selected five educational institutions for cooperative agreement awards totaling $6 million to provide educator training and expand course offerings in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

NASA Awards Grants for Technologies That Could Transform Space Exploration

NASA has selected eight university-led proposals to study innovative, early stage technologies that will address high-priority needs of America's space program. The selected proposals for unique, disruptive or transformational space technologies will investigate challenges in the areas of solar cell operations at high temperatures, atmospheric entry model development, synthetic biology applications for space exploration and dynamic tensegrity-based space structures.

New grants foster research on food, energy and water: a linked system

In a world where a growing number of people lack food, water and sources of energy, providing these resources has become a challenge. To find new answers, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded 17 grants, totaling $1.2 million, to support workshops on the interactions of food, energy and water, or FEW. Additionally, $6.4 million will supplement existing grants, enabling scientists to conduct additional research.

More than 900,000 to Benefit from Grant-Funded Science and Math Programs as They Head Back to the Classroom

Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, announced today that it will grant $3.35 million to organizations to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, with a focus on women and minorities. More than 900,000 students and teachers will receive an average of 100 programming hours from the foundation’s partner non-profit organizations this school year. Programs will support students of all backgrounds with a special emphasis on special populations underrepresented in STEM fields.

NSF invests in interstate collaboration in science and engineering research

The National Science Foundation's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program has made eight awards, totaling $42 million, aimed at fostering research collaborations among investigators and institutions across 12 states. These eight Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-2 (RII Track-2) awards to consortia of states are expected to build collaborations that improve the research capabilities of EPSCoR jurisdictions, making them competitive at the national and international level.

Intel launches US$5m fund to boost diversity in STEM education

In a partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Intel has launched a US$5m fund aimed at bring 1,000 students from diverse backgrounds into tech, particularly computer engineering and science. The Intel fund will aim to bring this many students into these fields in the next five years to increase the number of  “women and underrepresented minorities” who have been shown in figures released by the major tech companies to be the least represented in tech roles.

FY 2016 Senate Appropriations Bill: Department of Education STEM Programs

House and Senate appropriators took different approaches in their versions of the FY 2016 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill regarding the Mathematics and Science Partnership Programs.   House appropriators provided no funding for this program, in contrast to the Senate bill.  This and other differences will be resolved when Congress returns from its summer recess.

NIH dreams of an additional $323 million for Alzheimer's research

Distilled from discussions at a series of NIH meetings and consortia, the new document requests $1.06 billion for Alzheimer’s research in the 2017 fiscal year that begins 1 October. That’s $323.5 million more than the $737 million the president requested in the formal budget request. The new request, which NIH expects to update yearly, identifies 66 separate “milestones” for the Alzheimer’s community, ranging from research projects into the molecular pathogenesis and physiology of Alzheimer’s to new clinical trials, and studies aimed at caregiver support.

Federal Obligations for Science and Engineering R&D at Universities, Colleges

In FY 2013, the federal government obligated $25.9 billion for science and engineering research and development (S&E R&D) at colleges and universities, a decrease of $1.6 billion from FY 2012 (5.7 percent). Eight states (California, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Texas, North Carolina, and Illinois) each received more than $1 billion in funding during FY 2013, though each state also experienced a decrease from their FY 2012 total.

Analyzing trends in Pell Grant recipients and expenditures

Why has the number of Pell recipients declined over the past two years after such a sharp increase between 2008 and 2010? Two factors are at play. First, enrollment at vocationally-oriented colleges (primarily community colleges and for-profit colleges) increases during recessions as displaced workers choose to receive additional training instead of trying to find a job in an awful economy. When the economy gets better, more of these individuals go back to work and forgo college.

Warren, Cummings & Gingrich: Increase Federal Investments In Scientific Research

As Warren laid it out, a boost to National Institute of Health (NIH) funding, which she says has seen a 25 percent reduction in real monetary funding since 2003, would produce jobs, keep the country from going bankrupt as remedies are created for high cost diseases currently associated with the elderly, such as dementia and Parkinson’s, and allow Americans to simply live “better lives.” Gingrich said that one of the “most fiscally responsible steps we can take” as a country is to boost research funding for diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and cancer as the costs associate with treating them soars with the aging population on Medicare.

Science researchers turn to crowdfunding for projects

Researchers like Wyatt have instead been relying on crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Experiment to raise money. As a result, not only is a variety of science being funded that may not have received support otherwise, but the public is having a larger say in how researchers spend their time and energy.

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