Nye: U.S. Risks Standing as Global Innovation Leader Unless it Improves Science Education

Nye is a passionate spokesman for science education in the U.S., and he often warns his audiences that the country faces the threat of losing its reputation as the leading global innovator unless it starts putting greater emphasis on teaching young people science and math.

The Global Mercantilist Index: A New Approach to Ranking Nations’ Trade Policies

Countries’ use of mercantilist policies in recent years has expanded dramatically, particularly in emerging economies such as Brazil, China, and India. These practices, such as forced technology transfer or local production as a condition of market access, intellectual property (IP) theft, compulsory licensing of IP, restrictions on cross-border data flows, and currency manipulation, all distort trade and investment and damage the global economy.

US needs more women in STEM field to stay innovative

To keep up with the new competition, we have to adapt. This ultimately means improving the education system to fully utilize our human resources. It also means including everyone in the innovation process. The STEM degree field (Science Technology Engineering and Math) in particular has a serious diversity problem; we need more women in the field.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Announces New Members to Serve on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the 27 individuals who have been selected to serve on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). NACIE members will advise the Secretary of Commerce on issues related to accelerating innovation, expanding entrepreneurship, and developing a globally competitive workforce.

How culture and an R&D line item can affect innovation and growth

Corporate culture is widely viewed as a key factor in innovation. So for its fourth annual innovation survey, Michigan-based accounting firm Plante Moran PLLC asked Midwest executives, managers and employees in small and mid-sized companies how culture affects innovation and growth.

What is Innovation?

So why does a common definition of innovation matter? Because if you don't share a common description of what innovation is and how it is created you have little chance of achieving it with the other members of your organization. This is particularly true for the entrepreneurial firm that is rapidly growing into something bigger and presumably better.

The Most Innovative Companies Don’t Worry About Consensus

Consensus is a powerful tool. When CEOs set out to conquer new markets or undertake billion-dollar acquisitions, we’d hope they’d at least sought out some consensus from their trusted advisors. We hope they’d be as sure as possible that their teams are ready, that their strategies are sound, and that they’d done their diligence. The problem with consensus is that it’s expensive. And while it’s worth the cost of consensus in the pursuit big, bold moves, it’s often crushing to small experimental ones.

How A National Network Can Spur Manufacturing Innovation

For the first time in more than 10 years both manufacturing output and employment are increasing. Since the end of the recession, the manufacturing sector has created more than 700,000 jobs and currently supports a total of 16 million U.S. jobs, according to NIST. Careers in manufacturing include those of engineers, designers and computer programmers, and the average salary of manufacturing workers is more than $77,000 a year.

Encouraging American innovation

Intellectual property (IP) protection generates value for innovations created during product and service development, across a broad range of industries including software, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, bio-tech and information technology services.

President Obama Announces New Manufacturing Innovation Institute Competition

As part of the effort to build on the progress made and highlight the need for continued investment in American manufacturing, the President is announcing today a new competition to award more than $200 million in public and private investment to create an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute, led by the Department of Defense, and the second of four new institute competitions to be launched this year.

How Cities Can Transform into Hubs of Innovation

At the U.S. Conference of Mayors fall meeting, President and Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson said cities must embrace technology in order to move forward.

Data-Driven Cities: Urban Innovation Goes National

With fewer bureaucratic hurdles than both the federal or state governments, and the opportunity for charismatic mayors to drive local change, cities around the United States and the world are experimenting with new ways to use technology to create business opportunities and improve citizens’ lives.

PM Modi's US visit: Defense, science & technology to lead India-US partnership

The tech-savvy prime minister himself set the tone ahead of his interactions, saying the US "continues to inspire India" in education and innovation, and he strongly believes in the possibilities of technology to transform governance and empower people in India.

Five Actions Policymakers Should Take to Spur U.S. Innovation

This week, SIA submitted recommendations about five such initiatives to the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and National Economic Council (NEC). SIA’s comments were in response to a request for information from the White House as it updates its Strategy for American Innovation.

Lockheed Martin CEO Outlines Technology Priorities

Hewson outlined the Corporations’ strategic technology initiatives, highlighted new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education efforts and challenged the audience to collaborate across the globe, connect technology development efforts to meet future customer needs and help inspire the next generation of technical leaders.


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