Science and engineering research space at the nation's research-performing colleges and universities increased 3.5% from fiscal year (FY) 2009 to FY 2011, growing to 202.9 million net assignable square feet (NASF), according to recent data from the National Science Foundation's Survey of Science and Engineering Research Facilities. Biomedical fields account for the majority of the growth.
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Women, persons with disabilities and three racial and ethnic groups—African Americans, Hispanics and American Indians—continue to be underrepresented in science and engineering (S&E) according to a new report released by the National Science Foundation. Data in the report demonstrate that women earn a smaller proportion of degrees in many S&E fields of study, although their participation has risen during the last 20 years in most S&E fields.
IBM and New York are teaming up to create 10 new technical education programs, one each at public schools in different regions of the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and IBM say Tuesday the goal is to train students for skilled jobs in technology, manufacturing, health care, and finance to support economic growth and development.
The deluge of data coming from today's countless electronic devices will be harnessed to take on the most pressing problems facing science and society at a new computational institute in Seattle. The Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing is being formed by the University of Washington and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
The co-founder, president and CEO of National Instruments Corp. has contributed $10 million to the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering to help fund a new teaching laboratory.
Professor and actor Alan Alda has a homework assignment for scientists: Explain the following question in terms a sixth-grader could understand: "What is time?" Alda, a visiting professor at New York’s Stony Brook University school of journalism, has made the assignment an international contest to focus attention on the need to better communicate science principles and eliminate misinformation about science.
The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) released a report titled Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2010 that unveils important trends in U.S. doctoral education. The report calls attention to the changing characteristics of U.S. doctorate recipients over time.
The Siemens Foundation announced the winners of its annual science competition for high school students during a ceremony in Washington on Tuesday. The winner was a high school student from Texas who earned a scholarship for a developing a computer algorithm that helps robots navigate around obstacles, an algorithm that could be used in applications like driverless cars.
America's research universities are essential for U.S. prosperity and security, but in danger of serious decline unless the federal government, states, and industry take action to ensure adequate, stable funding in the next decade, according to a report issued by the National Research Council.
Innovation often requires risky decisions, but tests for personality, intelligence, and memory don’t measure the ability of a person to make effective decisions in risky situations. A team of psychologists in Germany and Michigan have built a test that fills this gap, and it is now available online.
American students need a dramatically new approach to improve how they learn science, says a noted group of scientists and educators led by Michigan State University professor William Schmidt. After six years of work, the group has proposed a solution, the 8+1 Science concept.
Researchers who recently used functionalized magnetic resonance imaging to pin down the exact source of creativity in the brain have found that the left hemisphere of the brain, thought to be the logic and math portion, actually plays a critical role in creative thinking.
Emotion-sensing computer software that models and responds to students' cognitive and emotional states has been developed by a professor at the University of Notre Dame. The new technology, which matches the interaction of human tutors, not only offers learning possibilities for students, but also redefines human-computer interaction.
Should patent and commercialization activities by faculty count toward tenure and promotion? A large percentage of universities still do not include commercialization considerations for tenure and promotion, even six years after Texas A&M University created a stir by adding commercialization considerations as a sixth factor in tenure evaluations.
Professor Albert van den Berg, a professor at the University of Twente in The Netherlands and a 2009 Spinoza Prize winner, has developed a lab-on-a-chip teaching kit intended to bring both nanotechnology and biotechnology to the classroom. The first kits of being tested at the university and at a secondary school.
In supporting science and technology (S&T), no country outranks the United States. But the margin is closing quickly as Asian nations invest heavily in knowledge-based economies, according to a new report from the National Science Board.
Corporations inspire the next generation of researchers to embrace science and innovation.
New research from Northwestern University and Ohio State University shows that the average age at which Nobel laureates in chemistry, physics and physiology or medicine do their prize-winning work is increasing. The trend may have less to do with longer life spans than with how researchers are trained.
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—the so-called STEM jobs—have been slower than other disciplines to integrate women at the highest levels. With two-thirds of all undergraduate degrees and 60% of master's degrees now going to women, many believe it's only a matter of time before that trend influences the upper echelons of the STEM fields.
A new study suggests that an estimated 100,000 people in India may have escaped HIV infection over five years thanks to one of the world's biggest prevention programs. Though the true impact of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Avahan project is uncertain, its an encouraging sign that targeting high-risk groups remains vital even as more donors focus on treatment.
Four new studies by researchers at the University at Buffalo have found that when a woman's goal is to be romantically desirable, she distances herself from academic majors and activities related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Ssynthesis centers are designed to bring together and meld research from many disciplines of science. The latest iteration will appear at the University of Maryland as the result of a $27.5 million award. The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center will be home to research on such issues as water availability, sustainable food production, and the interaction between human activities and ecosystem health.
For decades chemistry professor James Hinton has used nuclear magnetic resonance to look at protein structure and function. But communicating his protein discoveries to students was difficult. With help from the Arkansas Bioscience Institute, Hinton worked with Virtalis in the UK to create an immersive 3-D virtual reality experience for studying proteins. The results have been dramatic.
Two reports released in 1999 and 2002 found MIT to be an often unwelcoming place for women. Since then, the school has succeeded in boosting the number of women on its science and engineering faculties from 46, or about 7% of the total in 1995, to 112, or about 17% in 2011.
Ever since a sustainable design team first discussed the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC's) LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification system with their first potential "green" client, the question that has been on every client's lips has been, "How much will it cost?"