Scientists in the U.K. have developed a novel approach to enabling collaborations between researchers at conferences and academic meetings: Treat them like genes. Using mathematical algorithms, the team created a method of matching conference-goers according to pre-set criteria, bringing about unforeseen collaboration opportunities while also enabling “would-like-to-meet” match-ups across disciplines and knowledge areas.
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Damage to or theft of technical equipment represents a dramatic financial and scientific loss to researchers. Scientists in Germany decided to find out whether the information content and tone of labels attached to the equipment could reduce the incidence of vandalism. They found that a friendly, personal label reduced the interaction of people with the equipment in comparison with neutral or threatening labels.
This week, Thermo Fisher Scientific announced that it would allocate nearly $700,000 per year to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarships at some of the world’s most prestigious universities. The company has established a competitive program to provide financial assistance to students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree or equivalent in a STEM field.
This week, Thermo Fisher Scientific unveiled plans to greatly expand its reach into high-growth markets in the Asia-Pacific region. It has invested $9.5 million in a new China Innovation Center and is expecting to add 200 to 300 engineers in the next two to three years, as well as a training center to instruct up to 2,500 customers per year.
In a new business, sometimes the better part of wisdom is knowing when to quit, a new study concludes. Even though persistence is a key to business success, entrepreneurs might be more successful if they not only knew when to start a business and take risks, but also knew when to abandon it and find something that provides a greater opportunity, the research team concluded.
Among the procedures Army surgeon Hawkeye Pierce performed on "M.A.S.H." was an end-to-end anastomosis. Most of the viewers, actor Alan Alda concedes, had no idea he was talking about removing a damaged piece of intestine and reconnecting the healthy pieces. Today, the award-winning film and television star is on a mission to teach scientists of all types to ditch the jargon and get their points across in clear, simple language.
In effort to show students the opportunities available in science-based career paths, Jennifer Burg and her colleagues at Wake Forest University decided to use music projects to help students in lower-level classes latch onto highly technical concepts in digital media. Making music is the main objective, but Burg’s ultimate goal is to get them to understand how the underlying technology works—and to love it so much they decide on a STEM career.
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.
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.
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. UT on Friday announced the donation from James Truchard. School officials in Austin say Truchard's gift is the largest personal donation so far toward the $310 million National Instruments Student Project Center.
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.
Many design and construction companies are frustrated by a lack of strategic information when it comes time for them to decide whether to expand their efforts globally. John E. Taylor, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech has created a unique lab at Virginia Tech that can identify systemic changes in engineering networks of industrial and societal importance, and could help guide these companies.
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.
Bai Chunli, as head of the largest research organization China, publicly expressed concern recently about when the Chinese scientific community will make an innovative, Nobel Prize-level scientific advance. Citing “negative elements,” he believes that despite massive investments in research and education, China’s scientific research is still weak and needs to improve.
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.
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