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US Lawmakers Advance Controversial Science-Policy Bill
Nature

Social-science and climate-change research would take hits under legislation approved by the US House of Representatives. Known as the America COMPETES Act, the sweeping measure sets priorities for research programmes at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It has drawn sharp criticism from science organizations, which say that the plan would limit the agencies' ability to fund the most promising research, and from the White House.

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American Innovation Lies on Weak Foundation
NY Times

The iPhone in your pocket has more computing power than the Voyager spacecraft that left the solar system two years ago. High-tech cancer drugs are being approved every month. A few years into the future, Google's Calico project promises to extend our life span. But talk to a scientist in a research lab almost anywhere and you are likely to hear that the edifice of American innovation rests on an increasingly rickety foundation.

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A Strong Voice for Science
International Innovation
Incoming AAAS President and former Congressman Rush Holt explains how his tenure in the US House of Representatives has prepared him for steering the Association's well-established science advocacy efforts.

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Common-Core Backers Hit States' High Proficiency Rates
Education Week

It's been five years since states began adopting the common core. But many faces have changed since then in the big chairs occupied by the governors, state commissioners, and state board members who gave it the green light. That's why two Washington-based groups think it's time for a refresher course.

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NGSS for All Students

NSTA

The Next Generations Science Standards (NGSS) are intended for all students, and that is why the NGSS Appendix D is subtitled: All standards, all students. Science for all students should be at the core of NGSS implementation for those states that have adopted the NGSS and for those that consider adoption. 

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Four Tips to Close the Gender Gap in Science Education

PBS

Wearing a pair of mittens over a pair of gloves, I struggled to adjust my telescope to find a tiny blotch of a nebula between two tiny points of light among the thousands of stars in the night sky. The biting cold of a New England winter did not convince my lab instructor that we should stay inside. I was only taking Introduction to Astronomy to get my lab requirement out of the way. Why was I standing outside in this frigid air? I was a humanities person, an art person. I was NOT a science person.

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Beyond the Kite & Key

While most of society knows of electricity, few know the path electricity had to take to enter our daily modern world. The electrical research event most people know of is Benjamin Franklin's Kite & Key. This primal curiosity was not contained to only one legendary man. Indeed, the world saw a number of brave scientists experimenting with this wild force of nature.

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The Growth of Robotics in STEM Education

 

 

From Patients to Patience: A Physician's Career Changer Story 

"It has been the first time in my career that I have had to teach students who do not necessarily want to learn," states Mike, a physician who is now teaching biology to 15-year-old boys. He explains that teaching can be a challenge even on the best of days because these boys do not have biology as their primary focus.

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Kids Campaign to Interview President Obama

The Elliot Hines student ran radio and media program needs 99,867 signatures within the next 23 days in order to get an official response from the Obama Administration.

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Innovation Festival at the Smithsonian

   

 

 

STEM Magazine: May Edition

Be sure to check out this month's edition of STEM Magazine. This month's issue includes topics on augmented reality, making a good geochemist, creative problem solving, and so much more.

  

   
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