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Taking Stock of U.S. Science Literacy Broadly
Science Daily
lab_worker_woman.jpg What does it mean to be science literate? How science literate is the American public? How do we stack up against other countries? What are the civic implications of a public with limited knowledge of science and how it works? How is science literacy measured?
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Tuition in Wonderland: Higher Education Funding in Europe and the United States
The Huffington Post
College tuition and student loans have been in the news a great deal in recent years, largely because o f the alarming amount of student debt in the United States. Currently, student debt is more than $1.2 Trillion dollars, higher than both credit card debt and auto loans. This debt is no longer held by private lenders. It was taken over by the Federal Government in 2010 when President Obama signed a bill that nationalized all student loans in the United States, making the Department of Education the sole lender. 
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Girls and Women in STEM: Enough About the Problems, How About Some Possible Solutions?
Huffpost Impact
We all know there are talkers and there are doers. I have worked for doers. Strong women. Wom mature_businesswomen.jpgen who would make it clear that if you are going to bring up a problem, you better follow it up with an idea of how to address it. It became the unspoken rule. There are enough people who can say what's wrong, who will say how to fix it? And hey, if those solutions have proven to be successful in the past, that's even better.
Around the Community
"Learn to Speak STEM-ish:" Translating Afterschool STEM to Boost Public Support
Want to help afterschool STEM blast off in your community? Do you struggle to convince your stakeholders that afterschool must be at the table for conversations about improving STEM education? The FrameWorks Institute has recently completed a multi-year study of the messages about afterschool and STEM that expand people's support and those that are not productive.
Open Seats Remain in the Nation's First and Only Master's Degree in Pharmacogenics
Manchester University in northeast Indiana has a limited number of seats remaining in the nation's first and only dedicated master's degree in pharmacogenics. Classes begin May 17, 2016, in the intensive one-year program. A second one-year class will begin May 2017, and there is rolling enrollment. It is open to those with an undergraduate degree in science.
Space Frontier Foundation Hosts Annual NewSpace Conference in Seattle
The Space Frontier Foundation will host its annual NewSpace conference in Seattle this year for the first time ever - a testament to the region's booming aerospace industry. NewSpace is the only conference that brings together the three pillars of the space industry - startups, established companies and government agencies - with private investors and tech innovators. Featured speakers this year include Charles Beames (Vulcan Aerospace), Rob Meyerson (Blue Origin) and Dona Sarkar (Engineering Lead, Microsoft) among many others.
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