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President Obama highlights the importance of basic research in the State of the Union address ?>

President Obama highlights the importance of basic research in the State of the Union address

In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Obama called economic fairness “the defining issue of our time.” In addition to focusing on tax reform, foreign policy and domestic job creation, the president also drew attention to several topics of interest to the biomedical research community, particularly, the importance of federal support for basic research. “Innovation also demands basic research. Today, the discoveries taking place in our federally financed labs and universities could lead to new treatments that kill…

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New National Academies Report Details Ways to Improve STEM Education ?>

New National Academies Report Details Ways to Improve STEM Education

Last week, the National Academies’ National Research Council released a report detailing ways for improving K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. Titled “Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics,” the report aimed to “provide information that leaders at the school district, state, and national level can use to make strategic decisions about improving STEM education” by “outlining criteria for identifying effective STEM schools and programs and identifying which of those criteria could…

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AAAS Hosts Annual Science and Technology Policy Forum ?>

AAAS Hosts Annual Science and Technology Policy Forum

The American Association for the Advancement of Sciences held its 36th annual Forum on Science and Technology Policy on May 5 and 6.  Over 400 participants took part in a series of lectures, panel discussions, and informal briefings during the conference, held at the Ronald Reagan building in downtown Washington D.C. Headlining the list of notable speakers was John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  In his speech, Holdren emphasized that science and technology…

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Senate Passes America COMPETES ?>

Senate Passes America COMPETES

After months of trying, the U.S. Senate finally passed a reauthorization of the America COMPETES act last week, more than two months after the initial version of it, passed in 2007, expired.  The 2010 version focuses on three main areas: (1) increasing science and research investments, (2) strengthening science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and (3) developing an innovation infrastructure.  In particular, the bill provides a three-year reauthorization of the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy Office of Science…

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Science Featured In National Events ?>

Science Featured In National Events

Science is in the national spotlight as events and award ceremonies around the country take place.  On Oct. 10, the USA Science and Engineering Festival kicked off.  Dedicated to “re-invigorate the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM),”  the two-week festival features exhibits, movies and performances aimed at “producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science gatherings in the United States.” Meanwhile, several ASBMB members received national recognition for their accomplishments.  The…

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