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July 2009


USDOL Announces Grants Under the ARRA

The U.S. Department of Labor announced five grant competitions, totaling $500 million, to fund projects that prepare workers for green jobs in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. More details and grant applications are now available on the USDOL's website.
USDOL Website USDOL Press Release


Bill Gates Offers the World a Physics Lesson

(Ina Fried, CNET News)
It's been a year since Bill Gates left full-time work at Microsoft, but he's found plenty to keep him busy. In between trying to eradicate polio, tame malaria, and fix the broken U.S. education system, Gates has managed to fulfill a dream of taking some classic physics lectures and making them available free over the Web. The lectures, done in 1964 by noted scientist (and Manhattan Project collaborator) Richard Feynman, take notions such as gravity and explains how they work and the broad implications they have in understanding the ways of the universe.
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Real Life Science and Math Project Launched in Boyle Heights Schools

(Gloria Angelina Castillo, EGPNews.com)
An initiative to arm Latino students with skills to lead the country and set the pace for other young people in the world of technology was launched in Boyle Heights on Monday. STEM-Up, a pilot program funded by the United States Department of Defense (DoD), is the first of it's kind in the nation, and aims to transform the low-income Latino community - with an estimated 35 to 50 percent high school drop-out rate in the country's second largest school district - to become a future pool of highly skilled labor in the STEM fields.
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Scientist Shortage, Maybe Not

(Greg Toppo and Dan Vergano, USA TODAY)
As the push to train more young people in STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - careers gains steam, a few prominent skeptics are warning that it may be misguided - and that rhetoric about the USA losing its world pre-eminence in science, math and technology may be a stretch.
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Rockin' Out for Science

Dr. Francis S. Collins, who led the government's successful effort to decode the human genome (he also happens to play the guitar) is among a handful of preeminent researchers featured in a slick six-page photo spread in the June issue of GQ. The photos are part of a larger ad campaign called "Rock Stars of Science" designed to celebrate scientists, highlight the importance of their research and draw attention to the funding needed to make their work possible.
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Sketching a Path to Better Education

(Markham Heid, Medill)
"If you don't learn to read well early on, there are ample studies showing that you are crippled all through school," said Ken Forbus, head of the Cognitive Systems Division at Northwestern University's Department of Computer Science. "The question is: Is there an analogous phenomenon in spatial thinking" that relates to sketching? Forbus said spatial ability is a great predictor of whether a student will excel in the "STEM" disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls and Science Education

(Sandra L. Hanson)
Hanson uses USDOE data as well as a recent survey of young African American women to examine the experiences in families, communities, and peer-groups that help young African American women "swim against the tide" of the white, male science education system.
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Under the Microscope: Female scientists share their stories, advice, and tips on how they got through.
SciGirls: This new show from BS will spotlight real girls using science to make a difference.
CalWomenTech Learning Library: The library is divided into six topic areas: spatial relations, tool identification, Math Made Easy, problem solving, blueprint reading, career tools.
Career and Technical Education's Role in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: This Issue Brief from ACTE describes how CTE can help to meet the critical need of developing a skilled, professional STEM workforce to secure America's economic future.
STEM Education Model: Ohio State joins the Business-Higher Education Forum for the public launch of Raytheon's STEM Education Model.


The Techbridge Summer Training Institute

"Center Stage: Effective Strategies for Recruitment and Talent Development"
Oakland, CA
August 3-5, 2009


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