Competitiveness and innovation

26 Oct 2010

In  an October 13 letter to the co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal  Responsibility and Reform, members of the Task Force on American Innovation   urged that “our government must provide robust support for basic research,  particularly in the physical sciences and engineering, and for STEM (science,  technology, engineering, mathematics) education.”  Among the 42 members of the Task Force are  the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society.

20 Oct 2010

Developing  effective strategies to support America’s most talented students is a topic  that is often overlooked in the ongoing national dialogue about improving our  nation’s schools.  The National Science  Board has released an important report focusing on the identification and  nurturing of these students who could be America’s “next generation of  innovators.”

13 Oct 2010

This isn’t the America I would like to see for my grandchildren.” - Norman Augustine

12 Oct 2010

A very sobering report has been released by the committee that first issued “Rising Above the Gathering Storm.”  While finding that progress has been made in some areas, the committee, chaired by Norman Augustine, warns in a new report that “in spite of the efforts of both those in government and the private sector, the outlook for America to compete for quality jobs has further deteriorated over the past five years. The Gathering Storm increasingly appears to be a Category 5.”

3 Jun 2010

“Yet even as we have maintained our military advantage, our competitiveness has been set back in recent years. We are recovering from underinvestment in the areas that are central to America’s strength. We have not adequately advanced priorities like education, energy, science and technology, and health care – all of which are essential to U.S. competitiveness, long-term prosperity, and strength.” - National Security Strategy

28 Jan 2010

Last night President Barack Obama touched on many matters of considerable interest to the physics and science education communities in his State of the Union address: innovation, basic research funding, clean energy production, climate change, education, and nuclear weapons policy.  When the President sends his FY 2011 budget request to Congress next Monday, February 1, his specific intentions for many of these matters will be made clearer.  Of note will be the Administration’s request for science funding, which is a component of the total discretionary budget that the President announced h

23 Dec 2011

The Polish Presidency of the Council of the European  Union and the Delegation of the European Union to the United States led a  conference in cooperation with the American Association for the Advancement of  Science on enhancing collaboration between the US, the EU and its Member  States.

11 Oct 2011

Some of America’s most  prominent business executives have called on Congress and the Administration to  “improve the effectiveness of the U.S. energy innovation program.”  Among their recommendations are a significant  increase in funding for ARPA-E, and support for the Department of Energy’s  Innovation Hubs. 

26 Mar 2012

“While globalization  and technology have dramatically increased the skills and qualifications  required to succeed today, our schools are largely geared towards the  assumptions of a 20th-century workplace.“ – Senator Tom Harkin  (D-IA)

“The Federal  government does have a role to play in improving the education of our nation’s  children through programs supported under the Head Start Act, the Elementary  and Secondary Act, Perkins Career [Vocational] and Technical Education Act, and  the Higher Education Act.” – Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY)

10 Feb 2011

Insight  into the approach that the House leadership is taking regarding spending on programs  to foster competitiveness was provided by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) during  a January 24 briefing.  The briefing  was before President Obama delivered his State of the Union.  The following selections were taken, in full,  from a transcript posted on Majority Leader Cantor’s website.

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